Jul 13, 2015

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 296


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 read The Distance Between Us by Kasie West about a year ago, so I've wanted to read this book by her ever since. And this book did not disappoint. It was a quick summer read that I really enjoyed.

The relationship between Braden and Charlie started off as the sibling type, but as the book progresses you get to see how much closer they get. Also, because they've known each other their entire lives it make the romance aspect of the book much more realistic. So, while it may still be a little cliché, there were definitely some twists in the books that made you question where the author was going with the plot.

Since this was a quick read the plot went by fairly quickly, but I think that added to fun of the read. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a message to be told. The family aspect of the book was nice although I wouldn't say it made me sad or feel for the characters in any way. But it sent a good message and kept the plot moving so I was okay with it.

Overall, I thought the book was a quick and light summer read that I would definitely recommend. But, if you don't enjoy cliché stories I wouldn't run quick to grab this story. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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