Genre: YA contemporary
Publication date: July 1st, 2014
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 was so sweet! I went into with the intention to only read part of it that day because I had plans to buddy read another book. Well, I started reading. Then I kept reading. Whenever I thought it was time to stop for the day, I just thought, "one more chapter." Eventually, I ran out of chapters to read. This book just pulled me into it and didn't let go until I reached its end. Any book that can do that is a great one for me.
One of my favorite parts was the family dynamics. I loved watching how Charlie interacted with her brothers and her dad. They were such a good family--a very strong one.
I loved watching Charlie grow. She tried new things and learned a lot about herself. It got rough many times, but she pulled through. She may have felt weak in many moments, but she was always a strong character.
I loved the romance! It was a long time before anything actually happened between the two characters, but feelings were definitely there. The two had a great connection from the very beginning.
I loved the fence chats. They were this contemporary's own little unique twist--the book's inside joke, in a way.
I loved how this novel was light, but had a tinge of sadness. Kasie West dealt with the sadness so well.
I loved the focuses and themes. Friendship. Family. Staying true to oneself. I particularly liked how Charlie's story demonstrated that being interested in sports or wearing little to no makeup doesn't mean you're a less attractive girl.
Overall, On the Fence was an enjoyable read! It was a sweet contemporary romance that fans of the genre would love reading.
Have you read any of Kasie West's books?
What was the last great contemporary romance you read?