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.
Number of Pages: 320
Reviewed by Amanda, age 18
I was blown away once again by Kasie West and her amazing ability to hook me with her stories within the first couple of chapters. I can always get a good feel of the main characters by the unique and humorous writing that West uses. Charlie and her brothers definitely made the story a funny read from their competitive nature, to their advice on who she shouldn’t date. Braden, her neighbor and love interest is a whole different story. He’s dreamy, funny, nice and has fantastic features to go along with those great characteristics. Just like Xavier in The Distance Between Us, Braden was so easy to love and had me rooting for him the whole book.
There was the usual dramatics of when the characters were both going to realize that they liked each other, but there was also a different twist to it. They had been friends for a long time, so watching those feelings bloom and how they both came to terms and battled miscommunications was interesting and kept me waiting to see what would happen next.
Something I thought was a fun part that West did was bring Skye, Cayman and a mention of Xavier into this story. Right when she mentioned the thrift-type store and said Skye’s name I instantly perked up thinking that it sounded so familiar. When she talked about a doll shop and Charlie actually talked to Cayman and Xander was mentioned, I was only slightly grinning like a madwoman (lies). I thought that was something fun and cool that West did to make you feel like her stories were connected in a small way like that. It was fun to see that glimpse of her other story and know what had happened in it. Like a little blast from the past.
Not only was it a funny, heart-warming story but there was also some mystery to it. There was a secret about Charlie’s mom that had you guessing about the true story of it until the end. The way that West wrapped up the book with finding out the truth about Charlie’s mom and having her and Braden get together definitely had me sighing in delight. When the smoke cleared and the mysteries and confusion were resolved, the book left me feeling very much satisfied with the way things turned out.
If you have been a fan of Kasie West’s other books, I think you’ll definitely like this one. West did an amazing job with the story and making me able to tell it was her style of book, without me feeling like I was reading the same story. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone look for a great contemporary, and a book that is so easy and fun to read.
This book hits shelves July of 2014!
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