By Your Side

By Your Side

by Kasie West


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An irresistible story from Kasie West that explores the timeless question: What do you do when you fall for the person you least expect?

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062455864
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2017
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 31,774
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing. Visit her online at

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By Your Side 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so invested in the characters and what was going on.. it was making me anxious for her! Loved it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is filled with romance, drama, passion, expectations and more. The story is really good and so are the characters. I have read this book more than 5 times. Kasie West is my most favorite author ever. Her books are amazing. Every time I get a new Kasie West book from my parents, (once a month) I finish the entire book within a day. Then I read the book as many times it takes so I know exactly what the book is about. Then I am kind if sad it's over. I totally recommend Kasie West as an author for romance and drama lovers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Recommended to anyone who enjoys romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was pretty good. It was like all of Kasie West's books which are always pretty good!
QueenAlchemy More than 1 year ago
4.5/5 Stars This book delighted me so much! I felt heart soar, I laughed, I felt my heart ache, and I felt so fulfilled at the end. I cannot stop reading Kasie West books! I think that I am hooked for good. I really connected with this book. Autumn, the main character, has generalized anxiety disorder and much of the book deals with her trying to handle her anxiety attacks. I have a social anxiety disorder that I have to deal with daily that I also take medications for so it was so easy for me to get in sync with Autumn's character. The only people that know about her anxiety disorder are her parents, brother, and the mysterious boy that experiences one of her attacks while they are locked inside the library over the weekend. Autumn has never told her friends about her anxiety issues because she didn't think that they would accept her, she didn't want to be treated differently, and she didn't want to make excuses for herself for having to take a step back sometimes. I thought that the representation of anxiety was very well displayed through Autumn's character. These characters were all fantastic! I loved Autumn, I loved Dax, and I loved her friends and family. I honestly felt that Jeff was annoying and immature in the beginning but I loved him at the end. He turned out to have such a big heart and showed that he really cared about Autumn. He even made me laugh at the end a few times with his carefree and charming personality. Dallin was irritating through most of the book, but I could understand his viewpoints throughout the book with his lack of knowledge of Autumn's anxiety issues. I loved Autumn's friendship with Lisa and her entire friend group as a whole. And I loved how they accepted her admission of her anxiety and supported her no questions asked. I loved the positive representation of family that was presented with both Autumn's family and Jeff's parents. I also liked the representation of not so great parents and the consequences and affects it can have on children through Dax's story. And on that note, I also liked the sensitive issues that were addressed apart from the anxiety disorder. Dax's story was heart wrenching and moving. I liked seeing inside the foster care system and seeing that things aren't always what they seem. I liked that West wasn't afraid to give Dax a sad backstory full of heartbreaking things. I really did love his character. Dax and Autumn both had amazing character growth in this book and it was a pleasure to read. The only thing that really irked me about this book was the unbelievable premise for the plot. The way that the plot develops is beautiful and I loved that, but in the very beginning, the fact that Autumn was trapped inside a library and had no way out and no way to call for help felt absurd to me. Strongly absurd. What library keeps its only telephones inside locked offices? And what doors refuse to open from the inside? Seriously? Apart from this huge oversight of unbelievability, I felt that the remaining plot points were played out beautifully. Overall, I felt that this was the most emotional Kasie West book that I have read yet. (My fourth book from her in total!) I loved seeing more emotional circumstances and issues with the characters. It really made them feel more real and story more impactful. I have no doubt that Kasie West fans will adore this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short and easy romance book that you for sure will enjoy! Autumn figuring out that theirs more to Dax then what is given and then them both developing a relationship and keeping that relationship present throughout the story is a very interesting and delightful thing to see unravel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A short and easy romance book that you for sure will enjoy! Autumn figuring out that theirs more to Dax then what is given and then them both developing a relationship and keeping that relationship present throughout the story is a very interesting and delightful thing to see unravel.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this one! I've always wanted to do a sleepover in the library, so this book hit a sweet spot. But, Kasie West has a talent for effortlessly blending light reading and humor with multidimensional characters and relevant plots. By the last page, you know you must read her next book immediately.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cute book I recommend any Kasie West books if you liked this one they’re all great reads!
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
