Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Review : On The Fence by Kasie West

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 7/1/2014
Pages: 304
Source: ARC

The Story:
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 a 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.

My Review

On The Fence is the definition of summer read. So much so that I wishes I had read it during the
summer. But I suppose it worked out perfectly, since being reminded of warmer weather in 7 degree frozen tundra of NYC was a gift.

In On The Fence , we follow Charlie Reynolds as she navigates through a new world of discovering womanhood and falling in love for the first time. Charlie is fierce, independent and clueless about being a girl . . .  let alone  She feels more at home with the boys and in the thick of sports. 

Living with three older brothers and a single Dad doesn't make being a regular girl easy. Charlie grew up with roughhousing, gritty sports and "boyish" pranks being the norm. And she never questioned it until another speeding ticket and her father's punishment of her having to get a job makes her question it all. 

After Charlie begins working at a clothing store where she is forced to experiment with "girly" clothes and makeup, her eyes open up the world beyond being the Tomboy. To make things even more interesting a guy, who is so different than the athletic ones she is used to being around, wants to do more than be her teammate. Is love in the cards for Charlie and the new guy?

A new love interest isn't the only thing keeping up Charlie late at night though. Charlie's mother died in a car crash when she was younger but nightmares of her death keep Charlie awake at night. Insert another guy, the boy next door, and a shared fence line. Charlie and Braden have known each other since she was four years old. But he has been holding a secret about her past that her mind blocks out. What will his deception mean for their friendship?

On The Fence is a quick, light read, perfect for a lounging on the beach. 

*** Check out Kasie West's website for more information about her and On The Fence: HERE 

*My review on Goodreads  |  Amazon

Happy Reading!


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