Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: July 1st, 2014
Synopsis: 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.
Review: I was nervous to start this book, I have been in a bit of slump with contemporary romances lately but between this one and The Art of Lainey I am reminded why I like this genre and enjoy reading books in it. The lack of instalove and the great, complex, characters were the best parts of this book. This book was not just about a girl and boy meeting and falling in love, it was about sibling relationships, parent/child relationships, friendships, and a girl finding that she’s more than just a tomboy. I loved that West put all of those different types of relationships in her book, it is something that I find lacking in a lot of book and it is definitely something I enjoy reading.
I loved Charlie from the get go. She brought me back to my teen years and to when I was such a huge tomboy. Charlie is sixteen and like most sixteen year olds she thinks she has herself figured out, knows exactly who she is, and what she wants to do in life. On the Fence is not just a romance, like I mention above, and while that is important to Charlie’s story, it only enhanced the major plot of a girl trying to find herself and find out who she is. She also goes through a journey to figure out that emotions are not a weakness and being into sports doesn’t mean you cannot be girl and into fashion and clothes.
This was truly a great story, I was hooked from the beginning and found it hard to put down. I look forward to reading more of Kasie West’s books.
Recommendation: Buy it
I received an ARC of this book from Harper Teen on EW for an honest review.