By Your Side – Kasie West

KASIE WEST BOOKS ARE MY GUILTY PLEASURE. While nothing has topped The Distance Between Us or On the Fence, this one was darn cute.

Synopsis

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?

Review

KASIE WEST BOOKS ARE MY GUILTY PLEASURE. While nothing has topped The Distance Between Us or On the Fence, this one was darn cute.

The library situation was a little bit ridiculous, and didn’t take up as much of the story as I expected. Seriously, I thought they’d be locked up in the library the whole time! But the fall-out was all the more intriguing.

I loved following the love triangle between Autumn, Dax, and Jeff. It’s very clear which couple is meant to prevail at the end, but it doesn’t help that Jeff is so darn charming. He’s funny and fun and such an easy choice. And the accident… that makes everything so much more complicated. Here’s the thing: would Autumn be morally wrong if she and Jeff were one or two steps ahead of their actual relationship? Is she already morally wrong? We’re always taught to love in sickness and in health, but what if you realize that there was no love to be lost in the first place? It’s an interesting predicament.

Dax is a tortured soul, and such a mysterious loner dude (“MLD”). If I were in Autumn’s position, I probably wouldn’t have given him the time of day. Moreover, it’s the end of senior year. Will these attachments really last? I don’t see much of a point in holding on, but I guess that was Dax’s point of view in the past as well.

Related Reading

  • Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany Schmidt
  • The Geography of You and Me – Jennifer E. Smith
  • The Night We Said Yes – Lauren Gibaldi

Rating: 4/5

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