Book: On The Fence by Kasie West
Date Published: July 1st, 2014
Date Started: July 22nd, 2014
Date Finished: July 23rd, 2014
Other Books Read: The Fill-In Boyfriend, The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point, Split Second
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.
I am a huge fan of Kasie West now. I really loved Pivot Point and Split Second. I was a bit nervous to try out her contemporary novels, but I’m glad I did.
On The Fence is a about a girl named Charlie who has been raised by her father who is a cop and her four older brothers. She’s never been girly, and she’d rather be on the filed tearing it up than on the sidelines. But one day, after getting a massive speeding ticket, her father makes her get a job to pay for the ticket. She gets a job at a little clothing boutique, the furthest thing away from her dream job. Things in Charlie’s life start changing, and so she starts talking to her neighbor Braden, who has always been like a brother to her. But the problem is, what if he’s not like a brother? What if hes becoming more than just a friend?
I liked this read because it was a nice quick read, perfect for reading outside in the summer while my dog plays in the grass. There were some heavy themes in this book, but they were dealt with in a light way, which I felt kind of took away from the seriousness of some of the plots. There was also a point in which I felt one of the issues was left unresolved, and it felt kind of unfair, at least for the characters. But that aside, the quick light read was what I needed in my life right now.
As for the characters, I loved them. When it came to Charlie, I felt like I could relate to her. I think theres always this point in life, as a girl, where you struggle with what kind of girl you want to be, who you want to be. I’ve always walked this line where I can be girly, dress up, makeup, all that. But I also like walking around in basketball shorts and a tank with my hair tossed up messily. I definitely like being the latter, but sometimes its nice to dress up. Did I mention I love hoodies? Oh they are the best thing ever. Anyways, I liked Charlie’s character for this reason. She struggled with trying to be girly or the more athletic type. It was nice that she found a happy medium between the two, like I have.
As for her brothers, who wouldn’t want brothers like that? They were fun, always doing bets and dares, and were protective of their little sister, but still let her be one of the guys. Makes me wish I had brothers like that.
The love story was complicated and messy, and falling for someone thats been in your life for a really long time can be messy like that. There were points in the story where I wanted to shake them both for being stupid, but I think that means its been a good story. I’m engaged, and I care for the characters and what happens to them. The story also made me swoon like a love sick girl. Sometimes you just need a little nonsensical romance to sweep you off your feet.
If you’re looking for a light, fun, summer read, this book is for you. Also check out Kasie West’s other books!