on the fence by kasie west
overall rating: 4.25
genre: YA, contemporary, romance
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.
i’m a little sad that i don’t have any more kasie west books to read. on the fence was the last of her books on my list, and i was not disappointed at all. i know that i can pick up any of her books whenever i want something quick and easy, and she is officially one of my favorite authors now!
okay, so i loved the characters in on the fence! charlie is yet another very realistic character that i could relate to in some ways, and her brothers are all really interesting. i wish that we could have seen more of their personalities, since they don’t show up TOO much in the story. i really liked gage, but i wanted to see jerom and nathan more, especially since charlie is supposed to be really close to her brothers.
i also loved the interactions, especially the family aspect. charlie’s family is pretty complicated, although some things aren’t revealed until the end. the way they interact, however, feels very realistic, and it was nice reading about a happy family for once. the romance in this one is definitely more clichéd than some of kasie’s other books. the “boy next door” idea is overused, but i do like what kasie does with her characters. braden is one of my favorite characters in this book, and i loved his interactions with charlie, especially the fence chats.
the plot is also more predictable, except for one revelation i wasn’t expecting at all. even so, i sped through the book and loved every second of it; again, the pacing is great. this one is also a little emotional, but not heart-breaking. the writing, as with the fill-in boyfriend, could have been better, but it’s still enjoyable.
overall, on the fence does have some clichés, but it’s a super cute read!
have you read this? what did you think?