ARC Book Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted March 17, 2014 by Debby in Book Reviews

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.

ARC Book Review: On the Fence by Kasie WestOn the Fence by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
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.

5 Stars

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.

Summing Up:

This is everything I want in a contemporary romance, and I’m so excited I finally have a solid and awesome best friend romance book. I just know that this is one of those books I’m going to be rereading a lot, because I know that every time it will put a humongous smile on my face. Kasie West’s books are perfection to me. I’ve read all four of them, and all of them have gotten 5 oranges. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She delivers the fluff and the INTENSE feels every single time.

GIF it to me straight!


Recommended To:

Fans of Meant to Be, The Distance Between Us, Ask Again Later, and other fluffy good-time romances.

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11 responses to “ARC Book Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

  1. Kasie West definitely did it again! I loved this one so much! Awkward because I don’t remember his name but my favourite character was Charlie’s best friend’s brother? Haha, I should really remember but I love how many twists and turns took part for his character. Awesome review as always!

  2. This book. I need to read this book. It looks so cute and adorable and I haven’t read any of Kasie West’s books, but I have heard a lot of good things and i kind of want to read them. Thanks for this nice review! I’m excited to read about the romance!

  3. I need to get my hands on this book, it’s so unfair! I’m so glad you loved it, I read The Distance Between us and fell in love with her characters and her writing, so it looks as though I’m going to need to get this one as soon as possible! Fantastic review! 😀

  4. <3!! 😀

    Can this be out sooner than July?! How dare you tease us with West's brilliance and the perfect best friend romance!

    *stalks off to figure out how to bide time until July*

  5. I love Kasie West and this sounds like my kind of book. Banter, best friend romance, fluffy summer read…love all that. After reading your review, I requested it again from Edelweiss (I got rejected the first time) so we’ll see. Maybe I’ll bug them so much that they’ll let me read it just to get rid of me. 🙂 Great review, glad you loved it!

  6. I’ve not read a Kasie West book yet, but it looks like I should since you love her so and I trust your taste! On the Fence sounds delightful, especially because it’s a best friends-turned-romance story. I can’t wait!

  7. How tempting to go to Edelweiss now to get myself a copy.. Especially since it’s not that busy in June *eyes ARC spreadsheet* The family dynamic sounds great. I really like books where there are brothers/sisters incorporated in the storyline and the romance sounds adorable! A best-friends-turning-into-relationship-romance is sweet 🙂

  8. I really enjoyed Pivot Point, but it’s still the only West book I’ve read so far. Clearly I need to fix that! I’m not usually interested in reading fluffier, summery contemps outside of being on vacation during the summer, but I will definitely keep this in mind for that sort of occasion.