Posted on Jul 1st, 2014 by audra
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Book Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss

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.

On the Fence by Kasie West was a quick, darling read for me just like her previous books were for me as well. Charlie has been surrounded by a family of men ever since her mother passed away when she was younger. This has lead Charlie into a bit of a tomboy lifestyle where she is left to her own devices a bit to figure out the world of womanhood. Makeup, girly clothes and boy talk is completely foreign to her until she is forced by her cop dad to get a job to help pay off her speeding tickets and her car insurance.

Filled with clichés, Charlie has to navigate the teenage experience- getting her first job, going on her first date, all while leading a bit of a double life. So yes, parts of On the Fence were a bit of cheesy and are reminiscent of a romance novel. Do I care? Not a single bit. I read this book in a single afternoon, I couldn’t devour the words on the pages quick enough.

Charlie has an incredibly strong voice and I love how well written she is. The guys aren’t half bad either and I really love the interactions between all the characters. Seeing how Charlie handles quite difficult situations was empowering and inspirational. For this reason, I could easily overlook some of the formulaic clichés hidden throughout the book and had an enjoyable reading experience with On the Fence.

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