By Your Side by Kasie West was a sweet, little story. Autumn and Dax get locked in the library, allowing them to get to know each other. There is a definite attraction, but that's only a part of the story. Autumn has had a crush on Jeff for a long time, and their great friends. So, she has a lot to contemplate once they're out of the library. She's young with all these conflicting emotions, but she's a sweetheart and doesn't want to hurt anyone. So, she has a hard time saying no and doing things she actually wants to do. Dax has his own issues, but that doesn't keep him from helping Autumn with hers. These two were so darn cute. That's pretty much how I think of this story as a whole. It was cute!
18876111 More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was cute but there was something that I felt could have been better developed. I felt like the back and forth between the flashbacks and present time could have been better. I liked how the romance developed, and how the importance of family and friendship were prominent.
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Your Side is an adorable young adult novel. While the premise isn’t anything new, a good girl falling for the bad boy, it was really well written and I found myself falling in love with Autumn and Dax. You see, these two meet when they are locked in the library over a holiday weekend. Autumn was by accident, Dax, however, needed a place to crash for the night. These two very different people not only come to an understanding of each other while locked in the library, but they also become unlikely friends. There was just something about this story that had me swooning all over the place.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good at first but got long and boring
thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
By Your Side surprised me by the depth hidden behind what I thought would be cotton candy fluff. A last minute potty break as the library is closing and Autumn Collins finds herself on the wrong side of the locked doors. Having put her bag in a friends car she is without a phone and has no way of letting anyone know where she is. She thought she was alone but is surprised to discover that Dax Miller, mysterious boy from the wrong side of the tracks is locked in the library with her. Autumn, not used to indifference tries really hard to break down Dax’s walls and succeeds. Up to a point. Autumn, who seemed to be your average teenage girl, was hiding a secret from her friends. She has a severe anxiety disorder and takes medication to control her panic attacks. I thought these panic attacks were an interesting way to spotlight what would be pretty normal high school drama. Semi popular girl has a crush on a popular guy that is just starting to like her back. The panic attacks put more emphasis on if he was the right guy for her. Her working through those thoughts while holding panic at bay added tension to what would have been a banal plotline. Dax was your typical misunderstood teen. His being locked in the library wasn’t an accident, he was actually “taking a break” from his foster family. His character didn’t seem to be so unusual. What was unusual was his self sacrifice for Autumn. That sacrifice and his willingly becoming her safe harbor placed me firmly on his side. This type of novel is not my usual choice but I really enjoyed the surprise of liking these characters and enjoying their love story. For those of you much younger than myself, I think you’ll identify with these characters even more than I.
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
By Your Side by Kasie West 5 Stars! - Wow!! I totally LOVED this book. It starts off by being trapped in a library!!! It had me hooked from right then! I have only read one other young adult book, and so I admit, I wasn't sure what to expect...but wow.. it was great! The flirty tension, fun dialogue, and wonderful lead characters just kept me longing to read. I did not want to put the book down! I am very glad my friend recommended this book to me. Well worth the read!!! ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING. I loved the plot and how the words just flew. It was so awful when the book ended. I love this author and hope she keeps writing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had such high hopes for this book because of all the good reviews and the concept of being locked up in a library. But I was disappointed - the story was more about a girl dealing with her anxiety instead of two bookworms. But the story was still good though, it just didn't meet my expectations. Overall the whole story was about accepting yourself and not being afraid of what your friends (or anyone else) think, and to find someone you feel truly comfortable being around.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best of all of her books. If you can only read one book by this author, read this one.
TiffsBookBlog More than 1 year ago
***BEWARE OF SPOILERS*** This is my first Kasie West read. I am really glad I bought four other books of hers. This book is super adorable. Although, I feel like someone wouldn't get locked in the library, much less two people. It seemed pretty unrealistic at that point. I originally thought the entire book was just going to be in that library. Boy, I was relieved I didn't have to read over 300 pages of that! There's only so much you can write about being in a library!! Autumn is your typical teenage girl. Except, she has anxiety that nobody knows about. She gets locked in the library when she declares she had to pee after consuming a crap-ton of soda. Dax is the "bad boy" at school who was rumored to have spent some time in juvie. He isn't what people make him out to be. He's far from it. He's a boy who's scared of commitment and friendships. When Autumn and Dax end up in the library together, things could have gotten ugly. They didn't. Their time together is actually pretty fun. They play games and learn secrets. Whilst watching T.V. and eating stolen food, they see a news broadcast that says Jeff (the guy Autumn likes) has been a wreck and she was presumably with him and currently missing. This sends her in a panic attack. Her and Dax's friendship sort of dwindles from that moment. He's not a real people-person. He likes to be by himself so he can't help to push Autumn away when she tries to spend time with him. Autumn feels pressured to tell her friends the truth about her anxiety and she's more pressured to tell Jeff that she doesn't like-like him anymore. All of that ends with Autumn and Dax as a couple. There are a lot more key parts but you can find those out for yourselves!! I loved Autumn and Dax's relationship. I feel like it's a typical teenage romance though. Especially with Jeff involved. Although, any normal person wouldn't push their crush to another guy, just saying. I'm really trying to get into YA contemporary books and I feel like this was a really good place to start. Kasie's writing was very easy to read. It took me a little bit to get into the book, though. But as soon as I was in, I didn't want to put it down!! It's super cute and will make you grin like a dork!