Gisela’s review of By Your Side

That was the sweetest thing I’ve read in a while even with it beginning with a cliche. Good girl meets “tough and tender” boy and get locked up in a library by accident over a long weekend. That sounds like a dream come true to me.

Despite the cliche beginning, the book had serious undertones to it, and one that I admittedly and personally can relate to. The main character, Autumn has an anxiety disorder. She panics over many things and it’s not until Dax (tough and tender boy) shows her that it’s okay to say no to friends and situations if they make you feel uncomfortable. Her mother was a super hero too letting her know that it’s okay to take mental health breaks once in a while.

There was a moment in the end that made me tear up a bit, where Autumn explains her disorder as her mind not being in tune with her body sometimes. Such a simple statement that speaks volumes.

This book was adorable too. I’m a sucker for tough and tender boys. Especially ones who read. Anyone who needs a little light in their day should read this. 

Side Note: I only read this book based on a recommendation. I would have never picked it up on my own because of the cover. I’m not a big fan of real people on covers. *shudders*

Gisela’s review of By Your Side

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