Thursday, February 9, 2017

*ARC* By Your Side - Review

By Your Side

By: Kasie West

Published: February 14, 2017 by HarperTeen

352 pages

Source: Edelweiss ARC from publisher

(Goodreads / Amazon)

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?
Sweet and cute. Those were the two words that came to my mind when I finished reading this. That coupled with a smile on my face. My snl had recommended I read this for a fast read, a much needed change of pace after finishing a rather long book. She was right! It was just what I needed and I finished it in less than two days.

The first part of the story is about how Kasie gets stuck in a library at closing and her friends mistakenly think she's in one of their cars heading to a cabin in the mountains for the weekend. With snow falling and a three day long weekend over a holiday, Kasie finds herself locked in with a boy she barely knows from her high school. A boy with not so positive rumors surrounding his mysterious, brooding and quiet facade. It's amazing what being locked in, cold with very little food and only local channels on a small TV can do for two people who barely know each other.

The second part of the story continues with Kasie and Dax becoming unlikely friends and learning more about one another and the battles they go through.

This is a perfect read for high school fans of YA contemporary romance. It's clean in both language and content.

Favorite Quotes:
"Television is a distraction. Dax is a hostile takeover."

"Unlike you, I don't follow rules."

Language Rating: 0 (none)
Mature Content Rating: 0 (none)
Final Rating: 3.5 stars


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Kasie West is consistently good. Her books are always light, fun, and quick reads for me. Plus they're always clean like you mentioned. She's an auto-read author for me. I hope you get to read more of her stuff.


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