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By Your Side
     

By Your Side

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by Kasie West
 

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An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?

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

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An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?

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 at 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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
12/05/2016
After two high school students get locked in the local library over a three-day weekend, they end up sharing intimate details of their lives with each other, even though Autumn is well aware that Dax’s “reputation wasn’t exactly stellar,” and he thinks she is a “naïve, spoiled priss.” When Autumn emerges, she finds her life in chaos: her family and classmates thought that she had been in a car accident involving her friends. As Autumn copes with the consequences of the weekend, she turns to Dax, a lonely foster kid, for distraction and comfort. West (P.S. I Like You) offers a largely formulaic story of a golden girl falling for a bad boy, from the initial accident that throws the unlikely pair together to the path their relationship takes and its effect on Autumn’s friendships. Fans of opposites-attract romances, though, should enjoy watching Autumn and Dax find each other, even as the two teens pushback against a host of judgments, expectations, and assumptions. Ages 13–up. Agent: Michelle Wolfson, Wolfson Literary. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
2016-10-26
After a weekend trapped in a library together, two teens from different social stratospheres are drawn to one another. All Autumn, a white senior, wanted to do was go to the bathroom. She had been studying with her friends in the library before it closed, excited to go build a campfire in the canyon. Instead, she finds herself locked in the library, her friends gone and her phone with them. But she's not alone: Dax, a white loner with a bad reputation, has purposely stayed behind, unaware of her presence. It's a three-day weekend, and the two while the hours away with games and standoffs, each wary of trusting the other. As Autumn warms to Dax, he remains distant, and her friends never show up. When the reason for their absence is revealed and Autumn's anxiety disorder spirals, it's Dax who saves the day. Afterward, however, Dax pretends they're strangers, and Autumn's friends have expectations for who she should be with, and it sure isn't Dax. The feeling of calm that Dax brought out in Autumn pulls her to him anyway, and soon she must decide what she really wants. Though quite slow to start, Autumn and Dax's relationship burns brightly. Autumn's struggles with anxiety are equally dynamic. If only the rest of her life—her friends and other love interest—were equally engaging. A simmering romance that gives weight to mental health and hard choices. (Fiction. 13-18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062455864
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/31/2017
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
186
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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By Your Side 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
lilacqueen75 3 days ago
(4.5 Stars) I love YA and I think it's because I still feel pretty young on the inside. Kasie West has a way with her words that really draws me in and brings back my teenage feelings, but in a good way. Autumn finds herself locked in the library over a holiday weekend. Dealing with anxiety isn't easy and it's relieved a bit when she discovers she's not alone--school bad-boy, Dax, is in there with her. I've been in the library this was based on...a few times...and honestly, I thought this premise was unrealistic at first. Really...no phones? No way out? I had a lot of fun discussing possible reasons for the lock in with some friends before I read it and West writes this in a way that makes it believable. I don't deal with anxiety, but have a loved one who does and it can be a real debilitating condition. I love that West throws that in there to give the story a challenge that many people face. Autumn isn't perfect, but I think she handles her situation and condition in a natural and real way. I really liked her character and the way she worms her way into a "distraction" with Dax. There's also a serious issue revolving around Dax and I'm glad that was addressed too, but I really wonder what ended up happening with his mom. A few unresolved issues like that left me thinking long after I finished the book and I'm dying of curiosity. There were some hostile moments with friends--what happened with them? This book had a few minor similarities to the movie While You Were Sleeping, and I liked those parts. Meddling family, a "pretend" relationship, feeling lonely and falling for the one you least expect to. Overall, this was a great escape book. The romance was a long time in coming, but that made it feel more substantial. A book by West is always a winner in my book. Content: mild romance; mild violence (non-graphic accident and hospitalization); vague and brief talk of drug use.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I really like the book
Anonymous 16 days ago
It was pretty good. It was like all of Kasie West's books which are always pretty good!
book_junkee 21 days ago
Kasie West is an auto-buy for me, so I downloaded this book after screaming when I saw it. I went in only knowing that the MCs were locked in a library. I love love loved Autumn and Dax. They're so different and so similar and I loved reading them together. I also really loved Autumn's family. It's so rare to see present and positive parents. I love that they were open and listened to her. And the banter between Autumn and her brother Owen was some of the best. This was a lot angstier than other Kasie books and I wasn't expecting that. There's an entire different plot point that took me by surprise. At first I wasn't really into it, but by the ending, I could see how it forced Autumn to grow and speak up. As always, the ending was perfection and left me wanting more more more. I can't wait to read this one again. **Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in free of charge**
KendalH 22 days ago
Kasie West has become an auto buy for me since I read "On the Fence." Her characters are real with real problems, and Autumn is no exception. I was pulled in from page one. I didn't want the book to end. On the down side, the ending felt a little rushed. Everything still came together and it didn't take anything away from the book. I'll be eagerly awaiting the next book Kasie West writes.
Alyssa75 23 days ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** By Your Side by Kasie West Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): 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? What I Liked: Kasie West does it again! This is the seventh novel of hers that I've read, and I enjoyed it. I can always rely on West to deliver a cute, swoony, uplifting, and meaningful story. I love how she tackles certain "tough issues", and yet captivates readers with likable characters and a beautiful story. Suffice it to say, I'm addicted! It's Friday evenning, and Autumn and her friends had just finished up working on a big paper. They decide to leave the library and go to a bonfire. With a huge group and four different cars, it can get confusing. Autumn doubles back to the library to use the bathroom, leaving her bag and belongings in her crush's car. But when she is finished and goes to leave the library, she realizes that the library is locked down and closed. What's more, her friends are gone. And it's snowing. And it's the weekend of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day... which means she's going to be stuck in the library for three days. No phone, no service, no computer, nothing. She quickly finds out that Dax Miller, a loner who has trouble written all over him, is locked in as well. He's closed off and a boy of few words, but Autumn cracks his exterior as the weekend goes on. They survive the weekend together - but can they survive the aftermath? Autumn is as wonderful as any of West's other female protagonists. She has quick wit and she's funny. But she's also a little awkward and clumsy, and she suffers from anxiety. She gets panic attacks, and she doesn't want any of her friends to know. While she's in the library, she has panic attacks, and she tells Dax. Autumn really cares about what others think of her, which is why she hasn't told any of her friends about her condition. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Sarah_UK1 23 days ago
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Who else would be dumb enough to get trapped in a library?” This was a YA contemporary romance, featuring a couple trapped in a library. I liked Autumn in this, and I could totally relate to her anxiety disorder and the panic attacks that she suffered from. Dax was also really cute. The storyline in this was about Autumn and Dax getting trapped in a library together for a weekend, and slowly getting to know each other. I liked how the story moved on from being trapped in the library though, and we got to find out what happened to the pair of them afterwards. We did get a bit of a love triangle brewing as Autumn had been flirting with another boy prior to meeting Dax though, but there was no cheating. The ending to this was a happy one, and things were tied up nicely. 7 out of 10