Author: Kasie West
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can out-run, out-score, and outwit every boy she knows--including her long-time 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 a chi-chi 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 pick-up 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.
Ahhh my dark heart has been set a-flutter! Kasie West has a knack for doing that to me with her writing. I’ve loved every book of hers so far, and On the Fence topped them all! I was left grinning like a fool and wanting to immediately read it all over again.
I love Charlie! She’s a 5’11” tomboy, who plays and watches sports right along the guys. Tall girls unite! The girl isn’t only smart and funny, she was confident and had healthy self-esteem. Even when she started to do stuff outside of her comfort zone and questioned things about herself, she still had a confidence about her. I enjoyed her personality and sense of humor so much. I can’t image anyone not liking Charlie. They suck if they do!
Oh, boy! Charlie was raised by her police officer dad and has three older brothers – Gage, Jerom, Nathan. They treat her as if she is another brother, even when it comes to roughhousing. I have two uncles who took no pity on me as I grew up, so I learned quickly that I had to keep up or get left behind. And you know what? I loved it. So I have a special place in my heart for this type of dynamic. The boys were so funny, especially Gage. The guy is a total flirt! Their antics and ‘never date a guy …’ rules for Charlie were too much fun!
That brings me to Braden. Who wouldn’t want their own Braden while growing up? He may live next door, but he practically grew up in Charlie’s home and is considered one of the family. Charlie and Braden’s relationship was so dang cute! I’m not going to get into details into what transpired, but I will say this: best friend romances rock!
This may be a romance, but it doesn’t just focus on Charlie swooning over a guy. Not at all. There is a lot more going on with Charlie and her life, and I loved every moment of it. Also, I got way too excited when I discovered this is set in the same world as The Distance Between Us and certain characters popped up! It was an embarrassing fangirl moment I had all alone.
I said it before and I’ll say again, I loved On the Fence! This is a book I will be forcing people to read by any means necessary. They’ll thank me for it later! So you have been warned. 😉
Note to Kasie: High five for the Woodward Park mention!