By Your Side

By Your Side

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 coul...

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Title:By Your Side
Author:Kasie West
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ISBN:0062455869
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:346 pages

By Your Side Reviews

  • Jaime Arkin
    Jul 16, 2015

    You know who’s my favorite? Kasie West.

    You should probably already know this about me, but I’m just reminding you.

    Kasie West consistently delivers sweet, fun, swoon-worthy stories. She manages to tell a story that touches on serious, relatable topics without making it the sole thing that the story is about.

    In By Your Side, Autumn finds herself locked in the library… no way to get out and unable to contact anyone. Then she realizes she’s not alone… Dax Miller is in the library too, only it look

    You know who’s my favorite? Kasie West.

    You should probably already know this about me, but I’m just reminding you.

    Kasie West consistently delivers sweet, fun, swoon-worthy stories. She manages to tell a story that touches on serious, relatable topics without making it the sole thing that the story is about.

    In By Your Side, Autumn finds herself locked in the library… no way to get out and unable to contact anyone. Then she realizes she’s not alone… Dax Miller is in the library too, only it looks like he isn’t exactly trapped. She knows very little about Dax, only that he’s spent time in juvie, and he’s a loner. Not exactly someone she feels entirely safe with, but she just has to stick it out until her friends and her almost-boyfriend realize she’s not where she’s supposed to be … only they don’t.

    Autumn and Dax have to make the most of their situation, and eventually they start to open up and share with each other, and they find that maybe their preconceived notions about each other aren’t entirely accurate.

    Now let’s be honest, who among us book nerds wouldn’t love to be trapped in a library for a long weekend? Now throw in a cute boy and I don’t think a single person could say no. But if I’m honest, that’s only part of the story here and maybe only the first third of this book happens in the actual library and it truly might not be what you are hoping for in that regard. However, that’s where West introduces us to Autumn and Dax and shares some of their secrets and why they are who they are… the characters being cut off from everyone else in the story allows us to really get to know them on a very personal level and we learn things about them both that are very important.

    I’m just going to come out with it right away… I loved Autumn… she’s funny, and smart and super awkward, and she just happens to deal with anxiety. I loved that West created a character who is dealing with anxiety, but she portrays it in a way that totally normalizes it, as it should be! It’s so important in YA today that people read about characters that they can relate to and that young people can see others who are dealing with things they might be and see that it doesn’t have to be life-ending, it’s just something that is a part of her life but she’s so much more than her diagnosis. Seeing her come to terms and finally share with her friends what is really happening in her life is just wonderful.

    I have to admit too, that I really liked Dax. I suppose you could call Dax a “bad boy”, but I don’t know that that is entirely accurate. He’s certainly the most troubled of all West’s characters. He’s more someone who is trying to make the most of his circumstances and just trying to survive in the situation he finds himself in. As his past is revealed, I understood his loner status, and I got why he kept himself apart from everyone. I do love that he finally opened up to Autumn, and I really loved the evolution of their relationship… is this the swooniest relationship West has written so far? No, I have to admit I’m more partial to some of the others, but I still totally shipped these two so much! Their relationship was slow and sweet and I really enjoyed getting to see them learn to trust each other.

    I think one of the things that West really excels at with every book (aside from swoony boys) is building and portraying friendships in a really positive way. She truly does it in every book she writes! Autumn here has some amazing friends (despite them leaving her stranded) and while it seems like there are a lot of friends to keep track of, the one to really focus on her connection with her best friend Lisa. It’s always so refreshing to see wonderful friendships portrayed in YA.

    Overall, another quick favorite from Kasie West! If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read, you definitely need to grab this one, and if you’ve held off on reading ANY Kasie West, I urge you to start at the beginning of her booklist because you really can’t go wrong with a single book!

    Thank you to the publisher for an early copy in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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  • Aimee
    Jul 16, 2015

    Kasie West + a girl + a boy + a library. I'm pretty sure someone's trying to push me to build a time machine to get to 2017 already!

  • Melanie
    Jul 17, 2015

    A girl and a guy accidentally locked in a library? THE BOOKISH GODS HAVE FINALLY GRANTED OUR WISH. But 2017??? *sobs*

  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Nov 17, 2016

    Which greatly pains me because I loved

    and kind of lowkey am shocked they're by the same author. There were just so many

    with this book that omg where do I even start?? WITH LISTS OBVIOUSLY.

    • It contains milkshakes. I like milkshakes.

    • As much as the tragic-bad-boy had no real personality...HE WAS STILL KIND OF CUTE.

