On the Fence by Kasie West
Age Range: 12 and up
Genre: Contemporary romance
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (July 1, 2014)
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door.
three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been
more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting
with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a
summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets,
she’s more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi
boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a
pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking
out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden,
sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may
know her better than anyone. But there’s a secret Charlie’s keeping that
even he hasn’t figured out—she’s fallen for him. 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.
On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.
About Kasie West:
A stay-at-home mom of four children, three of them girls, ranging in age
from twelve to four, Kasie West hears lots of melodramatic versions of
large-than-life events. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies, with
a strong focus on linguistics and psychology, from Fresno State
University. She lives in Fresno, CA.
This is the perfect summer read. It’s light, fun, and super cute!
Charlie is a tomboy. She has three brothers and a neighbor that is
almost a brother. She plays every sport you can think of and can hold
her own with the guys. She is insensitive and stubborn, but fun. She has
a wonderful relationship with her brothers and they are always doing
something together. Her father makes a few appearances in the book,
mostly to show his role as a parent as he tries to raise a teenage
Charlie gets a speeding ticket and her dad (a cop) makes her get a job
to pay for the ticket. She lands a job at a clothing store and slowly
gets nudged into wearing more feminine clothes and a little makeup. She
never becomes super girly, which I was glad about. She struggles with her
identity and self-confidence, which is a normal thing for a teen girl.
She has to leave her comfort zone and find out who she really is. There
isn’t much for deep or dark content. The story is kept very light, with
just a skim along the surface of some heavier issues. There is just
enough to give the story some depth without taking away from the lighthearted romance.
Charlie does some growing up, some adjusting, and some readjusting. I
loved the theme of loving yourself and not hiding who you are to be more
accepted. Charlie does change some things about herself, but she also
stays a lot the same. She has to get used to her new self and learn not
to hide it from her friends or her family.
If you are looking for a quick summer read, give On the Fence a try. It’s clean and fun.
Source: I received a digital galley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.