If You’re in the Mood for Something Warm and Fuzzy: By Your Side by Kasie West

By Your SideBy Your Side by
Published by: HarperTeen on
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 4/5

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 »

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.

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8 comments

  1. A book about being locked up in the library? That honestly sounds like my idea of heaven…imagine all the reading that you could get done. Though another part of me can’t help but wonder who’d I would prefer to get locked up in a library with…he’d have to respect the library naturally. Nevertheless, getting locked up in the library in my hometown would be impossible as it has two whole walls of windows…and the police department is basically right next door. Anyhow, I’ve ordered this book from my local library, and I’ll come back when I finish it to let you know what I thought of it. 🙂

  2. I have been seeing this pop up a lot.. Now I must read it! I have anxiety also so I am curious as t how it is delt with in the story. I will put it on my TBR list.

  3. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this one, but I’m such a Kasie West fan that I still have high hopes. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and I’m always a sucker for a Pride & Prejudice style guy. Plus the MCs are locked up in a library!

  4. I’ve been hearing so many wonderful things about Kasie West lately, mostly this book, but some others as well. I’ve read one or two of her books (I can’t remember- I definitely read The Distance Between Us). I can’t wait to read this one! 🙂

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