Hello! I hope this review finds you well. I’m here continuing my journey through all of the books I’ve read that I’m finally reviewing (no surprise, it’s a lot of books). Today’s review will be of Kasie West’s By Your Side. A signed copy was included in the February Uppercase Box — a YA subscription box that I love, but can no longer continue to order. I highly recommend them — every month I would look forward to getting their mail! You can always check them out at uppercasebox.com for more details.
Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Release date: January 31, 2017
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?
I remember when I was reading this it was a bit of a struggle to get through. I had been excited to read this one (who doesn’t want to get trapped in a library tbh), but I didn’t quite like it the way I liked the others.
I read this so my friend could read it vicariously through it (especially since we’re both big contemporary junkies). Unfortunately I didn’t click with this book as much as her other ones. This isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy reading it because I did, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. It’s a cute contemporary about a girl getting stuck in the library for a weekend with someone (a guy) and what happens after they get out. There were a few plot things that didn’t quite add up for me and they kind of bothered me for a lot of the book. However, I liked the way things wrapped up in the end.
One thing that irked me was how believable that she would get stuck in the library with someone else. It doesn’t seem like she would be able to be in there for such an extended period of time without raising some sort of alarm. I know when I have to close the businesses that I’m working at that I have to be thorough about checking to make sure no one else is in the building after closing up shop and leaving.\
One of the other things that I didn’t feel was a connection with the characters. I didn’t relate to any of them. Not based on their own situations, but I think with their personalities.
I wish I had more good things to say about this book, but I just didn’t mesh with it. I really hope you give it a try and judge for yourself! It may be the book for you 🙂