Published by: HarperTeen on February 14, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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?
Love love love!
By Your Side was exactly what I wanted when I read it: adorable, warm, fun, and a little fluffy. Did I mention warm? The book actually talks a lot about the cold but something about reading it all snuggled up under blankets made me feel warm. Don’t question it.
What was a cool surprise was the focus on anxiety. I didn’t expect that! I thought it was done really well. I could relate to a lot of what Autumn described.
And I loved how Dax really grew on me. He came off as a bit of an ass at the beginning, but in true Pride & Prejudice style, I loved him by the end. ♥ I did feel like the business with View Spoiler » [his mother just randomly dropped off unresolved though. I expected more closure there. « Hide Spoiler]
One thing I loved was how the conflict wasn’t exaggerated. Yes there was some conflict, but it wasn’t annoyingly dragged out like it is in some books. I really appreciated how the characters wrapped things up there.
Super fun book! ♥ I definitely recommend it if you’re in the mood for something kind of warm and fuzzy, but with some important subjects beneath the surface.