Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Date Started: July 23
Date Finished: July 28
Format: Paperback from local library
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?
I always forget that after drowing myself in fantasy/paranormal books, it’s always nice to read a few contemporary novels to freshen things up. And Kasie West has quickly become one of my favorite authors in this category of fiction. I really loved reading P.S. I Like You earlier this year, and I had high hopes for By Your Side. And let me tell you, this book did not disappoint.
The characters were fun to read about. I especially like how real Autumn is with her anxiety. I also loved the fact that she didn’t tell her friends until an event causes her too, which is strange because I don’t usually like those big freakout scenes. The character of Jeff really made me smile and even though I don’t ususally like books with love triangles, this one was really interesting to read because I loved both guys that Autumn was interested in. Jeff was funny and loved to play practical jokes. While Dax was sometimes too serious. And even that scene that Autumn tells Jeff that even though she’s been wanting to go out with him for the last year, she can’t because she likes someone else was really nicely done. He didn’t freak out and call her mean names. He just smiled and wished her luck. And they still remained friends!
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I did not want this book to end, and maybe that’s why it took me so long to read it. Because now I feel like I’m officially in a book hangover. How will I move on to another book when those characters were so wonderful?
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