I received this book for free from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.On the Fence by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
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.
Oh my gosh, you guys. Kasie West does it again. Let it be known right know that she is my author soul mate – I absolutely love every single book she’s put out so far. On the Fence is the perfect fluffy summer romance that will lift your mood and put a smile on your face.
Where Kasie West seriously excels is in her character creation. It is just absolutely excellent. First of all, there’s Charlie – our main character. I wasn’t sure how I felt about her at the start, but she grew on me so much throughout the book. I could really relate to her in the sense that I can also be somewhat of a tomboy. I giggled over how little she knew of girly stuff, because that’s just how I am. I am much more a guy’s girl, always uninterested and oblivious to girly things, having to remind myself of how to act around girls. Her naivete about all this stuff and her own feelings just had me giggling. It was all of the adorbs.
But I also seriously loved the family here. Charlie’s brothers are absolutely hilarious. Each of them has a distinct personality, and I loved seeing them all interact. I just loved the dynamic: how they’re constantly teasing each other and pushing each other around, but also know how to be there as support when one of the others needs it. Charlie’s relationship with her father was also extremely heartfelt and endearing. The poor guy has such a hard time being there for her, but he really tries. The end took a turn that was a bit darker than I anticipated, what with Charlie’s grief over her mother, but it really brought a wonderful message about family. I may have had a tear in my eye. Just maybe. It got to me emotionally and was handled excellently. I just loved it – how this family can be absolutely hilarious and really heartfelt and touching.
But of course, there’s one other member of the family – sort of – and that’s Braden. Braden is a total swoony guy to me. He can be absolutely hilarious, but he’s also so caring. I love how he fits into the family and how well he gets along with the brothers (and of course with Charlie). I loved those moments where he shows how protective he is of Charlie – and when the brothers show it too. It’s just so adorable.
And oh my gosh guys. This romance. It’s the best friend romance I always wanted. Seriously. It was so perfect. I was just sitting there, grinning the whole time, desperate for it to happen. They’re so comfortable together, and they have the cutest bantery moments. They have the best dynamic ever, teasing each other relentlessly but also being able to be serious and honest when needed. They had me laughing out loud, and the ending was absolute perfection.