Book Review: By Your Side by Kasie West

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Book Rating

3.75/5

Book Review

By Your Side was such a cute, fast read! I have been in a more lighthearted mood, and found a couple of Young Adult novels on Audible to listen to on my daily walks with Walter. They have put me in a much better mood and are easy to put down and come back to in the middle of the day.

This book was fun and lighthearted. Autumn gets locked in a library while the rest of her friends venture off to a bonfire. At first, it’s no big deal, until she realizes that the library is closed the entire weekend, and she may not be alone!

This book had a small love triangle in it, which was interesting to see. I could tell how these problems Autumn was having would be very relevant to a very young girl, but I had trouble relating because I am old now and sometimes would wonder why she reacted that way or do things a certain way. But then, I would think about myself in high school, and ended up being okay with her decision.

It also raised views on a fairly commonly misunderstood disorder, which I have to say was nice to see a main character who had anxiety disorder, but more importantly, a family that was so understanding and supportive of it! Her parents were amazing, and her brother was pretty great too! Not very often you have a family so supportive and wonderful in a book, and I’ve got to say it felt good to read about!

By Your Side took place in a library for the first half of the book, although I gotta say, I’m very disappointed in Autumn’s use of this time… I would expect a book about being stuck in the library would contain, well, a little more reading. This was probably my biggest disappointment out of the book. Oh, Autumn, you have so much to learn about the love of books instead of TV and games!

Anyway, if you are looking for a fun, lighthearted young adult read, look no further than this gem! I wouldn’t say it covers anxiety disorder quite as well as some other novels, and the character depth isn’t as great as I’ve read before, but all in all, I thought it was a pretty fun read!

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