Tuesday, March 4, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: On the Fence by Kasie West

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.
~Goodreads

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Hardcover 

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! 
Buy Hardcover | $9.99

GIVEAWAY: 
ENTER TO WIN AN ARC OF ON THE FENCE
-Winner has 48 hours to respond
-U.S. only
-13 years or older to enter
Happy reading!
Amanda, age 18

50 comments:

  1. My favorite contemporary author is definitely the brilliant Stephanie Perkins!
    I've read Pivot Point and enjoyed it, currently reading Split Second and am LOVING it. <3
    Thanks for the giveaway! :D<3

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    1. Oh yes, I couldn't agree more! SO excited for Isla and the Happily Ever After!!!

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  2. I've read all of Kasie's books, and LOVED them. Pivot Point was definitely my favorite. I'm so excited for On the Fence! Thanks for the giveaway! *crosses fingers*

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    1. I still need to read Pivot Point and Split Second! Definitely on my TBR!

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  3. My favorites just so happen to be The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point & Split Second. So you can imagine I am excited to read On the Fence. I love anything Kasie writes. Thank you for giving me a chance to win it.

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    1. I think she's one of Amanda's favorite contemp authors as well...she's read all of her contemps so far!

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  4. My favorite contemporary author is Katie McGarry. I loved Pivot Point and Split Second, such great Scifi reads!

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    1. Is this the author of Pushing the Limits? I need to read this!!

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  5. I've been meaning to read her books and this one looks like the perfect one.

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    1. Amanda definitely loved it! Hope you do too!

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  6. My favorite contemporary author is Kasie West, and I have read ALL of her books so far! She is a stellar author and one of the nicest authors to meet and hang out with. I'm looking forward to On the Fence with great anticipation!

    Excellent review, and thank you for the giveaway! :)

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    1. Absolutely! Good luck! And yes I haven't met in her in person but she seems SO nice online. She once did one of my dares on Friday the Thirteeners where she had to put herself through something she put one her characters through...hilarious!

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  7. Contemporary is my favorite genre so I have WAY too many favorites. But I absolutely love Katie McGarry's books. Pushing the Limits, Dare You To, Crash Into You,... <3 And I read Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us - two of my all-time favorites! I haven't gotten to Split Second yet, unfortunately. :( I'm really REALLY looking forward to that and On the Fence!! :D

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    1. I really need to read Katie McGarry and Pivot Point/Split Second...i'm embarrassed that I haven't yet!

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  8. My favorite contemporary author is probably Rainbow Rowell. As for Kasie West, I've only read Pivot Point from her, but I absolutely loved it, and need need need to get my hands on the rest of her books.

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    1. Amanda has read Rainbow Rowell but i have not yet...need to get on that! And she's already coming out with a new one, ah!

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  9. love love love all of kasie west's books!!! Thank you for the giveaway chance!!!

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  10. Kasie is my favorite contemporary author and I love all of her books!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. She's quite impressive with all the books she's published, and just in a few years!

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  11. I LOVE KASIE WEST! The Distance Between Us was such a good book :-)

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  12. I love Jennifer Echols! I have read Kasie's The Distance Between Us, and I loved it. Can't wait to get On the Fence!

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    1. I have only read one Jennifer Echols books, Such a Rush, but I LOVED it. One of my favorite contemps. :)

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  13. I love Stephanie Perkins for just plain awesome contemp. Also, love Kasie West, have read Pivot Point, Split Second, and The Distance Between Us. <3

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    1. Amanda really loved The Distance Between Us and I LOVE Stephanie Perkin's novels...we are all in agreement! :)

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  14. I really love Katie McGarry's work, as well as Kasie West! I absolutely adored The Distance Between Us. <3

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    1. I need to read Katie McGarry for sure! She's on my list!

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  15. I love Kasie West! She's one of my new auto-buy authors. Stephanie Perkins is another favorite.

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    1. Stephanie Perkins is my absolute favorite! Agreed!

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  16. I think my favorite contemporary is Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens! I have only read one Kasie West book, Pivot Point, but I really enjoyed it and would love to experience more Kasie West feels!

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  17. I adore Katie McGarry!! One of my absolute favorite contemporary authors! I read Kasie West's pivot point and LOVED, it was one of my faves from 2013!!!

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    1. I love how everyone here is in agreement with the same three authors. So cool! I'll need to read Katie's books soon.

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  18. Love Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins. Haven't read any Kasie West yet, although i hope to change that soon!

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    1. Maybe this week will be your week! Good luck! :)

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  19. I absolutely adore Stephanie Perkins!!! Cannot wait to read Isla.
    I have read Kasie and love her stuff!!!

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    1. SAME HERE. I have been holding my breath for ISLA. SO EXCITED.

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  20. there are so many I love and I can't pick just one!!!! I've read Pivot Point and Split Second and they are AMAZING, I really need to read this one :)

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    1. Yes it'll be cool to see how they compare to her contemps!

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  21. I've read The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point and Split Second and loved every one of them! Kasie is definitely an auto buy author for me :)

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  22. I love all of Kasie West's books. She is one of my absolute favorite authors and on my automatic buy list.

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    1. She has definitely risen to the top in only a couple short years! It's amazing!

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  23. Love Kasie West! Especially Pivot Point and I checked out Split Second from the library so I have that to look forward to.

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  24. Definitely Katie McGarry! I love her books. :)

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  25. I've read and loved all of Kasie West's books so far and I can't wait for On the Fence!! One of my other favorite contemporary authors is Katie McGarry. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Kasie West knows how to hook you, doesn't she! I've read all of her books...in love.

    Also, Lauren Morrill is a great contemporary author. Meant To Be and Being Sloane Jacobs are too cute!

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