By Your Side by Kasie West

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?

Guys, guys, guys!! Every time I read a Kasie West book I am just blown away by the fact that I can find nothing in it that I hate.

Like seriously.

Plus the concept of this book: A++. This book was a bit more complicated than her others, but I didn’t mind it. The writing was stellar and characters

OMG GUYS. THE CHARACTERS. Kasie West’s writing is always amazing. Her plots are always perfection. BUT I AM ALWAYS BLOWN AWAY BY THE PERFECTION THAT IS HER CHARACTERS. They jump off the page with a vibrancy that is shocking. Even the side characters are completely fleshed out in a way where you are just as attached to them as you are to the main characters.

And let me tell you about one of my favorite parts of this book; the mental illness storyline. The main character, Autumn, has anxiety. I’m always looking for great anxiety storylines, ones that ring true to me because of my anxiety, and this painted an honest look into what living with anxiety is like.

Another thing I loved was the romance. It was a slow burning flame, coming to life as the story formed around it. It was complicated and wonderful.

So in case my disjointed raving hasn’t convinced you yet, go pick up a Kasie West book. She’s a genius and (in my opinion) the Queen of Contemporary. She proves you don’t need sex and cussing and drinking to make a good contemporary.

CONTENT GUIDE –
cussing – merely implied
drinking/drugs – mentioned twice
intimacy – some kissing (*really good kissing*), like one innuendo.
violence – none

 

(Don’t forget to enter in my giveaway for an Uglies paperback and an INTL giveaway for a $6 book from bookdepository.com!)

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