- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 6 hours and 35 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: HarperAudio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 31, 2017
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MXLQFWP
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By Your Side Audiobook – Unabridged
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On one hand, I love the idea of two people that dislike each other locked in a library, but then everything else seemed super cliched. I'm still confused on how Autumn gets locked in. Are there no emergency exits in this building? Of course, that would have triggered an alarm, but she would have been long gone, and at the beginning, she didn't even know about Dax.
The cliches start right at the beginning. Dax is the typical "misunderstood bad boy" kind of character. He's standoffish but always around to help Autumn. But that's about as deep as he goes it seems. Autumn is the flakey, overachiever that tries to be everything everyone wants at the cost of herself. And her friends are completely oblivious to her issues. They don't even realize she's missing for over a day.
I did like the way Autumn and Dax's relationship grew. He slowly lets her in, I think mostly because she's open about her anxiety disorder. It's kind of hard to not want to open up to someone who's whole tragic life is on miserable display. He's obviously a super sweet guy stuck in a crappy situation. I just wish they had more personality.
The way mental illness as a plot device worked for me. Autumn has some pretty serious anxiety issues, but unlike other books I've read, she's trying to deal with them. She avoids telling her friends because she's afraid they'll treat her differently (a common belief), but she takes her meds and tries to have a normal life.
Her big freak out, though, was over the top for me. It shifts the story from the library to everyday life, but it seemed excessive to me. But then again, my anxiety issues aren't as severe as Autumns. The whole thing does lead to my favorite part--Dax sacrificing himself to save Autumn, doing the one thing he begged her not to do for fear of being arrested. And it screws up his life as much as he predicted.
It's after this point that I have the most problems. The two of them go back and forth on whether they even want to admit they're friends. It's obvious they have a connection, but Autumn lets her friends' opinion of Dax to control her relationship with him. Which was a big turn off at that point for me.
The book had a lot of potential, and I really liked the writing. The dialogue was a lot smoother than some of her other books. The excessive use of tropes and cliches that didn't work or were way too predictable lowered my rating. It has its cute moments, though, and I'll read it again.
By Your Side is the story of Autumn Collins who is accidentally locked in a library with a strange boy instead of heading off to the mountains for a weekend with friends. Including a different boy she actually likes. This is what comes from drinking Dr. Pepper, people. I just hope we can learn something from this.
Autumn is pretty generic. She isn't outgoing, but she also isn't a reader. She doesn't seem to be particularly interested in much. Photography is mentioned a few times but she never really thinks about it or takes any photos. She is also a people pleaser to an unhealthy extent. Throughout the book, she bends over backward to make other people happy even while those actions hurt her. Autumn has anxiety. It wasn't portrayed in a disrespectful manner, but I do wish that instead of talking about her anxiety that we could have seen her anxiety. She has a couple of panic attacks, but they didn't have the impact that I was hoping for. I also think that there was a confusion between emotions and anxiety. The representation in this book is not terrible but could have been much better. Reminder that I don't have anxiety so my opinion doesn't count for much.
I liked Dax. He is mysterious and cool and has that wounded bad boy thing that I am a sucker for as a reader. Is anyone else like that? Bad boys in fiction- all the yes. Bad boys in real life- I do not think so. It is time for a restraining order. To be fair Dax was more a victim of malicious gossip than a bad boy. This is the Bad Boy that I like the best. A bad boy of misunderstanding. Question: Is any character in YA ever in a decent foster home? Every single one that I can think of off the top of my head is terrible and abusive. I know that the foster system has enormous problems, but I also hope that not every foster home is horrifically abusive.
A good portion of the book takes place with our two lovebirds locked in a library for the weekend. This is an excellent premise for a novel and also happens to be one of my secret desires. Sadly, there is not much reading. Why that is I cannot fathom. Autumn sits there for hours surrounded by the books whining internally about how bored she is. What is this strange creature? Just READ something, already! I am also confused as to how two people get locked inside a library accidentally. I used to work at a library. You do a sweep through, including the restrooms, before you lock up for the night.
By Your Side was cute, light, and romantic. It isn't going to stay with me much past finishing this review, but it also didn't viscerally anger me. I liked this book more than some other of West's books, but maybe she just isn't the author for me. I say this, but I just saw the cover of Lucky in Love, and you know I am going to be reading it.
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