By Your Side by Kasie West

16583486_1889705634649855_4651839160871550976_nBy Your Side by Kasie West

3.5 or 4ish stars actually.

I was soooooo excited for this book that I didn’t know what to do with myself. A totally shippable couple trapped in the library for the weekend? Omigosh, I was SOLD. I was sold so hard that I pre-ordered this book so fast with other super amazing books like Caraval and my beloved Wires and Nerve. This was easily my most anticipated contemporary this year, and I mean, it kind of delivered?

Once upon a time…

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?

The premise was amazing. Stuck in a library for the weekend? Not only was it a good use of a trope I enjoy (two people that semi-hate each other stuck together in a circumstance) but it was in such an intriguing setting. I loved the use of the library, but I will say that there was definitely not enough reading to be had. XD But I thought it was super cool, and I loved finding out all the little secrets the library had to offer. My library would have been so much creepier than this one to be stuck in, but I totally won’t mind being stuck in their YA section. Major props to Kasie West for coming up with this adorable setting.

I also really enjoyed our two main characters, Dax and Autumn. I thought they were both fantastic contemporary leads, and they both had issues that were relatable and realistic. I loved peeling back the mysterious layers to Dax, and I did enjoy Autumn as our main lead. I thought she was a good heroine, and her anxiety disorder was an interesting addition.

I also totalllllllly shipped them as a couple. They were so cute, and their scenes in the library were so swoony. I binge read this book mainly to end the delicious will-they-won’t-they tension this book provided. I thought they made a cute couple, and I was rooting them on hardcore.


Now as usual, you’re seeing all my hardcore fangirling and you’re like, Mandy, what’s the problem? Well, to be honest, the problem came when they left the library. I honestly thought the book was just focused on them in the library and surviving together – and those scenes were amazing. However, it only goes for about half of the book, and then I began to lose interest. The rest of the plot wasn’t that interesting, and I didn’t care for many of the sideline characters at this point. I felt nothing for them, meaning I felt nothing for the plot. It just took such a sharp nosedive from being super intriguing to mehhhhhhh. And that’s where it lost its crowns for me. I just felt it wasn’t needed, and it could have been a lot more fun if they were in the library longer.

That being said, it was an adorable, fun, quick read. I flew through this book in an afternoon, and I can now see why West is hailed as a contemporary goddess. I loved her book, Pivot Point, but never got into her other contemporaries, but I just might after this. Four crowns, and a visit from Belle (not the usual rating, but Belle so would want to be caught up in a library for a weekend…although she was locked up in a castle for a while but ANYWAY).


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What do you think? Have you read this? What is your favorite Kasie West contemporary? Would you be excited to be locked up in a library for a weekend? Let me know in the comments below!

33 thoughts on “By Your Side by Kasie West

  1. Awesome review Mandy! I have not read this mostly because I tend to get bored with contemporary books…but every time you review them, I feel like I should too! You make them sound like so much fun! I’d have to say though that the whole being stuck in the library with a cute boy would be pretty cool. I’d probably be too shy to even speak to him and go browsing through the shelves instead XD. Apart from my worry of getting hungry and starving, I would be very excited to be stuck in a library! (Unlimited reads for the whole night!) Great job, as always!

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    1. lol I know you’re more fantasy, right, Rendz? They can get boring if not done properly and if you aren’t super focused on the ship. But they can be a lot of fun!! And lol omg same. But I mean that is a super pleasing distraction XD imagine how much we could knock off our TBRs!! But thank you!!

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      1. lol Fantasy makes Rendz function like a normal human being. But I need to explore more genres and contemporary is definitely one I need to work on! I would probably add even more books to my TBR cuz the library always has hidden gems! 🙂

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      2. Well, if you ever need some good contemporary to get you into it, I do know some good ones that will totally give you the feels and start you off a bit easy. I had to drag my one friend into it, too. I’m your girl for that! XD But oooooh you have a library that has hidden gems? That sounds so lovely! ❤

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  2. I think we’d all be better off if left in the library a little longer. 😉 But hooray for swoony contemporary! I’m glad you liked it, even if it didn’t quite rate five crowns. 🙂

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      1. I have in the past. I haven’t had time for anything but YA since starting the blog, and I’m okay with that. 😉 He’s actually hilarious though. Such a cool guy.

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  3. Wow I totally feel you! I love (LOVE!) Kasie West, so this book was kind of a letdown (but still really good???) for me too. I thought the whole book was going to be them in a library together, but no, it went by way too fast. And I didn’t really care about Jake or he and Autumn’s relationship. I think it if just focused on the library the whole time it would’ve been amazing!

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    1. YES. I literally thought it was going to be her and Dex in the library the entire time, so I was super confused on how Jake was and why he kept appearing. XD I think you’re a hundred percent right – had it been in the library the entire time, it would have been perfection.

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