Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
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, On the Fence 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!~
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