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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?

©2017 Kasie West (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Wow! What a great book!

Great story! I finished it in a day; had to know what was going to happen next! Portrayed emotions so well, my body mirrored almost every one!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 04-17-17

SWEET YA STORY, VERY WELL NARRATED!!!!

If you could sum up By Your Side in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Hopeful, Insiteful

What was one of the most memorable moments of By Your Side?

When Dax pulls the alarm to help Autumn...

Have you listened to any of Caitlin Kelly’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Lots!! I love her so much...she is one of my faves!!!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Autumn finally admits to her friends she has an anxiety disorder...

Any additional comments?

** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **<br/><br/>This is a YA love story, no sexy times, but super sweet!! Autumn accidentally gets locked in the library over a long weekend...thinking she is alone, she is surprised when she runs into Dax...he is a foster child and his foster family had kicked him out for the weekend...a common occurrence...They become fast friends...well it turns out Autumns parents have been searching for her, thinking that she may be dead...so Dax pulls the fire alarm to get Autumn rescued...this triggers Autumns anxiety disorder and she passes out...<br/><br/>Jeff, Autumns long time semi boyfriend was involved in a bad accident, and Autumns friends have thought she was with him, and possibly dead...they are unaware of her anxiety disorder...and this is causing misunderstandings...she eventually has to come clean with them and be honest with herself..and this helps, and we get a very sweet HEA!!<br/><br/>WELL NARRATED AND A SWEET STORY, WORTH YOUR TIME AND A CREDIT!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Love Kasie West Books

Clean, fun story about discovering self and finding love. My daughter read it in a couple of days.

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Warning! Romance was not the main theme and could trigger anxiety attacks!

Warning the protagonist has anxiety, for an empathetic and anxious person this book was hard for me to read. Was pretty bummed there wasn't much romance and I consider this book not to be a teen romance, but more of a teen realistic fiction drama. Wish the romance had happened a lot sooner. It did keep my attention and narrator did a good job. This book had so much promise with an amazing idea of getting trapped in a library and it was disappointing.

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Loved it

I loved this book and I would read it again and again it kinda relates to my life a little bit

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Beautiful young adult romance from Kasper West!

The story was a beautiful unlikely romance with unique twists. I feel the way the author was able to convey the main characters anxiety and how it shaped her relationships and uncertainty was seamlessly done whereas it would be been easy to lose her character's voice. I really enjoyed it! I felt the book could even have been longer or explored the relationship between Autumn and Dad even more! The narrator was perfect, she had a appropriately young sounding voice with a spot on interpretation of the book!

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Unputdownable

I've never listened to an audiobook so fast. I started listening on my commute and got home and realized I couldn't stop. The story is fairly predictable but fun and adorable. The narrator was great, but her guy voices weren't stellar. She definitely tried, but they all kind of sounded the same. This book gave me all the good book feelings. I laughed and cried and needed to race to the end to see what happens. Definitely going to remember and probably revisit this one.

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Cute!

Cute book, I love Autumn and how relatable she is with her anxiety. You cant help but love Dax! Thought the ending could have used a bit more, but overall super cute for a light listen. ❤️

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great book wish their was a second one!!!

wish their was a man reading the men's parts. But this book was amazing, I would recommend it.

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surprisingly good

slow at first but turned out to be really good.I would definitely reccommend to others.