On the Fence
By Kasie West
Summary: 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.
Source: I purchased a paperback
I love Kasie West books and her contemporary novel are perfect on a warm summer night. I knew I would enjoy On the Fence. It was short, but completely entertaining and just what I needed after reading so many books in a row that were 3 stars or less.
Charlie was a tomboy with a ton of brothers. When she started working at a boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she realized dressing girly and wearing makeup wasn’t as hard as she thought and maybe she was tired of being treated like one of the guys. She went through this weird self identity stage where she felt like she was living two different lives, but starting to have feelings for a guy who had been hanging out with her and her brothers her whole life.
On the Fence was a quick and sweet contemporary romance that felt like a total pick me up. It wasn’t very long or detailed, but I felt like I got to know the character fairly well and I was engrossed in the book. I think Kasie West is a great author who just kind of sucks you in, even when it’s not necessarily the kind of story line you’d typically pick up.
I definitely recommend On the Fence for anyone looking for a fun, quick, and likable contemporary!