By Your Side by Kasie West
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?
I read this book in November, which was a really good time to read it. With so much negativity going on in the world (because of the US election), it was really nice to read a feel-good YA romance. Honestly, I thought I was over these kinds of books because they just seem too young and cheesy for me these days. But this book reminded me how fun they can be to read. These kinds of stories just give you that fuzzy feeling inside. I mean, c’mon, who doesn’t want to be reminded what it feels like to have crushes and first loves and butterflies? I don’t want to read this type of book all the time, but I’ve decided not to abandon this genre altogether. I need the happy, fuzzy feeling it gives me every once in a while. So, thank you, Kasie West, for reminding me what reading this genre can be like.
This book begins with every high school girl’s dream – being stuck in a building with a hunky guy. Who didn’t dream about being trapped in a mall or some other building? (Remember that episode of The O.C., anyone?) And with an attractive boy? All the better.
At first, Autumn seems much less mature than Dax, so it’s a bit difficult to see them being good together. But that changes throughout the book. Somehow, Dax lets his guard down and becomes more of a boy, less of a man, and Autumn grows and matures throughout the novel.
I am a fan of Kasie West and this book did not disappoint. If you’re looking for an easy read that will either feed your dreams (if you are a teenage girl) or remind you what it’s like to crush and fall in love (if you’re a non-single adult like me), this is the book for you.
Best Aspect: Captivity
Worst Aspect: Uniqueness