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.
On the Fence by Kasie West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I will forever read anything that Kasie West writes. For. Ever.
So basically if there were such a thing as sprit animals for readers… Kasie West would be my spirit animal in author form. My initial reaction upon reading this book was that I would read anything and everything that Kasie West writes. Let me maybe put this in terms that Charlie might get…
She’s hit a homerun.
She’s scored a touchdown.
She hit a three-pointer.
She’s scored a goal.
She got a hole in one.
Is that enough?
I mention Charlie above, but maybe I should let you know a bit about her. Her real name is Charlotte Reynolds, and she is a tomboy through and through. And I love her. She is no holds barred when she’s competing and she doesn’t care who she’s playing against… it could be friends, it could be her brothers and it could be the boy next door…Braden.
A speeding ticket gets Charlie in trouble at home and she’s forced to get a job at a boutique, something she certainly isn’t at all prepared for… but she finds she connects with the owner and a certain girl who mans the store on the same block. (OMG the cameos were total WIN)
Living in a house filled with guys isn’t all fun though… Charlie finds herself dealing with things that 3 brothers and a father can’t really help her with, and on top of all that, she finds herself falling for that boy next door. Late night chats aren’t helping the matter and then there is the matter of something in her past that she finally learns the truth about.
I loved being in Charlie’s head for this story… West has a way of creating these incredibly likable characters that pull you into the story and just won’t let you go. I suppose it helps that I could identify with Charlie… her relationship with her brothers and Braden were so well done and can we just talk a minute about how much I love Gage. He’s the best brother and I’m so hoping that West decides to give us a book with his story.
Like The Distance Between Us, On The Fence gives us a story that centers around family and strong, fun, relatable characters. If you’re looking for a charming and sweet, friends to more romance with plenty of laughter and smiles mixed with a tiny bit of drama this is the book for you.
Kasie West is a shining star in the world of YA Contemporary and if you haven’t read her books yet… we can’t be friends. I’m kidding… kind of.
Definitely a must read this summer!
Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for the advance copy in exchange for my honest thoughts!
(p.s. Thank you to my favorite book_junkee for loaning me her copy too!)