By: Melanie | May 26, 2014 | (25) Comments

Review: On The Fence by Kasie WestOn The Fence by Kasie West
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 320
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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,Β On the FenceΒ is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

It has been almost half a year since I picked up On The Fence and fell in love with it. During this span of time I have reread it 3 times; recommended this author to my friends multiple times and have thought about this book more than I’d like to admit. In my experience, no one has written better cute and fluffy reads than Kasie West. This woman knows exactly how to catch our hearts, pull the right strings and hits all the right notes. On The Fence was exactly that, and if not transcended my uber high expectations even more.

Charlotte (Charlie) is a tomboy. Ever since her mother died when she was six, Charlie has been the only female in her family. She’s got three older brothers and a father as well as a tight friendship with her next door neighbour, Braden. I absolutely loved Charlie and her tough and hard-centred core. She knows how to deal with boys and loves her sports. She’s never worn makeup in her life and plans to keep it that way. She doesn’t give a crap about what others think of her and she was an incredibly enjoyable protagonist to follow. I sometimes was shaken off course by her abrupt coldness–such as that time when one of her teammate’s grandmother died and Charlie wasn’t the slightest bit sincere–but we soon find out that there was something behind those types of actions.

The highlight of Kasie West’s latest is the relationships she created. I LOVED the relationship Charlie held with her brothers. They treat her as an equal and include her in everything. It was incredibly entertaining to watch them bicker and they’re always looking out for one and another. One of the best sibling relationships I’ve seen so far this year.

The romance in one word? OMFGIAMINLOVE (that is one word don’t you dare question it). Charlie and Braden’s romance is a slow burn one and I shipped them from page one. Braden is really close with Charlie’s family as Braden has quite a few problems with his family at home, it was really nice to see them as friends first then watch them realise their feelings for each other. Everything about their relationship was shippable. And the fence chats *sighs*

Personally, I would have liked to know more about Charlie’s time at her soccer camp. I understand that it wasn’t a huge focal point but I found the camp to be really interesting and I wanted to know more about it, especially since Charlie talked quite a number of times. Qualm aside, On The Fence kept a smile painted on my face the entire time. Definitely not one to miss, Kasie West once again offers a sweet romance, amazing sibling relationship and totally unforced humour.

~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~

4.5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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25 Responses to Review: On The Fence by Kasie West

  1. Kasie West is awesome! I love her books! Great review Melanie!
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  2. I adored Charlie’s relationship with her brothers, too. Made me wish my little brother and I were that close. >< Braden. I can't even begin to describe how much I loved him. <3 Awesome review, Mel!
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  3. I really liked how her brothers tried to protect her πŸ˜€ It was so cute to see what a loving relationship they had!
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  4. Jules says:

    I haven’t read this yet, but I did hear that it was great. Kasie West does seem like a great author. Pivot Point was amayzing πŸ˜€
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  5. You’ve reread it 3 times???! I MUST READ THIS BOOK. I’ve never read a Kasie West book, and I feel like I should remedy this asap. x) Sibling relationships, though?! I’m sooo in. I don’t read nearly enough books that have proper sibling relationships. It tends to skip it or gloss over it and it can be soooo awesome! XD So yup, you’ve definitely sold me on this one.
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  6. Short, quick, but completely honest review Mel, I love it! I really like Kasie West too and I find the novels by her that I’ve read have been fantastic and I seriously want this novel with my collection, so maybe soon, hopefully soon, definitely soon! I’m also a little bit in love with Braden already, whoops! Fantastic cute review though hunny! πŸ™‚
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  7. I really must get into this book again, I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet! I actually kind of love the sound of the slow burn relationship and the fence chats. Lovely review Mel, I’ll have to read it when looking for my next contemporary read.
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  8. I have a copy of this and and I will be reading it in June. I loved her contemp book last summer the name escapes me, but it had the dollstore. Anyway I am so happy that this has a wonderful romance. I can’t wait!
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  9. Jasprit says:

    I am so so happy that you ended up loving this one Melanie, as I all about the cute fluffy reads, but also books which incorporate sport into them somehow. I am even more excited about getting to my copy now after reading this review!
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  10. Eeeek! You loved it – yayy!!! I’m reading this next, so I only skimmed your review… but I’ll take 4.5 stars! Yahoo!! πŸ˜€ I’ll be back to read your review once I’ve read this one for myself. πŸ™‚
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  11. Seems like a good read. I didn’t enjoy Distance Between us so I’m still debating whether I should pick it up now. I got a copy from Harper too. Thanks for sharing! Lovely review <3
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  12. Melliane says:

    YAY! I’m so glad you had such a great time with this one, mainly after a few meh books. I heard a lot about this one and it sounds really interesting. I’m curious about it. thanks for the review.
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  13. Hershey says:

    Great review, Melanie!
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  14. I absolutely ADORED this book as well! Her brothers were my absolute favourite. I’m so glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚
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  15. Rashika says:

    So I read your review. Paused. Opened a new tab. Went on EW and grabbed a copy. I THINK ITS TIME I see what the hype surrounding Kasie West is all about! πŸ˜€ Quick question though, The Distance Between Us and On the Fence have nothing in common right??? (well character/world-wise)

    LOVELY Review, Mel!! πŸ˜€
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  16. You read it three times?! Okay honestly, that’s rather reasonable haha! I loved this book so much as well so I totally wouldn’t mind rereading it so many times. I’m really glad you loved it as well!
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  17. So happy to see this one being so well-loved by you, Melanie. Aimee loved it too and only had praising words to say about it in her own review. The romance sounds really nice, and something that would put some fluffy bunnies in your heart (if that makes sense… I’m picturing it right now and it’s hilarious). I really need to get to Kasie West, stat.
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  18. I have not read one person who has not loved this book. And you having such high standerds for high rated book, this gives me hope.
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