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ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: 2017
Genre: Fiction; YA Contemporary
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By Your Side by Kasie West | Book Review
STORY | For Autumn, her weekend just went from promise to despair. Just as she, her friends, and the boy she’s unashamedly crushing on plan to leave for a Friday night of fun, Autumn Collins is left behind – and locked in a library!
A misunderstanding between Autumn, her friends and the boy, Jeff, leaves her stuck in the library without a phone or means of contact with the outside world. To pile even more distress onto the situation, it’s a long weekend which means Autumn won’t be discovered until Tuesday. But then, she discovers she’s not the only library inhabitant. Dax Miller is also stowing away in the tome filled building, and together, they may just discover there’s more to first impressions.
REVIEW | It’d have to be a really bad day in my reading life for me not to enjoy a novel by Kasie West. Of the 4 or 5 novels I’ve read from her, not a one has disappointed. Sure I have favorites, but each one is a ray of sunshine. By Your Side follows in the same footsteps as its companions. Though delightfully simple, this plot delights from first page to last.
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Despite what the synopsis suggests, this novel is actually more than a locked-in-the-library YA romance. There are emotional hurdles you don’t anticipate, and a heroine who deals with anxiety. The hero also has skeletons with the unfortunate life story he carries like a burden. This one is a kind of bad-boy-meets-good-girl romance, only it’s not a “gritty” version of the story. Instead it’s still a joyful portrait of a first love.
The book takes the characters out of the library for a good portion of the novel, which I appreciate. Originally, my impression was that the story, like its characters, would become stuck in its locale. Fortunately, this isn’t the case, and instead, no matter where the author places us, the pages fly by. By Your Side doesn’t delve too deeply into family (such as Autumn’s), and instead focuses on Autumn and Dax, but this works for the characters. Though Autumn doesn’t have the most supportive friends, but, still… the book is cute.
When you want something quick and fast-paced that will leave you wreathed in smiles, By Your Side is a must read. It’s a perfect weekend binge read that will lift any mood.Love #YALit? Don't miss this 2017 release from #KasieWest. By Your Side – Unexpected Love Blooms in Library | Click To Tweet