Review: By Your Side
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?
My rating: 5/5
I didn't know what to expect with this book as it is the first one I've read by the author. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed it. It was reminiscent of Sarah Dessen and I love her books. The romance was sweet and it dealt with serious issues and an added plus was that it was set in Utah and in one of my favorite libraries, Provo City Library. I loved how this book played out and the pacing was perfect. Nothing happened too fast or to slow where I was like can we get to the end please.
I really liked Autumn. She was such a sweetheart and you could tell that she wanted to be Dax's friend just because of who she was. She was just so nice and accommodating. She always wanted to make other people happy sometimes to the determent to her own health. I hated how she wouldn't tell her friends about her anxiety and let them think she was just flaky instead. Her devotion to her friends and family was admirable. I loved her relationship with her older brother and her parents. I really liked Dax as well. He was brooding, mysterious, and a reader. That made me like him even more, the being a reader part. I loved how we slowly started learning about his past and I loved the moments when he would say something about his past without Autumn having to ask. I absolutely loved how Autumn and Dax's relationship progressed. I loved how Dax grudgingly became friends with Autumn but their relationship kind of grew faster than I anticipated. Their interactions tickled me and had me laughing out loud. Autumn would not be deterred from making Dax her friend. I was happy how they came together and I loved seeing their relationship blossom.
I was not expecting the bit of twist that came when Autumn was finally able to answer the question of why her friends did not come back for her after she was locked in the library. I didn't think that was going to be the answer. I liked it a lot. I also liked the side characters. Autumn's friends added something to the story and the whole fact that Jeff's best friend, Dallin did not like Autumn or think she was right for his friend was a good add in as well. I enjoyed how the story ended and just the journey of reading this one. This was such a cute and fast read. This book had me smiling and gave me all the feels. I cannot wait to read another one of Kasie West's books. I just checked two out from my library!