Book Review, Books

On The Fence – Kasie West


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.

I was kind of on a Kasie West reading binge although I still am because I want to read more Kasie West but so far I read By Your Side and Ps I Like You so I obviously had some major expectations and I think this story was the best one yet.

I loved Charlie she was such a tomboy she loved sport and I like seeing it when girls are interested in sport. But it was also interesting seeing Charlie explore that feminine side of her. I hated that she tried to change herself for a boy she wasn’t even sure she liked and tried to pretend she didn’t know a thing about sport. It really annoyed me when she tried to pretend she wasn’t who she was. I loved Braden for standing up for that point when it came to Charlie.

Braden, I loved his character I also loved the little fence chats Charlie and Braden had, I also thought their bond was good. I really enjoyed Charlie and Braden’s friendship turned into a relationship it was nice that he didn’t expect her to change. He wanted her as she was.

I also loved her brothers though I did have to think that they are overprotective when it came to boys, although it was nice they were protective gave her a little bit of a complex thinking that she wasn’t liked by anyone because she was a tomboy. It was good but also gave her a slight complex.

I love Skye, Amber and Linda. They were great side characters!

It was nice for Charlie to finally confront her emotions, she spent so much time trying to hide her feelings and emotions when it came to her mother’s death. When Charlie found out the truth about how her mother died. I was sobbing, I was a mess like the writing was that good you could feel the pain (at least in my opinion. I could only imagine losing my mum especially the way she did). Damn this book bloody destroyed me in the best way possible. I was a mess reading this, I was actually sobbing through this book. I think as far as Kasie West books actually go this is the one that has impacted me the most. I loved the story and the writing, I just love Kasie West.

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