'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?'

A cute story partially set in a bookworm's heaven.

The setting of this book is like my dream come true. Who doesn't want to be locked in a library over the weekend with a cute boy? As soon as I heard the premise of this book, I just had to get my hands on it.

I absolutely loved that Kasie West tackled mental illness in this book, with one of the lead characters suffering from an anxiety disorder. As someone who suffers from anxiety I really love that these issues are starting to be discussed more openly.

As someone with anxiety I am often critical of how it is portrayed, given that, I can honestly say I was extremely pleased with the way Kasie West approached the topic and how Autumn, Dax and the other characters handled it. I think it was perfectly described, I only wish I had this book when I was a teenager.

Now on to the characters, mainly Autumn and Dax. I really loved the relationship between these two characters. It was cute and sweet yet still felt grounded and real. With some truly beautiful scenes playing out between these characters. I also really loved the dialog between Autumn and Dax, especially the way it changed depending on the subject matter being discussed.

I loved the blend of darker themes and lighter moments. The darker themes really helped to build a well-rounded picture of these characters. These darker themes were perfectly complimented with lighter, more playful moments that helped to stop this book from becoming too heavy.

Now on to my issue with this book. I felt cheated by the lack of time spent in the library. Going into this book, given its synopsis, I was expecting the majority of the story to take place in the library. That did not happen. By three-quarters into the story the characters escape the library.

Given the premise of this book I was not happy about this development. I understand that the whole book couldn't take place in the library, but I was expecting far more time to be spent in the library.

Unfortunately for me, the abrupt departure from the library so early in the story really bothered me and kind of ruined the book a little. I was annoyed and that effected my interest in the story.

Whilst I still enjoyed the remainder of the story, I wasnt nearly as excited as I had been. I think if I had of gone into this book without knowing the premise I would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.

By Your Side by Kasie West is a cute, sweet story, partially set in a library. If you go into this book knowing that you will absolutely love it.

Published by Geramie Kate Barker