Published July 1, 2014 by HarperTeen
E-Copy from Edelweis with permission from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.
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.
This was the first book that I had read by Ms. West, even though her books have been all over you tube & blog websites for a while now. This one just caught my eye and made me feel like I really needed some contemporary in my life.
There were certain parts of Charlie that I adored:
1. The fact that she was “just one of the guys” and could beat them down.
2. The fact that if she wanted something, she went for it!
Then, on the other hand, there were certain parts of Charlie that I really didn’t like:
1. The fact that she felt that she had to hide her awesomeness to get a boyfriend.
2. The fact that at times, she had no filter and little compassion for other people’s feelings.
I can’t say that if Charlie were a real live person, that we would be friends but, I do understand to some point the reasons of why she did certain things.
This brings me to Braden. Now Braden was almost perfect! Adorable I tell you! He was sweet and kind but had no problem telling Charlie what he thought, even if it hurt her feelings!
I enjoyed the fact that these two had a long history together that had started when they were young. They were friends first, then fell in love. Their fence chats were beautiful and helped the reader learn a whole lot more about these characters.
I also have to mention Charlie’s brothers here! They were awesome and hilarious! I really loved all of them but if I had to choose a favorite, it would have to be……Gabe! He just seemed to always have Charlie’s back and they were really close.
I did enjoy my first Kasie West read and thought this book was a really cute contemporary. I will definitely be checking out more from this author!