Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted 18 July, 2014 by Abbey in Review / 1 Comment

Review: On the Fence by Kasie WestOn the Fence by Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen on July 1, 2014
Source: Purchased
Pages: 304
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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 neighbor 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.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect

Here Are My ThoughtsWhy I Picked It UpKasie West is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read and loved every book she’s published.

PlotCharlotte “Charlie” Reynolds is one of the boys. She loves sports, doesn’t understand fashion, and enjoys taking dares involving the weirdest of things. Growing up with a single dad and three brothers has left little room for her to be “girly”. After receiving one too many speeding tickets, her police officer father decides to lay down the law by forcing her to pay them off. Since Charlie is flat broke, that means she has to get a job. So she applies to several establishments with little success. Until she goes to one boutique that’s the complete opposite of her personality. The owner ends up offering her a job and just like that she’s thrust into a world that she has no experience in. A world full of clothes and makeup.

Out of all of Kasie’s books, this one is my least favorite. It didn’t pull me in like her other ones did. There were several times when the plot dragged on. I liked the book, but I didn’t love it.

Leading LadyCharlie was an interesting character. I didn’t understand some of the choices she made. With that said, I did like her most of the time. She went through a lot of character development. It was great reading about her stepping out of her comfort zone and meeting some new people.

Leading MaleBraden was just kind of meh. Personality wise, there wasn’t much that distinguished him from Charlie’s brothers.

RomanceEven though there was another love interest, there wasn’t really a love triangle. It was clear from the beginning who Charlie was going to end up with. The other guy (I forgot his name already) pretty much had a sole purpose of showing Charlie that she could be herself around Braden.

As for the main romance, there wasn’t a lot of it. Charlie and Braden spent most of the book as two friends who liked each other but weren’t sure where the other one stood. It wasn’t until the end of the novel that the romance really started.

Other CharactersThere were a lot of stereotypes. Charlie’s new girl friends were the worst example of that. They didn’t have any personalities beyond being make-up obsessed girly-girls.

ConclusionI love Kasie West. Because of that, I hate that I didn’t like this book more. Regardless, I’ll still read anything that she writes.

 3.5 Stars

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One Response to “Review: On the Fence by Kasie West”

  1. MonaG

    Thanks for your honest review. I enjoy “fish out of water” -type books. I like that this is not the cliche tomboy gets a makeover and wows her crush plot.

    I also understand how it feels when a favorite author writes a book that doesn’t quite measure up. Yet, I give him/her the benefit of the doubt and wait eagerly for his/her next release.

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