    • It was light and fluffy which, ya know, isn't always a bad th

    Which greatly pains me because I loved

    and kind of lowkey am shocked they're by the same author. There were just so many

    with this book that omg where do I even start?? WITH LISTS OBVIOUSLY.

    • It contains milkshakes. I like milkshakes.

    • As much as the tragic-bad-boy had no real personality...HE WAS STILL KIND OF CUTE.

    • It was light and fluffy which, ya know, isn't always a bad thing even if I am more of a

    sort of person.

    • Autumn has a really supportive and kind family. She has an anxiety disorder and her family full on SUPPORTS HER AND THAT'S AMAZING. Her mum encourages her to take mental health days and checks up on her anxiety levels and it's just really sweet and nice! Lovely kind parents??? What is this life???? I like.

    • I liked the 2nd half more than the first half. A lot more. The first half was so wailingly awkward and disappointing I NEARLY HOWLED.

    I'm sure there are

    of bookworms who are screaming with excited glee over the blurb saying "LOCKED IN A LIBRARY". Well yes. Autumn accidentally gets locked in a library...but NOBODY CARES ABOUT THE BOOKS. I'm not kidding. This could be set in an office or a drycleaners or a pet store. NO bookworms. NO book appreciation. NO book love.

    • I'm cryyyyyyyyyyyyyying. This is the hugest disappointment of my LIFE.

    So apparently she couldn't use the computers because of not being able to login. Which is, well, bizarre. But I'm Australian, so maybe USA library computers are under max. security at all times? I DON'T KNOW. But like, were there no landline phones in there??? No emergency exits??? And what kind of doors don't open from the

    anyway???

    • I HAVE LOGIC QUESTIONS AND THEY GET NO ANSWERS.

    This pains me deeper than the idea of eating a tortilla without guacamole. I wanted to fall in love with the characters but....Autumn's whole personality is "anxiety" and Dax's whole personality is "unloved kinda bad boy". AND THAT'S IT. Like Dax was cute?? I liked him??? But he had no depth and he was so closed off I don't know two things about him. I literally don't. And Autumn just well...I mean...she was like a potato salad without the potato. #disappointed

    WORST FRIENDS EVER. Like they didn't even

    they left her at the library. And then they NEVER NOTICED SHE HAD ANXIETY (like how close were these friends?) plus passive-aggressive bullying from the BFF of a boy she likes...like oh my freaking sweet potato salad GOSH. #nope I'm so mad.

    OF COURSE. BECAUSE THIS CAN'T GET ANY WORSE.

    • (no it can)

    I say "hesitantly" because while I have an anxiety disorder myself, mine is more

    anxiety, so hey! If Autumn has general anxiety, maybe I just don't relate to that! (Although I just read

    which has an A+ general anxiety disorder representation that I related to immensely. SO.) And also anxiety disorders are a SPECTRUM so obviously people will experience it differently....

    Her panic attacks didn't feel realistic

    , she seemed to be able to turn her anxiety on/off at will (wow wouldn't that be nice) and she never really acted very anxious in situations

    think would've been VERY anxiety inducing. In my opinion of course. So #no from me, folks.

    It didn't really explore the depth or complexity of anxiety. It kind of introduced Dax as this unloved foster kid but didn't really explore his backstory. All information of him was BARE MINIMUM. Like. How am I supposed to care here???

    Flat, boring and average. With the plot being a long list of predictable cliches. #sigh

    Besides, don't go anywhere without snacks. Which is a good message tbh.

    Because LOCKED! IN! A! LIBRARY! should've equalled amazing bookworm appreciation and love and instead they played cards and watched TV and I'M JUST OVER HERE CRYING AT THE WASTED POTENTIAL NEVERMIND ME. I didn't connect/care about the characters. I think Autumn needs to put all her "friends" in a small envelope and post them to Jupiter and never see them again. And I think brushing over anxiety disorders does nothing for anybody. SO YEAH. I'M A SMALL INSUFFERABLE RAIN CLOUD TODAY.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    Jul 18, 2015

    : Great come-back of the HEADLESS COUPLE on

    's covers! I just decided that

    and that

    (that I didn't like that much) was only a mistake because you know,

    And as you know,

    Isn't it how our world works lately?!

    **You might notice that I didn't include

    . Yes, it's on purpose. It didn't suit my superstition, SO.

    ___________________________

    S

    : Great come-back of the HEADLESS COUPLE on

    's covers! I just decided that

    and that

    (that I didn't like that much) was only a mistake because you know,

    And as you know,

    Isn't it how our world works lately?!

