ARC Book Review | On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 3:30 AM

Format: E-ARC
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars


She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.



My Thoughts:

 
Kasie West is a freaking genius, I know that I’ve said it before in other reviews and I’m sure that I’ll say it many more times in the future because it’s absolutely 100% true. This is my fourth book by West and I have fell in love with every one of her stories. She knows exactly how to catch a reader’s attention and hold on to it during the entire book.

Charlie is used to being one of the guys, she has been hanging out and playing sports with her three older brothers and her neighbor Braden for as long as she can remember and she loves it. She doesn’t pretend to be someone that she isn’t, she’s just Charlie. But when Charlie’s dad makes her get a job to pay for a speeding ticket she thinks that this will ruin her summer. But, as it turns out it’s just what she needs to realize that there may be more to her than just a tomboy.

Charlie has always thought of Braden as part of her family and she never really considered him to be anything else, until they start hanging out at the fence that separates their houses in the middle of the night. Braden trying to get away from his father and Charlie trying to drown out the nightmares that plague her. Their ‘fence life’ is the turning point in their relationship, it makes them realize how much they really know about each other and it’s the beginning of something that Charlie never expected.

Not only did I like Charlie, but I loved the supporting characters as well. Charlie’s brothers were extremely lovable. And Braden, he was so sweet and it’s easy to see why Charlie fell for him so fast. Although their relationship went from hot to cold and everything in between, it was easy to see how much they cared for one another.

Overall, On the Fence is another wonderful contemporary by the amazing Kasie West and if you’ve never read her work, trust me when I say this, you’re missing out and you should definitely give this amazing author a try. 
 
 
 

----Christy  

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