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I loved it. ???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book! I loved it! Definity a book that a book nerd dreams about!
MAMABookasaurus More than 1 year ago
4.4 STARS REVIEW: A book about being locked up in a library. With a cute guy? YES PLEASE. Can we say dream come true?! Many people would be freaking out. Autumn was. At the lack of food and no blankets, I would have been too. However, the majestic row after row of lushious novels would have been a powerful distraction for me at least. Not to mention the eye candy that would have been next to me. ;) I was surprised by Autumn's lack of reading. She was going stir crazy. Dax on the other hand was able to keep a cool head. It reminded my of 'The Breakfast Club' when they'd play games, run through the building and loose their minds a bit. I thought the fact that Autumn was a photographer lent perfectly to how the story was captured for the book. It was a photo. Carefully angled, the subjects meticulously arranged and a tight focus. There wasn't much back story or foreshadowing. It was strictly on the now. It was a snapshot in time, capturing the story midstream, much like a photographer at an event edits his viewfinder to tell a story that happens in seconds. Autumn bugged me. I'll admit it. I don't like wishy washy behavior. As someone who deals with Anxiety, I understand a lot of what she was going through. But I also believe in putting on your big kid panties and holding yourself accountable in relationships. Any relationships. As for Dallin. Oh Lord, did I want to whack that boy over the head with the book. He needed to group up. Fast. You would think a serious event (sorry, I can't tell you because I'd spoil it) would make him mature a little, but nooooooooo. He got worse. Dax was an intriguing character. I felt like we could have dove deeper into his back story, but that didn't fit with the overall focus of the book. There were some really touching, emotional scenes that had me trying to hug him (the book by proxy).... yes, I'm weird. I wanted to know so much more about him. I was empathizing with him HARD. Break out the emotional pint of Ben & Jerry's.... The secondary characters weren't a huge part of the story, but her brother played a bigger role. I wish I could have seen more dialogue with him, he was my favorite. As for Jeff, he seemed one dimensional most of the time. I wondered what his motivations were. Some of his antics scared the crap out of me. It made you wonder what drew the two of them together in the first place. I guess opposites attract. Autumn's future was discussed, but I think Kasie intentionally left it vague and open ended. I hope she gains some more trust in herself and in her capabilities. It pains me to see people cling to choices based on fear of uncertainty. Not that the other choice (again, can't say about what, no spoilers) was a bad one, but it didn't seem like it used any natural abilities she already possessed. Her ability to communicate grew infinitesimally but it was centered around Dax, not in general. Again, I don't think the point of the book was to see major character development or long range changes, but rather a snippet of time. Kasie West has an uncanny way of making you feel integrated into the story and the characters. Her pacing is always on point, and her ability to emotionally dunk you is impressive as always. I'd describe Kasie's writings are addictive as Girl Scout Samoas after a year long Paleo diet!
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) I love YA and I think it's because I still feel pretty young on the inside. Kasie West has a way with her words that really draws me in and brings back my teenage feelings, but in a good way. Autumn finds herself locked in the library over a holiday weekend. Dealing with anxiety isn't easy and it's relieved a bit when she discovers she's not alone--school bad-boy, Dax, is in there with her. I've been in the library this was based on...a few times...and honestly, I thought this premise was unrealistic at first. phones? No way out? I had a lot of fun discussing possible reasons for the lock in with some friends before I read it and West writes this in a way that makes it believable. I don't deal with anxiety, but have a loved one who does and it can be a real debilitating condition. I love that West throws that in there to give the story a challenge that many people face. Autumn isn't perfect, but I think she handles her situation and condition in a natural and real way. I really liked her character and the way she worms her way into a "distraction" with Dax. There's also a serious issue revolving around Dax and I'm glad that was addressed too, but I really wonder what ended up happening with his mom. A few unresolved issues like that left me thinking long after I finished the book and I'm dying of curiosity. There were some hostile moments with friends--what happened with them? This book had a few minor similarities to the movie While You Were Sleeping, and I liked those parts. Meddling family, a "pretend" relationship, feeling lonely and falling for the one you least expect to. Overall, this was a great escape book. The romance was a long time in coming, but that made it feel more substantial. A book by West is always a winner in my book. Content: mild romance; mild violence (non-graphic accident and hospitalization); vague and brief talk of drug use.