By Your Side Review

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Synopsis from Edelweiss:
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.

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About: By Your Side is a fiction novel written by Kasie West. It will be published on 1/31/2017 by Harper Teen, 352 pages. The genres are young adult, contemporary, and romance. This author has written many other popular books that I can’t wait to read: P.S. I Like You, The Fill-In Boyfriend, On the Fence, The Distance Between Us, and more.

bowline2My Experience: I started reading By Your Side on 1/12/17 and finished it on 1/18/17. This book is absolutely a fun read. This is my first read by Kasie West and this author is becoming one of my favorite contemporary writer. I really can’t wait to read all of her other books. This book is easy going and full of humor. The characters in this book are all great and the plot flows perfectly. There’s hardly a dull moment when reading this book.

 I wished I didn’t care what people thought about me. “Why don’t you care?”
“What?”
“What people think about you?”
“Because I have no say in what other people do .. or think.” 34%

The main character is Autumn and she’s such a sweetheart. I like following her train of thoughts. She’s very relatable. I like her positive thinking and how she treats other people. I like how she eats her half of an apple and give the other half to Dax. I like the romance because it’s not instantaneous. Autumn’s family is great, especially her dad and his slogan.. haha..

All of the characters in this book are likable, except Jeff’s mom. I don’t like how she brush off Jeff’s other friends. Dax and his hard earned smile is cute. I like that despite his situation, he’s actually a caring person. It would have been good to read his point of views, but the book is still good without. One thing I still don’t know how to interpret is whether he gets good grades in school because he reads Hamlet but he doesn’t go to class. He may not be as smart as Autumn because she’s the one that found the food and the bell tower. Since the story takes place in high school, I feel the grades should at least win a small mention in this book.

The main plot of this book is Autumn accidently got stuck in the public library and whether she will be rescued. Yet, Autumn don’t seem to like to read much. Dax seems to always be reading but he doesn’t discuss anything about his books, especially why he carries around the Hamlet book. Even all of their fun games, there’s no book related games. If not look too closely in this angle, the book overall is a fun light-hearted read. I do like reading this book and find myself smiling often.

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Pro: humor, family, positive thinking, light-hearted, fast-paced, page-turner, witty, easy going,

Con: stuck in a library but no favorite book discussions? what?!

I rate it 4.5 stars!

Grab yourself a copy here: Book Depository

About the Author:

Kasie West is the author of several YA novels, including The Distance Between Us, On the Fence, and The Fill-in Boyfriend. Her books have received numerous awards and accolades, including an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers selection, a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults selection, and a number of Whitney and Goodreads Choice Awards and Nominations. Kasie lives in Fresno, California, with her family, and you can visit her online at kasiewest.com. (Photo obtained from Goodreads and Info obtained from Scholastic website).

***Disclaimer: Many thanks to the author, Kasie West, publisher Harper Teen, and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,
Jasmine

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61 thoughts on “By Your Side Review

    • Jasmine says:

      Yes, her books are fun to read. You should give her books a try! I’m warming up to Edelweiss I think. I also like their books, especially those from Harper Collins.

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  1. Azia says:

    This book seems like a really fun read! And the premise is actually kind of unique! I haven’t read anything from Kasie West just yet, but I’ve been told she’s quickly becoming one of the YA favorites for contemporary. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I’ll definitely have to add this book and a couple other West books to my TBR! Nice review, Jasmine! I love your con, too LOL

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    • Jasmine says:

      Thanks Azia! You will like Kasie West’s books. I have seen another blogger said P.S. I Like You is also a fun and cute read. I can’t believe I have been missing out on good books! haha.. you will have to read them soon. You can’t help but smile. I have just put a hold at the library for On The Fence. Can’t wait to devour them all! haha.. I love books that makes me smile.. 🙂

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  2. Melissa @ BookNerdMomo says:

    Your con had me cracking up 😂😂! You would think that since they’re stuck in a library books would be discussed lol. That aside I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed this book. I’ve only read one book by Kasie West so far and that is P.S. I Like You (which I highly recommend) but I definitely want to read the rest of her books too. I’m especially excited for this one. I hope I end up enjoying it as much as you did. Great review, Jasmine! 💕😊

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    • Jasmine says:

      I actually wanted to read Kasie West’s book is due to your glowing review of P.S. I Like You. And I can’t believe I have been missing out on good books. I love this kind of read. It’s fun and easy going. Yesterday I put a hold at the library for one of her books called On The Fence. I can’t wait to read them all haha.. 🙂

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    • Jasmine says:

      It’s definitely a gem to discover this author. I can’t believe I have been missing out on good books! haha.. Which book did you not like? I got a hold of On The Fence from the library, so I will be able to read that book soon 🙂 Are there any other authors you know of that writes fun and cute books like Kasie West?

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      • salmahsbookshelf says:

        I LOVED On The Fence – and I wasn’t a big fan of The Distance Between Us although it seems to be everyone’s favorite. As for similar authors maybe Kody Keplinger to some extent ? And a new author Laurie Devore seems like she might be similar but I haven’t read her work yet

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  3. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I adore your con– I can’t imagine being stuck in a library and not talking about favorite books!
    This is a lovely review. I haven’t read anything by Kasie West, but her books sound right up my alley. I am not a fan of insta-love and it sounds like we avoid that here. I will look into her books for sure.

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    • Jasmine says:

      I’m amazed to find an author that writes an easy going and fun cute story. It’s a nice break after some serious reads. I’m just so glad that she has a lot of other books to look forward to. I have seen many bloggers compliment that her book P.S. I Like You is also as fun and cute of a read as this. So, yes, you should check them out soon 🙂

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    • Jasmine says:

      It’s a good change from intense reading of thrillers or fantasy. I like to take a break with Kasie West’s book because it’s so easy going and happy. 🙂 I hope you will get to read one soon.

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  4. sophiethestark says:

    This sounds like a really fun, cute read! But how could a reader and non-reader be in such a loving relationship? Hahaha just kidding. But it does sound weird to me.
    I really enjoyed your review so definitely will need to give this one a try 😊

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    • Jasmine says:

      Well, she attempted to read a book and fall asleep on it.. haha.. but their interactions are funny. If you are looking for a fast paced light hearted read, this book will definitely make you smile 🙂

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