REVIEW: BY YOUR SIDE

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PUBLISHER: Harper Teen

DATE PUBLISHED: 31st January 2017

PAGES: 346

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BLURB:

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?

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REVIEW:

Knowing Kasie West’s books I was anticipating a sweet, heart-warming book with a main romance based in a library. This book was so much more than I was expecting. First of all, the library scenes only took up about half the book. The other half was how the character now manage their lives after getting to know each other.

Autumn is a character that developed before my eyes as I was reading this book. As we journey through the book it is discovered that Autumn has some issues of her own and that her friends do not know as she does not wish to be treated differently. She slowly learns to accept herself and understand she does not need to take on the world and maybe even open up with her friends.

Dax’s character was so multi-faceted. A foster child who is trying to live under the radar so he isn’t put in a group home, Dax comes across Autumn when they are locked in the same library after closing. Through his knowing Autumn, Dax slowly develops and becomes slightly less of an outcast character. Everyone learns that there is more to someone than first impressions may imply.

There is the semblance of a love triangle in this book. There was a certain pairing that I was favouring over the other, but I was attached to all the characters. Even the secondary ones in Autumn’s friend group.

The plot was consistent and the storyline enjoyable with some well placed twists that added interest to this book. The characters were relatable and allowed for empathy from the reader. This book was more than I was expecting. More depth, more interest, more heart-warming moments. This book is a must for fans of contemporary romance.

🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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