This book just about sums up what I love about YA Contemporary books. It’s got feel-good-feels all wrapped up and bound between the covers.On The Fence by Kasie West
Published by Harper Teen on 1 July 2014
Genres: Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friendship, Romance, YA Contemporary
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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 neighbour 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.
First Line of On The Fence:
“The engine whined against my attempt to go faster.”
My Thoughts on On The Fence:
It’s funny that my initial thought was that I wasn’t going to like it. It started with Charlie getting stopped for speeding and trying to wrangle her way out of the ticket by dropping her father’s name. I misjudged her for a few moments. I thought she was someone who felt ‘entitled’ and was unable to accept consequences.
A few pages in and I quickly drew a line through that impression. So wrong and being wrong never felt so good! Charlie is adorable. I want to run around with her and parade her in front of authors and say ‘this is the kinda character we need more of in YA”! She is smart, sporty, boisterous and full of spark. The other characters were equally well developed and I loved the rough and tumble of the life that she had with her brothers and her next door neighbour Braden.
The dialogue as you would expect in a Kasie West novel is intelligent and cute. And speaking of intelligent and cute…so is Braden….Charlie’s next door neighbour. Charlie and Braden would meet at the garden fence at night and chat about the topics they don’t discuss during the day. It was just so much fun and so cute. And yes I know I’m saying cute way too much but seriously this book is my new standard for cute.
No insta love here! You have a romance that is so believable and watching a guy fall for the girl next door is just so wholesome and fulfilling. If you have a heart that is in need of warming, this book would be a good place to go!
Overall I loved this one. With great characters, a sharp dry wit running throughout it and a fun family setting; what’s not to love?
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Who should read On The Fence?
This is a public service announcement for all YA contemporary lovers! If you have read and enjoyed any of Kasie’s other books then I have no doubt that you will fall for this one too. If you haven’t read any of Kasie’s books then you need to rectify that ASAP. And this is a good one to start with.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Teen for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.