Book: By Your Side by Kasie West
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
So, I pretty much read Kasie West's books the minute I realize they are available. Sadly, I just realized that I somehow missed one.. which is actually cool, because now I can order and it read it! I haven't run out of Kasie West books to read yet!!!
Anyway, I love them because they are simple YA love stories that are fast, quick and easy to read. With fun characters that have fun interactions and great dialogue. I want to write books like these. Like... this is truly what I wish my stories to be. Sigh. Maybe some day.
So I sat down with this one the other night and after a few hours, I was half way done. Later that evening, I was almost done. I woke up the next day and finished it. Now, that is something that has not happened in a long time around here! I can totally still do this reading thing!
This story was actually set right in my town, with one of our favorite libraries as the backdrop. In fact, our main characters get locked up in the library for nearly an entire MLK holiday weekend. And the guy is not the guy that our girl thinks she'll would like to be locked up in a library with, because, he's kinda scary. Aloof. Mysterious. Rumors floating around him. Not so happy rumors.
But what can she do but make the best of things. And by the time they get out (I won't tell you how that happens!) she kinda likes him. I mean... OF COURSE SHE DOES!
So when she goes back to her normal life, things aren't so normal anymore. And besides dealing with that, her anxiety attacks are getting worse and... guess what she discovers. This guy has a calming soothing affect on her. OF COURSE HE DOES!
I love it. Yes. I mean there is no earth shattering plot or crazy use of words... just simple fun writing. And.. let me just say it again.. I love it.
Now, I'm going to go figure out how I missed getting my hands on one of her books and fix that little mishap.