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Review: By Your Side

Review: By Your SideTitle: By Your Side
Author(s): Kasie West
Genre(s): Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 346 (Paperback)
Source: Own
For: Personal Interest
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Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

My Thoughts

I decided to read By Your Side because I needed a fluffy romance, but I got more than I bargained for.

I found I had so much in common with Autumn. Not so much my high-school self, but my current self because of her anxiety disorder. I suffer from depression and anxiety and it’s amazing how much your body plots against you. West did such a great job of showing that in Autumn. I almost wonder if she or someone she knows has an anxiety disorder.

I also loved watching Autumn and Dax together. I loved watching their friendship blossom and it turn into more.

This has happened with both contemporary novels I’ve read by Kasie West. The novels start out so-so. I like them, but I think I’ll only give them three stars. But by the end of the novel, I’ve fallen in love with the characters and the story that I can’t help give the book five stars. I now wonder if this will happen with all her books. I guess there’s only one way to find out.

10 replies
  1. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) says:

    Kasie West is always good when you need a light, fluffy read. I like when her novels go a little deeper, like this one seems to. Glad West gets it right in her portrayal of anxiety and that it spoke to you. I’m behind in my Kasie West reading, but I’ll get to this one eventually!

    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Yeah, she’s great for light and fluffy. But, I do like that she delves a little deeper in her novels. At least both of the contemporary ones I’ve read have.

  2. Kami
    Kami says:

    This one surprised me too. I liked the anxiety aspect as well, and I liked that there was a lot of personal awareness happening. It was good.


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