Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Published: 31 January 2017 | Harper Teen
Date Read: 29 January 2017
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?
*ARC Kindly provided by Harper Teen Thru Edelweiss for review*
Let me start this off by saying that I love Kasie West. Whenever I’m in the mood for some fluffy and easy to read romances, her books are always there for me. It made me swoon and smile and feel “kilig” whenever I needed to feel those things.
Any Kasie West book is an auto-read for me and By Your Side’s premise certainly captured my interest.
A girl and a girl got locked up inside the library for the weekend.
Autumn was set to go to a bonfire and cabin with her friends until she finds herself locked up inside the library because of too much Dr. Pepper. Just when she thought she was stranded there all by herself, she finds out that the school’s troublemaker and bad-boy Dax was also locked up inside.
Autumn is your typical girl next-door. She has good grades, good set of friends and a great family life. She’s seems perfect on the outside but she has anxiety disorder that she kept from her friends for the fear of being treated differently. Dax is dark and mysterious. He has a reputation of being a loner and apparently, after his stint at juvie, a troublemaker.
As much as I admire Autumn and Dax, I really had a hard time connecting with them. Both felt flat for me. They both have the potential to give more, to us readers, but they didn’t. Thus, there characters ended up feeling flat.
The budding romance between these two started when they were locked inside the library. Yes, I get giddy at times but since I had a hard time connecting with the characters as individuals, I also had a hard time feeling the connection between these two. The first few parts were cute but the rest felt “meh” for me. Oh, and not to spoil you guys and girls, but there’s a love triangle here. A love triangle that seems a bit forced and just really didn’t convinced me.
By Your Side carries a much serious topic like Autumn’s Anxiety disorder and Dax’s problem with the foster care system. I appreciate how West could convey these serious subjects in a different way. A lighter way avoiding the heavy drama.
Overall, it was just an okay read for me. Not really the best of Kasie West that I’ve read but still okay. I still love Kasie West’s engaging and easy to read writing. I know there’s still a lot more to come from her so I’ll definitely wait for those.