Book Review: ‘On The Fence’ by Kasie West

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“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.”

Rose-Worthy Features

I actually enjoyed the characters in this book, surprised gasp. I feel like the for the past couple blog post I haven’t really liked the characters in books. Charlie was charming. She was nice (most of the time), she had a fun personality. Even though Charlie’s life seems well-made, Charlie has a problem expressing her emotions. At the end that comes and bites her in the butt.

Charlie’s brothers were hilarious, especially Gage. They were friendly, but also protective over their little sister. I loved reading scenes with them in it because the brothers always made me smile. 🙂

The story was engaging. I liked reading about Charlies ‘double life’. While she was at home, she’s this crazy tomboy, and at work, she’s this girly model. Charlie starts to do more of the girly activities and slowly starts to change herself from who she really is to what a boy might like. Which becomes one of the conflicts as the book goes on.

Something that I loved was the connection between Charlie and Gage. They have these calm talks by the fence (hence the title of the book), and their feelings start to grow. Their relationship doesn’t start for a while, but it was definitely worth the wait. In my opinion, a slow and steady romance beats a fast and instant relationship. Charlie and Gage are both different when they are with other people, but when they are with each other you see a different side of both of them.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time, you know I LOVE plot twist! Well no spoilers from me, but just know that this book has one and it was a twist I didn’t expect that’s for sure.

Thorny Features

Even though I liked Charlie, sometimes she was annoying. Like I said earlier, Charlie had her own issues. She lied SO many times! It just got so annoying to the point where I was shaking the book. Ahhh

Maybe this is just my inner feminist, but I didn’t really like the way that some girls were portrayed in this book. I mean I get it, it’s just a book, but the book made it sound like there were only two types of girls either tomboys and girly girls. It was just annoying because I didn’t like reading about that type of stereotype.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5. I liked this book, but I will say I had higher expectations going into this book. This book is short, so it’s super easy to read. Lots of entertaining moments. I would recommend this book just because it was fun to read. It’s the perfect sit by the pool and read a book type of book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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