By My Side

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Rated 4.50/5 based on 10 reviews
Lily Saunders sees her family falling apart. Her father is deserting her, and her mother is drinking more and more. Even sarcasm can't help Lily. When she thinks her best friend, Andy Green, will help her, she discovers how his blinding jealousy will mess everything up. More

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Published by Anchor Group
Words: 49,980
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301278299

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Review by: Katherine Eccleston on Jan. 09, 2014 :
By My Side by Stephanie Witter is a YA contemporary romance that focuses on a teen girl who is going through a lot in her life. Lily's father has left her and her mother, her mother is drinking nonstop, and Lily has the weight of the world on her. She thought that she could count on her best friend, Andy, to help her deal with everything but instead it's Andy's brother Gabe who Lily comes to rely on.
The story has a lot of tough concepts in it, including drug and alcohol use, overdose, and divorce. It also has a teen romance that is very realistic in its ups and downs. I think that this book would be very relatable to teenagers.
Overall, I liked the story and I would recommend it to fans of YA contemporary romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dara Brown on Jan. 05, 2014 :
First off, let me state that I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

By My Side by Stephanie Witter is a wonderful book. It follows Lily and her relationship with brothers Andy and Gabe. Lily has a troubled life, and she has always been able to rely on her best friend, Andy, being there for her. Lily embarks in a relationship with Gabe, Andy's brother, and Andy shuns Lily because of that relationship. This story really brings the dilemma of teen love into light, and brings it all together in a believable plot. I definitely recommend this book to any reader!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: anne ragan on Jan. 01, 2014 :
I truly enjoyed reading this book. I feel for the main character since growing up in a similar situation. Her emotions ring true for what she is going through. However, being older, the back and forth of her emotions gets old with me. Pick what you want, girl! I love the ending and love the characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Claire Taylor on Dec. 27, 2013 :
Stephanie Witter
By My Side

I loved everything to do with this story, from start to finish and found myself quickly devouring every chapter. Lily’s pain was clearly evident with the descriptive nature used, and I couldn’t help but be drawn into her life. It’s an emotional roller coaster, but love always is, and I thoroughly enjoyed being taken along for the ride.

I received an e-copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alana McKinney on Dec. 19, 2013 :
I was gifted a copy of By My Side in exchange for an honest review.

Lily Saunders was looking forward to hanging out with her best friend Andy Green during the summer after their junior year. The return of Andy’s older brother Gabe from college promises to add drama to their summer because they despise him. When Andy and Lily start fighting, drama certainly arrives, but it comes in a different package than even Lily expected. Gabe tries to comfort Lily during her fight with his younger brother and wants her to give Andy a chance to amend their friendship. Instead, Lily finds herself facing romantic feelings she never thought she would have for either of the Green brothers. Lily’s sarcasm and budding feelings provide an escape from the harsh reality of her parent’s divorce.
There were a few times throughout the book that the wording was a little confusing and minor details were not consistent throughout, but these did not take away from the plot. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Witter.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: m Williams on Dec. 12, 2013 :
I read By My Side by Stephanie Witter. I recommend this book! I love the story and the sarcasm of Lily. This is her story of the summer after the Junior year of high school. Her best friend Andy has been her friend ever since kindergarten and he is her optimism where she is his pessimism. They hate Andy's older brother Gabe, who is in college, with a passion... but he shows up back at home during their summer and won't leave. The summer looks like it's going to be all downhill for Lily and Andy until they start fighting. Gabe steps in to "comfort" Lily, but that's where the drama starts. There is a couple parts where it is sad because of things that happen in their lives, but it adds to the story. A few times in the book things were worded a little differently, but I understood it and it did not hurt the story in any way. This author is a great writer. This is her debut novel and I want to read more of her books!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: F. Rod on June 12, 2013 :
It is commonly known that women mature faster than men when they get to puberty. And this is the case in Lily Saunders and Gabe Green´s story ....

I enjoyed this story so much. There was so much understanding and chemistry between the main characters. They both have smart mouths and the sarcasm is everywhere. I laughed and cried when I had to. Some parts where hilarious and others were simply depressing. When Gabe heads to college Lily is fifteen so for him she is still a girl not a woman yet. When Gabe get back he is twenty and Lily with seventeen years old she looks stunning and she´s more mature. So attraction is a bitch and starts pulling each others strings.

Lily and Andy Green are best friends since kindergarten. She has to endure the problems in her home. Her parents are constantly fighting and insulting each other, so she seeks her escape by spending time in Andy´s house. At the beginning of Summer vacation she heads to Andy´s and is greeted at the door by her Nemesis Gabe Green a.k.a. Andy´s big brother, three years older than her.

Since they were kids, Gabe constantly mocked, insulted and messed up with her and his little brother. They can´t stand each other. But something changes...

After two years, Gabe has come back from college to stay for Summer vacations. Nobody knows why but
Gabe has a secret. It is something that made him be the way he is now. Different. A changed man.

Lily fights with Andy after refusing to go to a band play at the local place because she can´t stand the cool kids and the cheerleaders. She tells Andy he only wants to go there because he is afraid to lose his throne as a popoular guy because his brother is in town.

