Review: By Your Side

I had been wanting to read this book for a little while, ever since it got published a month ago. Unfortunately I don’t have a funny story to go with this, hence the fact that I read it in bed, in the comfort of my own home. The moral is still the same though, that I truly enjoyed it!

30256248Author: Katie West

Published: January 31st

This book is about a girl, Autumn, who gets locked in the library over the weekend. She had planned to go up to a cabin with her friends, and long time crush Jeff, but ended up left behind and forgotten about. However, it turns out Autumn isn’t the only one locked in the library over the long weekend. Dax, the local troublemaker, is locked in right alongside her. In this book we are shown the heartfelt moments between them while locked in the library, but also, an aspect of the book I wasn’t prepared for; what goes on outside of the library in the couple of days following their “release”.

Normally, I’m not a big fan of love-triangels. I always end up rooting for the wrong person, and end up disappointed and a bit sad afterwards that the main character didn’t choose the partner I saw most fit. And that was also the case with this book, at least to some extent. Jeff and Dax were both wonderful characters. Each with their own set of flaws and perfections, so I had a hard time picking one favorite and sticking with it. However, what made this book stand out from others I have read, is that I wasn’t disappointed at who she ended up picking, even if I hadn’t exactly hoped for that outcome. The fact that West accomplished this, is something I have great respect for!

Autumn, the main character, is also someone I have great respect for. Although she is struggling with anxiety, she is a strong and independent character. I felt connected to her. Even in situations I felt she acted irrational, which she hardly did, I couldn’t bring myself to get mad at her, and the desire to fling the book at the wall was only slightly there.

The world building was also well pulled of. The fact that they were locked in a library didn’t seem as unrealistic as I might have thought it to be before reading this book. The home-life of Autumn was portrayed in a believable was, and could almost feel like my own sometimes.

Overall, I really liked this book. It was a light, easy contemporary read, not too heavy on the heart strings!

4.5/5 stars!

 

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March TBR

Okay, so before I even start this post I want to make you aware of the fact I have terrible habit of not following my TBRs. Like at all. Still, I like setting, sometimes unattainable, goals for myself. And hence my split personality-this TBR I probably won’t keep to!

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To start of my TBR, a book I’ve been wanting to read ever since it came out January 31 of this year. By Your Side by Katie West just seems like this heartfelt book about love and friendship, and the perfect contemporary to jet-start the spring season. For God’s sake, it takes place in a library! What could possibly be better??

13372690The next book I’ve been dying to read, and will hopefully get to this month, is Slammed by Colleen Hoover. I honestly don’t know much about this book at all, other than the fact it was published in 2012 – can you believe thats already five years ago? This was the first Colleen Hoover book I got mye eyes on, it inspired me to read her other books, so therefore it seems only fair I read the book that got mye eyes up for one of my favorite authors. (Including the rest of the series)

23507628The last book I want to read is I Was Here by Gayle Forman. I bought this book a little over a year ago, and it has been judging me from my shelf ever since. This book is a bit different from the other two on my TBR this month, and in the sense that it talks about suicide and self harm. These are topics not often discussed in the open, and I’m excited to see how this book adresses the issue.

 

As you can see, I’ve decided to only add three books to my list this month. Honestly, I’m not even sure I’ll be able to get through them. The school year is gearing up, work is piling up, and the subjects intensifies. My teaches says the next six weeks will be the most challenging of the year, and my focus will primarily on school and homework these following weeks. Hope you’ll understand!