Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Published: July 1st, 2014
Source: Edelweiss E-Galley
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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.
I loved Kasie’s West, Pivot Point duology and I was so excited to read this one. I had heard great things about her other YA romance The Distance between Us. I am so happy to say that West did not disappoint me one bit. It was the perfect romance, everything that I expected it to be, the perfect mix of romance and contemporary. West has an amazing way of creating female main characters that I can’t help but love and find endearing. At times when reading YA, female main characters can be annoying or whiny because sometimes that is what teenage girls are but, in On the Fence Charlie was amazing. Another fun fact about the title is that if makes so much sense once you read the book and I loved that.
Charlie Reynolds is the ultimate tom boy, she has grown up in a house with four brothers, and her dad. She has always loved sports and has definitely became just one of the guys. But, when she gets her third speeding ticket and her dad makes her get a job it is the beginning of a whole new world for her. Her whole life Charlie has grown up next door to Braden, who she has always thought of as another brother because he is always at her house. Through finding out what it means to be a girl and boys. Charlie realizes she doesn’t think of Braden as just another guy.
It was so much fun watching Charlie wade through learning how to interact with girls and to essentially be a girl. She was so worried about her brother’s seeing her in girly clothes and make up, but when they did see her they were so surprised. Her brother’s really loved her and were so protective of her. I loved getting to see the family dynamic between her and her brothers. Playing and watching sports is something that she really loves. She was just as good as the boys were and sometimes even better.
Braden was adorable, you could tell from the moment that you met him that he loved Charlie. He tried to hide it but, to anyone on the outside it was completely obvious. They of course both at feelings for each other but, tried to hide it and so did he. But, I still loved getting to see them slowly come to the realization of their feelings for each other.
Overall, On the Fence was completely adorable. I read it in one day and found myself tearing up and feeling emotional by the end. It was the perfect mix of everything you expect out of a romance and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loved romance and even to people who don’t. It was so perfect!