Lily feels bad and heads to see the band play, and when she spots Andy he doesn't even acknowledge her so she sits at the bar. He realizes the guy sitting at her side is Gabe. They talk and he tells her Andy is interested in her but she says they are only friends. Gabe wants to prove a point and kisses Lily. Andy of course gets mad and demands an explanation from Lily and tells her he doesn't know who she is anymore and leaves her in the parking lot outside the place where the band was playing. Gabe appears and says his brother is jealous.

Lily has no one to talk to about her parents issues so she finds refugee with Gabe. He tells her the reason he came back home for vacations. They spend some quality time together and begin bonding to the point that they find support in each other and something else starts to grow between them.

Happily ever afters and love don't last forever when you are this young right? So what will happen when he goes back to school? He´s been known to be a player after all...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jane anne on April 06, 2013 :
It is pretty clear from the start that things are not going well in Lily’s life but luckily when it gets too tough to be at home she has Andy to turn to. After yet another argument between her parents Lily drives to see Andy but when his front door opens Gabe, Andy’s older brother and Lily’s childhood nemesis, is standing there. Gabe should be in school and seeing him home was the last thing she needed.

Through no fault of her own, this poor girl has some rotten stuff to deal with, from a father who doesn’t appear to care anymore, to an alcoholic mother, all the while trying to live as normal a life as possible and get through school. Her situation goes from bad to worse and she finds comfort in places she never thought she would, but that in itself creates even more conflict for her.

By My Side is a very busy book with continuous new dramas unfolding, and I found it quite emotionally draining to read. I can’t say I enjoyed it because the majority of its content was depressing, but for a coming of age drama it was well written and a good read, even if it was rather typical for the genre. I found it easy to feel for the characters and was fully invested in their story and where it would take me. Stephanie Witter is a new author to me but I enjoyed her writing and will happily add her to my list of authors I would read more of.

Won Copy From Author In Launch Party Event.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dii on March 29, 2013 :
Talk about an intense, in-your-face, emotionally charged read! By My Side by Stephanie Witter is that and more! Lily’s world is coming down all around her and her super prickly, sarcastic façade is slipping. Her parents have divorced, her mother is drinking herself do death, her father has completely distanced himself, her best friend has suddenly cut her off, so where can Lily find some comfort and a place to feel safe? Why not with the lifelong pain-in-the-neck, evil brother of her best friend? Makes. Total. Sense. Okay, maybe not, but that’s what happens when Gabe comes home from college for the summer, sadder, quieter, more mature and most definitely attracted to Lily. Lily even trusts the ‘new’ Gabe with her private art, which for Lily is like letting someone read her diary, because this has always been how she pours her feelings out.
Still, Lily misses Andy, her best friend. Their relationship has fallen completely to ruins, and jealousy is the reason. Somewhere along the way, Andy’s feeling for Lily have changed and to him, once again, Gabe comes out on top. Can she bring the brothers back together without losing them both? After all, she needs them each in a different way. Then, just when there is some good in her life, once again, she is beaten down when she wakes up to a real life nightmare that she couldn’t prevent. How much more can Lily take? What about when Gabe goes back to college? Will he still want her? Will he even remember her? Lily’s own insecurities could cost her Gabe, but maybe she needs to heal herself before she can be any good for anyone.
This is an emotional roller coaster, a real three hankie read for me. Stephanie Witter has colored a world full of the realities of pain, love, loss and gain in a beautiful coming of age young adult romance that I can’t praise enough!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Dii on March 29, 2013 :
Read from March 25 to 26, 2013 — I own a copy

Talk about an intense, in-your-face, emotionally charged read! By My Side by Stephanie Witter is that and more! Lily’s world is coming down all around her and her super prickly, sarcastic façade is slipping. Her parents have divorced, her mother is drinking herself do death, her father has completely distanced himself, her best friend has suddenly cut her off, so where can Lily find some comfort and a place to feel safe? Why not with the lifelong pain-in-the-neck, evil brother of her best friend? Makes. Total. Sense. Okay, maybe not, but that’s what happens when Gabe comes home from college for the summer, sadder, quieter, more mature and most definitely attracted to Lily. Lily even trusts the ‘new’ Gabe with her private art, which for Lily is like letting someone read her diary, because this has always been how she pours her feelings out.
Still, Lily misses Andy, her best friend. Their relationship has fallen completely to ruins, and jealousy is the reason. Somewhere along the way, Andy’s feeling for Lily have changed and to him, once again, Gabe comes out on top. Can she bring the brothers back together without losing them both? After all, she needs them each in a different way. Then, just when there is some good in her life, once again, she is beaten down when she wakes up to a real life nightmare that she couldn’t prevent. How much more can Lily take? What about when Gabe goes back to college? Will he still want her? Will he even remember her? Lily’s own insecurities could cost her Gabe, but maybe she needs to heal herself before she can be any good for anyone.
This is an emotional roller coaster, a real three hankie read for me. Stephanie Witter has colored a world full of the realities of pain, love, loss and gain in a beautiful coming of age young adult romance that I can’t praise enough!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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