Review : By Your Side by Kasie West

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 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?  (From: Goodreads)

Title: By Your Side 

Author: Kasie West 

Genres: YA, contemporary 

Publisher: HarperTeen (US), 2017

Pages: 342

Edition: paperback 

“We play one card game together and you think we’re friends?”

I’ve only read one novel by Kasie West.  That is Pivot Point and I didn’t like it.  It combines with sci-fi(?) and complicated plot.  The reason why I picked up this book was because I was drawn to the synopsis.  However, I was both excited and afraid to read it.  And I know that now you’re both excited and afraid to read this review.  Did I like this book?  Or not?

Things I Like About It 

– the idea of getting locked up in a library 

Greetings, fellow bookworms!  I believe that you’re dream is the same as me — owning a library.  Can you not want to read this book?  Hmm…probably not.

– the plot 

The plot went smoothly.  I hate to say that there wasn’t uh twist there, but the stories was complete, hopeful, and warm.

– the characters 

Those people in the books had distinctive characteristics.  I liked each of them every much.  

Things I Dislike About It 

– the problem with Dax’ mother 

Don’t want to spoiler anything here.  I just want to say that I don’t understand what the deal is with Dax’ mother.


I enjoyed reading this book.  If you like Kasie West’s works, libraries, or light YA romance, you should try this book.  I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.

That’s all for my review of By Your Side by Kasie West.  Thanks for reading.  Let me know what you think.

Have a nice day and I’ll see you next time.  Bye-bye 👋

“I can’t stop living life.”


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