    **You might notice that I didn't include

    . Yes, it's on purpose. It didn't suit my superstition, SO.

    ___________________________

    So this book pictures two people trapped in a LIBRARY for DAYS and comes out FOR MY BIRTHDAY?

    Okay.

    I am CALM.

  • Lala BooksandLala
    Jan 05, 2017

    Kasie West just does ya contemporary romance so well.

  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    Nov 22, 2016

    *ARC received from Indigo Books and Music for review, thank you to them!*

    I loved this! I identified so strongly with the protagonist and found the whole story to be more than just your typical romance.

  • Norah Una Sumner
    Sep 19, 2016

    YES QUEEN, GIMME SOME CUTE LIBRARY ROMANCE.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Nov 09, 2016

    My favourite Kasie West book to date.

    ‘‘By Your Side’’ is a little different from her other YA contemporary romances. Yes, the narrator has a similar voice and, yes, there is a love-triangle (although mild) and, yes, friendship is an important theme.

    BUT. The other themes that are explored are deeper ones, such as child neglect, loneliness and trust. Also, the main character suffers from anxiety attacks and the love interest is more broken than the ones in her other books.

    Maybe this is why I liked

    My favourite Kasie West book to date.

    ‘‘By Your Side’’ is a little different from her other YA contemporary romances. Yes, the narrator has a similar voice and, yes, there is a love-triangle (although mild) and, yes, friendship is an important theme.

    BUT. The other themes that are explored are deeper ones, such as child neglect, loneliness and trust. Also, the main character suffers from anxiety attacks and the love interest is more broken than the ones in her other books.

    Maybe this is why I liked this so much more. Kasie takes things slow, giving Autumn and Dax a fair chance to find reasons why to fall in love, ones that exclude physical attraction because, as we all know by now, physical attraction is not the main key to a great relationship.

    If you’ve read the blurb, you know what happens. I have to say it; I want to say it! Okay, hear this: THEY GET TRAPPED INSIDE A LIBRARY.

    With books. And an entire weekend to explore each other’s minds. To drive themselves crazy, basically. Never fear, that is not true. That was only my post-election mind having trouble coherently expressing its ideas. Okay, I’m back.

    Like in previous Kasie West books, you will find humour, adorable (though momentarily cheese-induced) scenes, original & highly entertaining situations in which the characters are put and a whole lot of love.

    However, there is one thing… Jeff (the other love interest)’s reaction to what Autumn admits to him towards the end of the story is not at all authentic, I felt. It is true that he is a happy boy and a very understanding one at that, but I find it unrealistic for him to be THAT happy after what he tells her. Didn’t ring true to my ears.

    Otherwise, EXCELLENT novel! Oh, since we’re at it, I do wish Kasie West’s books were more diverse in terms of the characters' ethnicity and/or sexual orientation and even maybe have more culture inside them, because that’s something that’s really missing and culture is such an important part of our world. But maybe that’s asking for too much, and it’s not as if her works are COMPLETELY devoid of it.

    Again, REALLY ENJOYED this book. And now, I want to get trapped inside a library, too.

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  • Tran Thanh Tu
    Feb 03, 2017

    Damnnnnn... In my humble opinion, Kasie West is truly the queen of YA contemporary! ♡ I mean, can we talk about how lovely and swoon-able her books are?? ☆〜(ゝ。∂)

    "By your side" is probably a reader's biggest dream! ☁ Umm hello? Being trapped inside a large library with a hot cutie, why haven't you melted yet?? Okay there's not much food and drink, which sucks, but apart from it, the situation is brilliant :P (to fall head over heels, if you know what I mean *winks*)

    Alright let's be serious, this

    Damnnnnn... In my humble opinion, Kasie West is truly the queen of YA contemporary! ♡ I mean, can we talk about how lovely and swoon-able her books are?? ☆〜(ゝ。∂)

    "By your side" is probably a reader's biggest dream! ☁︎ Umm hello? Being trapped inside a large library with a hot cutie, why haven't you melted yet?? Okay there's not much food and drink, which sucks, but apart from it, the situation is brilliant :P (to fall head over heels, if you know what I mean *winks*)

    Alright let's be serious, this book also concentrates on the problem of “anxiety, depression, or other mental illnesses” which to me, makes it stand out from other books written by Kasie West, don't ya think? ^^

    If you are planning on staying home reading books and being cosy with some hot coffee ♨︎ on Valentines Day (like me!), which is pretty near, this one should be given a chance on your go-to shelf! ★