By Your Side

By Kasie West
Read by Caitlin Kelly

6.59 Hours 01/31/2017 unabridged
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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, threatens to pull her from Dax’s side?

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Summary

Summary

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, threatens to pull her from Dax’s side?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Narrator Caitlin Kelly delivers a bubbly performance of this young adult romance…Although the story is a typical high school romance, Kelly’s performance exhibits the right mix of vulnerability and sweetness to keep listeners engaged with the pair’s budding relationship. While Kelly uses undifferentiated voices in dialogue, her reading includes just the right amount of emotion. A sweet and fun story.” AudioFile
“Autumn and Dax’s relationship burns brightly. Autumn’s struggles with anxiety are equally dynamic…A simmering romance that gives weight to mental health and hard choices.” Kirkus Reviews
“Fans of opposites-attract romances…should enjoy watching Autumn and Dax find each other, even as the two teens pushback against a host of judgments, expectations, and assumptions.” Publishers Weekly
“Going beyond a light tale of teen love, the story delves deeper by weaving in themes of the foster care system, absent parents, and mental illness…West’s multidimensional protagonists experience growth as their romance evolves.” School Library Journal
“One quick trip to the library bathroom at closing time later, and…this engaging story takes off. West skillfully zeroes in on peer pressure, a complex labyrinth of friendships, and Autumn’s anxiety issues and conflicted feelings about boyfriends in a realistic and insightful way.” Booklist
“Readers who enjoy a slow-build romance with themes of social class, reputations, and mental health issues will enjoy this slow-to-start story with the warm fire of unlikely attraction.” VOYA

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Author Bio: Kasie West

Kasie West graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 6.59
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English