Friday, February 24, 2017

By Your Side *Audiobook* by Kasie West 3 out of 5 Monkey


By Your Side

  • Written by: Kasie West
  • 342 pages
    Published January 31st 2017 by Harper Teen
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:01-31-17
  • Publisher: HarperAudio 
(This is based on fun read scale) 

I was so excited when I found out a new Kasie West book was released.  She is a guilty pleasure of mine.   It got even better when I read the synopis about her being stuck in a library.  Me being the book nerd I am I was jumping for joy.  So I queued it up on TuneIn and listened.  Although it does take place partially in a library it DOES NOT have anything to do about a book nerd or any fun book knowledge.  It really is just in a library that is all.  Just a setting.  I know saying that a book disappointed me just because of a setting was used differently then what I expected is wrong but the unintentional sour taste stayed with me.  Also this book does not take place only in a library it is pretty much 2 parts. During Library and After Library.   
Part 1 Library -  The premise is as unrealistic as it sounds.  Autumn is with a study group with friends only to have to take a last minute bathroom break before leaving for a bonfire but alas instead of being able to leave she only gets a locked door with not even one emergency exit.  First off that must be the fastest library closing group ever.  Unless she took 45 min to pee there is no way feasable for someone to run in with doors open and go quickly to the restroom to lock up and seal it shut.  If it was really that inescapable they should of done a walk through.  Not only that but her friends leave and don't notice.  I know it is somewhat explained but still really.  They also explain the fact of pulling the fire alarms.  Dax's story is much much more believable.  He just hid because he needed somewhere to sleep. During there time at the library as to be expected with these reads they bond but not expected is they don't instantly get smitten.  He learns about Autumns anxiety and realizes she doesn't let anyone know.  Dax also explains his problems.  It was nice to see friendship break free.  As much as I love fun reads I dislike always when the smitteness happens super quickly.  Without spoilers something big happens though that brings them back to reality.
Part 2 After the Library- They are not really part of the same social circle so it is hard for Autumn and Dax to connect.  But because Autumn wants to keep her anxiety a secret and be there for her friend who is in the hospital she sucks it up and uses Dax as a "distraction".  Even if she wanted Dax doesn't really even want a friend he just wants to make it until he is 18 then gone.  So hence the distraction play happens.  I am not going to share a lot about this half because it will contain lots of spoilers but can say this second half truly redeemed the book.  If it would of stayed just at the library this would of been a 1.  Even now still debating over the 2.5 or 3 so rounding up.  

Autumn:  Her character I wasn't the biggest fan of.  Yes she suffers from anxiety which I respect but the way it is handled I do not.  I get she is afraid to let her friends know but I know myself suffering from anxiety the way she is able to do things with it as bad as she makes it out to be in the book I just don't see and then friends never noticing.  I know my friends even at a young age knew I would freak out at certain obstacles.  Also I always dislike followers are she is a Class A one.  

Dex:  Now his character I liked.  He is the bad boy with a secret past and huge heart.  Kind of cliche for these kinds of books but what makes it a fun read.  His character is so calm it makes me fear for him.  His character is the type of character I love in these books.  I always felt for him and always wanted in his mind.  But alas only done in Autumn's POV.


Performance 4 out of 5 Bananas 
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Caitlin Kelly has such a young voice.  She almost sounds to young for Autumn although with her characters innocence I believe she works well.  Although I wish for a male narrator to share Dax's head that is not how the story was written.  Caitlin does a great job though of keeping each character different. 

 (these quotes might give away some spoilers

“There was something very satisfying about a smile that had to be earned.” 

"Possibilities are exciting and endless. Realities are final. There would be no more 'what ifs,' no more 'might bes," no more dreaming.” 

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