SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW: By Your Side by Kasie West


Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Length: 352 pages

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: January 31st 2017

Personal Rating: 3.5/5 stars

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Goodreads Synopsis

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?

Non-Spoilery Review by Yours Truly

Confession time: this was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and yeah I kinda feel uncomfortable saying this because one would not expect me admitting I’m excited for a cute romance book when I mostly read fantasy. But I had a contemporary phase last year and I basically read every Kasie West book. Hence why I was eager to get my hands on By Your Side. Who can blame me, really? Ask me for recommendation for something fun and fluffy and I’ll probably tell you to pick any West book (I mean, just look at the covers of them)

By Your Side was exactly that: cute, fluffy and fast to get through. You could probably say it’s my favourite West book. Why 3.5 stars then? As I said before I’m more of a fantasy reader and I can get attached to characters in those books easier but for some reason I can’t do the same for the contemporary ones. Did Autumn blow me away? Nope, but did I hate her for it? Also no. Did I cry for Dax and his tough childhood? Nope, but it did remind that those kids exist too. Did I feel sorry for Jeff? Um, no, ’cause I kind of disliked him at the end so…

I’m a bit more judgy on what the actual plot in contemporaries is too – I think I subconsciously do that so I can literally give the book a lower rating because no book can be better than a fantasy one (#nušalogic). And well, By Your Side didn’t have any magnificent plots, not really. You know pretty much everything of what’s about to happen. But again, we’re back to me saying I had fun while reading it. Plus, the writing is light and easy to get into, so thumbs up.

All in all, I recommend this if you’re up for a cute book to read in a short amount of time.





4 thoughts on “SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW: By Your Side by Kasie West

  1. Mandy says:

    Ooooh, I just got this today, and it was totally one of my most anticipated books as well. I’m so glad that you gave it a good review, but I’m glad to know not to expect too much from it as well. XD Fantastic review, and I can’t wait to dig into this myself since you got me super excited for it! 🙂

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