Tuesday, 3 April 2018

On the Fence by Kasie West

Publication:July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen

Goodreads Description:
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.

My thoughts:
I absolutely loved On the Fence. This was my first Kasie West book and I am so excited to delve more into this authors works! On the Fence was so much fun I didn't want to stop reading it, I was addicted from the first page! I read it in two sittings and I know if I had started it a bit earlier in the day I would have read it in one. Don't pick this up unless you have the time to read it in one sitting because trust me you will not want to put the book down. It is great!

I loved the main character Charile. I found it so easy to connect to her as we have similar personalities. She is me in so many ways but so not me on others and I really liked that; that she wasn't 100% like me. I really admired her courage to do what she wanted and it was so interesting watching her trying to balance her more tomboy side with her more girly side and the internal struggle that comes with that.

Braden was cool but nothing out of the ordinary for a YA contemporary love interest. I think there was a missed opportunity to develop his story more. His family life is hinted at but I think it could have been explored more.

The romance was cute. The best friends to lover trope is what I live for in books like these, it is just such a fun trope ( I mean Percabeth is my OTP and they are the epitome of best friends to lovers trope in MG/YA) I knew going in I was going to enjoy the romance and I wasn't disappointed. It wasn't OTP material but the tension was there and it was very enjoyable to read. It was well paced and while it had it's cliche moments it was good.

I loved the family element but felt that Charlie's brothers weren't very fleshed out, they were pretty flat and I wanted more from them. The same with her dad. Their relationship is touched on but I wanted more.

The ending was a bit quick but it is under 300 pages so what was I expecting really?

Overall I had such a fun time reading this quick read and definitely recommend it if you are looking for something cute to pick up this summer! I am excited to pick up more of Kasie West's books over the coming summer!

Thanks for reading,
A :)

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