By Your Side – Kasie West

BY YOUR SIDE.jpgIn 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?

Genre: YA Contemporary

Release: January 2017

Buy Link: Book Depository

I loved this story so much! After reading so much fantasy a nice fluffy contemporary is what I needed. It is also what I got! On enjoyment scale this was amazing I love it, but sadly I am learning not to just take that into consideration and starting to work on my reviews more equally and this book had some problems! But I bloody loved it and it would be even better if these things would be fixed.

So one of the main problems I found in this book was with the main character Autumn having anxiety, it didn’t feel like that mental health problem was represented correctly, it felt like it was just a plot point rather than making it a prominent thing in the novel. Also, the fact that none of her friends could tell she had anxiety and yet, Dax, someone who she met in the library, could tell immediately that she had. I just don’t buy how they couldn’t have known about your friend having anxiety, even if they don’t tell you, there was loads of hints that she did have some kind of problem, it’s mentioned more than once how at times Autumn runs off in some social situations. Like I find it really hard to believe her friends wouldn’t know this. Even after her bag being found in Jeff’s car with her medication and they still didn’t know?! Like crappy friends. Real crappy friends. I also didn’t like the point where Dallin blamed Autumn for Jeff’s accident, it wasn’t her fault and I really didn’t like how at no point that was not addressed in this book, because nobody should be told it was their fault when it is an accident she could not control. So I really didn’t like that it didn’t address that.

Dax and Autumn really do not have much background to them they felt very 2D not having much personality or background. They try to bring in some of Dax’s past by introducing the conflict of his mother but that felt like a catalyst so Autumn and Dax could have an argument. It didn’t feel like they were going to go much further into his past and they didn’t. The same fo Autumn we don’t really know much about her which is very problematic because I like to know my characters and neither of them felt like they had a personality.

Though despite these problems I did actually in love with this book, the dream of being trapped in a library, hell yes?! So although it had problems it was what I needed after finishing so much Sarah J Maas and I really did love this book. It was simple and cute.

I rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 on Goodreads! (With my new rating system)