On The Fence by Kasie West
Publication: July 1, 2014 by Harper Teen
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.
This book is extremely cute! On the Fence is a book that you pick up and read right through it with out putting it down. Honestly, I thought it was a quick, easy, and fun summer read. Throughout the novel you get to see the fun family dynamic and Charlie evolving into a character that you will adore and maybe even some romance.
“We can’t let boys define how we feel about ourselves. You have to know who you are before you should let any boy worth anything in.”
I loved the plot of the story and when I say loved, I mean it, I LOVED it. The message of this book is something that I adore, “Don’t be afraid to love yourself for who you are” and “don’t let anyone change you“. Kasie West did a wonderful job portraying this throughout the novel. The story-line was clichéd, I mean seriously though, she falls in love with her neighbor who she has known since she was a child… and realistic, the relationship that the protagonist has with her three brothers and her father seems like it can happen in reality.
I’m going to be really honest and say that the characters were likable and unlikable. Charlie, the protagonist is a tomboy. She’s not your typical female teenager who puts on make-up, goes shopping, goes to the mall, etc. Instead she loves to watch baseball and soccer games, play football and basically things most guys would love to do. Overall, she was a okay character.
“Sometimes we expect more that people are capable of giving at the moment”
Okay, so next I’m going to talk about the three brothers. These three brothers are basically what you would want to have as your siblings if you’re the only girl in the family. They’re fun and funny and caring.
If you’re going to have a neighbor, wish for a Braden because i’m 100% sure you’re going to fall in love with him. Braden is a character that you’re going to either love or hate and I particularly loved him. He’s the typical boy that you would want in your life. Unlike most of the boys at
high school, he’s caring, protective, and good-looking (even though I don’t really exactly know what he looks like).
Braden + Charlie = ❤
I couldn’t see Charlie with the other guy and let’s be honest we all saw this one coming.
On The Fence has a cover that I dislike. Why? well, because the girl is wearing a dress! In the book it clearly says that Charlie (who i’m guessing is the girl in the cover) is a tomboy, should’ve went with the theme. I would’ve loved it more.
I thought it was a cute and fun book. It’s a typical YA contemporary, but it’s not bad. I liked this book and would totally recommend it to anyone who loves contemporaries!
Rate: (4 Stars)
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