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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.
Kasie West is one of those authors for me that can do no wrong! I have loved absolutely everything that she’s had published so far. On The Fence isn’t my favourite read from her, but it’s still a damn good contemporary novel which I believe contemporary fans will gobble up like I did!
On The Fence centres around Charlie who is raised by her single dad and her three older brothers. Charlie is a total tomboy. She’s athletic and knows how to be one of the boys. Yet, when it comes to being a girl Charlie is clueless. Charlie gets a job in a girly shop to pay off a speeding ticket. She begins to experiment in the strange new world of fashion and make up and realises that she quite likes being a girl. She starts spending time with a guy that didn’t know the tomboyish Charlie. Charlie still talks to her honorary fourth brother Braden, over the fence each night as they both offload some troubles. Charlie realises her feelings are deepening for Braden. She’s fallen for him hard, but she’s not sure if she’s just one of the boys to him…
On the Fence is a perfect summer read. It’s light enough to read in an afternoon. There’s friendship, family, a little romance and some wonderful banter along the way. It definitely made me feel warm and fuzzy inside. It was just cute. I loved the sibling relationships between Charlie and her brothers. It was heart-warming and very realistic. It wasn’t a perfect family, it was a quite shattered family in fact and I loved that they worked through their issues as the story went on.
Kasie West writes truly adorable romances. I used to read a lot of romantic reads, but not so much anymore. However, I can really appreciate a good romance and Kasie West writes GREAT relationships. They never fail to make me smile. I have to say in On The Fence Charlie and Braden’s relationship was predictable, but it didn’t matter to me. It just felt believable and true to the characters.
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