Review: On The Fence – Kasie West

On the Fence
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.

Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

Review:

A 16yo girl with three overprotective brothers and the boy next door. There in itself, is a story that grabbed my interest. Not to mention the great cover. I do love YA covers. Cover designers create works of art.

Reading the story, I got to thinking about going for runs at the field. You see, Charlie’s a super athlete and she runs every evening, mostly to tire herself out completely so she won’t dream at night. And it made me yearn to run.

I loved running so much when I was in high school. There’s a sense of freedom when you’re running on a track. I never should have given it up. So I began to think about trying to wake up early in the morning to go for runs. Even if there’s gonna be people around.

Oh, I loved this story so much I didn’t wanna stop reading. My heart went out to Charlie for growing up without a mother and not being able to talk to her brothers and her father about her.

I wanted to hug her and make things better for her. Her emotional and family issues tug at the heartstrings. The changes she has to go through in her relationship with Braden as she dealt with those issues, with growing up—Kasie West did a great job of expressing them with excellent writing.

ON THE FENCE’s my favorite of Kasie West’s books so far and definitely a must-read for readers of YA.

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