Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Published: January 31, 2017 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Period: August 15-19, 2017
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?
Autumn is accidentally trap in the library when she had to pee inside and left her things including her phone in a friend’s car. Dax is Autumn’s schoolmate who looks for a weekend place where he can stay. Opposite to Autumn, Dax planned to stay inside the library.
Unlike the other Kasie West’s book, I don’t like this book much. First, the pace of this one is slow. It bores me in some ways. Second, whatever explanations these story lay down, I still don’t get the point that they leave Autumn behind and no one noticed about it? What kind of friend will forget her friend and didn’t even return Third, I know that reminiscing a memory of how Autumn and Jeff flirt is essential to the story. But I don’t find it essential and entertaining. I’m quite much interested on how Autumn and Dax interact, how their relationship will bloom. Aren’t they the highlight of the story? Fourth, I don’t like the characters in this book. It is not that I can’t relate to them but I can’t feel them. Weird but their emotions seems flat to me. Fifth, I don’t want to react about the distraction agreement but I couldn’t help it. It’s like friends with benefits but in different level. I still seriously can’t believe the “distraction” thing. The idea is good but even though they decided that there must be no attachment in their friendship, there is already. Lastly, but there is one particular twist that I didn’t foresee which really surprised me. That twist didn’t even occur to my head.
By Your Side didn’t give me the feeling of excitement and “kilig” like P. S. I Like You gave me or any other Kasie West books. It took me so long to finish this one. I somehow lost my interest which is weird because I’m supposed to be on the drive of reading contemporary. Overall, this book is okay.
P. S. Kasie West’s distinct characteristic of her lead female character is sarcasm. It sounds like a joke or humorous but sometimes it’s irritating. Now I wonder if Kasie likes to throw dry jokes. Is she sarcastic like the characters in her stories? Well, I’ve read somewhere before that characters in books is one part of the author.
“Possibilities don’t hurt as much as realities. Possibilities are exciting and endless. Realities are final.”
“And what’s wrong with risk? What’s wrong with going after the uncertain choice? The one you haven’t planned to a T.”
“Figure out what you think. Figure out what you want.”