In Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

Posted August 26, 2017 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 1 Comment

In Review: By Your Side by Kasie WestBy Your Side by Kasie West
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: eARC, 346 pages
How I got it: Edelweiss
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes
My rating:

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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

in review my thoughts

I always know I can turn to Kasie West when I’m in the mood for a fun, sweet read. Inexplicably, it’s been ages since I have read one of her books, despite having a few siting on my shelves (or Kindle) just waiting to be loved. I’m so glad I decided to pick up By Your Side when I did. It was pretty much just the book I needed when I read it.

I can think of worse places to be stuck for a weekend than in a library. What about you? Well, that’s exactly where Autumn finds herself in By Your Side. It’s worth mentioning I felt like I had to suspend reality a little bit to imagine the scenario Autumn finds herself in. In 2017, it’s tough to imagine how she would get stuck for days in a library without a cell phone. It was even tougher for me to accept her friends wouldn’t come looking for her sooner. Rest assured, both of those were addressed in a way that actually made sense, so it’s not like there were big plot holes or anything. It’s just worth noting. Oh, and did I mention she wasn’t alone in the library? The cute, mysterious “bad boy” was there too. Again I say I can imagine a worse way to spend a weekend.

So, setting those two little “ehhhhh” moments aside, I can say how much I enjoyed this book. It was a quick, easy read. Autumn was (mostly) likable, even if I did find myself becoming annoyed with her at times. I wanted her to speak up for herself, to not go along with the crowd when she didn’t want to. However, I realized I was being unfair — she is a teenager after all. I was the same way when I was her age. I can’t fault a teenager for … acting like a teenager.

There is a bit of a love triangle in this one, if you want to get technical. While the love triangle is not always my favorite, it’s not a no-fly situation for me either. I didn’t mind it here. I loved the connection she had with Dax. I’m a sucker for seeing how things develop between characters when they’re forced together for any amount of time, away from their usual surroundings. (Can I call this the “trapped” trope? Haha.) Anyhow, despite their differences, they were really cute together. I shipped it. I was definitely more into the idea of them as a couple than I was that of her with her crush, Jeff. He didn’t impress me much.

I really enjoyed By Your Side! It was predictable to an extent — which isn’t a bad thing IMHO — but there were also a few moments that took me by surprise. I liked the way the story came together and I was into the budding romance Dax and Autumn were trying to fight. It was a quick read and it left me smiling… I can’t ask for much more than that!


Books! This place was full of books. I would grab a book, find a faraway corner, and read until someone found me. Some might’ve even considered this scenario a dream come true. I could consider it that too.

“We made a rule.”
“Unlike you, I don’t follow rules.”

About Kasie West

A stay-at-home mom of four children, three of them girls, ranging in age from twelve to four, Kasie West hears lots of melodramatic versions of large-than-life events. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies, with a strong focus on linguistics and psychology, from Fresno State University. She lives in Fresno, CA.

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