Title: By Your Side
Publication Date: January 31st, 2017
Publisher: Harper Teen
Author: Kasie West
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Summary: In this irresistible story, Kasie West explores the timeless question of what to do when you fall for the person you least expect. Witty and romantic, this paperback original from a fan favorite is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson.
When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.
Only he doesn’t come. No one does.
Instead it becomes clear that Autumn is going to have to spend the next couple of days living off vending-machine food and making conversation with a boy who clearly wants nothing to do with her. Except there is more to Dax than meets the eye. As he and Autumn first grudgingly, and then not so grudgingly, open up to each other, Autumn is struck by their surprising connection. But can their feelings for each other survive once the weekend is over and Autumn’s old life, and old love interest, threaten to pull her from Dax’s side?
Fave Cinnamon Rolls: Jeff, Autumn
Needed BROTP: Jeff & Autumn
Actual Review: I would have to say that By Your Side has been my least favorite Kasie West so far that I have read. It is at the strongest a 3.5 and more likely just a straight 3 star read. It just seemed to lack that uniqueness that both PS I like You & The Distance Between Us seemed to have. I would not categorize any of the boys in this story as swoon-worthy at all.
I think one of the things that makes it fall flat is the fact it’s sold as locked in library book and really the library isn’t as big setting as it should be. Probably 40% of the way in and they are already out of the library. So no it’s not really a locked in library love story.
Autumn was a great character and something that was really unique is how she handled her anxiety disorder. She is a teenage girl, of course she is going to be extremely wary of telling her friends. But she doesn’t see it as much of a disability, she doesn’t make it an excuse of not to do things. I think she is one of the few good things about this story but yet she was also a part of why it failed.
The LI was kind of dumb. Dax isn’t really all the big of a love interest and it didn’t seem all that believable to me of a love story. It barely seemed like a good Friendship story. Dax is too Walls Up and harsh to be a swoon-worthy boy. Jeff on the other-hand is adorable and funny but Autumn has a great and believable reason as to why not be with him that has nothing to do with Dax.
The story is definitely still one of those books that you can read in one sitting. And maybe if not super in depth romances are your thing, then this would be for you. But i have read better Kasie West’s and just wasn’t wowed by this one.