Thursday, October 30, 2014

On The Fence by Kasie West Review

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.

Published July 2014. Stand alone. Check it out on goodreads!
4 stars

I've enjoyed a lot of Kasie West's other books and this one was no different. It was a unique story, even if the baseline of the plot sounds familiar. I really liked Charlie. I liked her personality and I even identified with some of her doubts and insecurities. I liked her relationship with her dad and brothers and with Braden too, even if it changes throughout the book. Charlie's character goes through a lot of changes through the book and it's interesting how she deals with them, funny in some cases, more serious in others. In fact, the book had a deeper twist towards the end than I had expected.

This was a fun, sweet book and digs through all of the emotions that can come of being the only girl among a house full of boys. Is it all right to wear makeup? Would boys ever think of you as more than just a "pal"? These are all things that she has to go through as she begins to have girls as friends and expand her horizons a little. The romance was cute and tentative and I enjoyed it.

Overall, I thought this was a lovely book and it was one I enjoyed reading. Although I'm very different from Charlie a lot of what she was going through I was able to relate with, every girl has her insecurities, and I liked the way the author handled things. The writing was good, the plot was surprising (even if for the most part it was a calm plot) and it was a great book :)

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