About the book:
Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.
To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. 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.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Kasie West, oh Kasie West. You’re honestly starting to become an auto-read author for me. With your unique plots and adorable romances, I can never go wrong when picking up one of your books. Especially On the Fence.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Distance Between Us and The Fill-in Boyfriend, and now, I think this book has just become my favourite of Kasie West’s. It was just too good.
To briefly synopsize, this book centres around Charlie, who has lived without a mother for most of her life- she passed away when she was 6, so she has had to make do with her three brothers and father. That does bring along good things, such as being amazing at sports and being quite the competitor. But when she is hired to work at a girly boutique, she knows almost nothing about hair and makeup, so she has to be trained, and there, she meets a new boy who makes her swoon. Braden, her neighbour and best friend, is the one she turns to to talk over the fence with about all of her fears and worries. But pretty soon she realizes that she’s also in love with him…
Though she often complained about her mom’s death that happened so long ago, I found that Charlie was still a great character. Living under the influence of all boys, it’s pretty easy to pick up their traits and completely overlook those of girls, so I think that in this book, she developed quite a lot in that area. I also completely understand how such a traumatic death like Charlie’s mom’s could impact loved ones so much, and even though I do think she went a bit overboard with the grief (I mean, come on! She was six when it happened, and now she’s what? Seventeen?), I do totally understand and value where she’s coming from.
Braden was also a cool character, and I enjoyed his sense of humour and wit. He was definitely a great person for Charlie to vent to when needed, as he was loyal and always had his ears open to listen.
At the beginning, this book was kind of slow, but as Charlie started working in the boutique and meeting a bunch of new people, that was when the plot started picking up. I have to say, it was unputdownable after that☺️.
All in all, from the three Kasie West books I’ve laid my hands on so far, I think that this was her strongest, not that I’ve read all of hers☺️. I’d recommend On the Fence to anyone looking for a fluffy romance story with great characters a pretty cool plot, and simple, easy-to-read writing. Don’t be on the fence about reading this book- I know you’ll devour it.💞
Rating: 4.25/5 Stars