Published by Harper Collins on 2014-07-01
Genres: Young Adult
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. 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.On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.
I’m just going to start this review by telling you that I LOVE Kasie West! Seriously, if you haven’t read something by her, go do it now! I started with Pivot Point and then moved on to her contemporaries, and I’ve loved them all! On the Fence was one of the first purchases I made when I got my birthday gift cards, and I started reading it the day it came in and couldn’t put it down!
On the Fence was a fun contemporary. I really liked Charlie. Her interactions with her brothers and pseudo-brother/neighbor Braden were really fun to read, though it also made me glad that I didn’t have any older brothers! lol Also, seeing her try to navigate new friendships with girls was also great. And her Fence Chats with Braden were really sweet. Also, if you’ve read The Distance Between Us, a couple of the characters make cameos, and that’s always fun!
There was also a deeper story line tied in with the rest, surrounding Charlie’s nightmares and her mom’s death. Sometimes I’d forget about it, but it would come back, and it ended up being more important than I expected, but I loved it. It gave this contemporary a little more depth, which always makes me happy!
The ending was perfect, and it made me really happy. I am definitely a Kasie West fan and hope she writes many more contemporaries!
Kacie West is definitely on my “must read” list now! I first fell in love with her when DeAnna and I read The Distance Between Us in early July. I have to admit when DeAnna suggested we both read On The Fence I was nervous. I loved the other book so much that I was really nervous that this one wouldn’t live up to my expectations. (Good news – it did!)
This book contains a few things that I absolutely love in any book! A strong female lead (Charlie was awesome, and everything I like to think I was as teen. I was a total tom-boy, and had – have? – no clue what girls actually like!) who falls for her brothers best friend (again – my favorite romance cliche! Falling for your brothers best friend/best friends brother is just the best!! Maybe because I had a huge crush on my best friends brother? LOL! )
But amidst this super sweet, super cute romance? There is so much more. Charlie has nightmares (about her moms death), and she doesn’t feel like she can talk to her Dad and brothers about them. (Because what girl could?) There is so much about this story that’s so real, so honest and so refreshing.
I really loved On The Fence, and I can’t wait to read more by Kasie West! (Since this one is a companion to The Distance Between Us, I can’t help but hope we’ll get more glimpses into this same world! )