By Your Side
By Kasie West
Summary: 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?
Source: I purchased a kindle copy
I enjoyed By Your Side. Like other Kasie West novels, it was a fun and short contemporary romance. I loved that it started out in a library and that it was a romance between two people who probably would’ve never crossed paths before.
Autumn got stuck in a library when she ran into pee before going off with her friends for the weekend. Somehow, it seemed like she got lost in the shuffle because her friends didn’t come back for her. Dax, a guy from her high school ended up locked in the library, too, but he was a lot less freaked out and also had an overnight bag with him. Autumn didn’t know him very well, but just heard rumors about how he was trouble.
Autumn had anxiety, but none of her friends knew. She was constantly thrown into crazy scenarios and parties with her friends and she found herself escaping to a quiet corner when she could. Probably how she ended up locked in the library without her friends looking for her. They were used to losing track of her. Dax, while he wasn’t very talkative or friendly, didn’t seem to mind that she had anxiety and was freaking out about being trapped in the library. He seemed to know exactly how to talk to her.
I loved By Your Side because it was all about not judging books by their covers and learning to be honest with yourself and your friends.