Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Review: On the Fence

On the FenceAuthor: Kasie West
Series: No
Published: July 1st 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen
Format: Paperback, 296 pgs
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

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.

On the Fence is one of those sweet summer reads you can read and enjoy in no more than a couple of hours, only to forget all about them by the next day. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have any value – quite the contrary, actually. Summer is a great time for sweet, uncomplicated romances, and very few authors write them better than Kasie West.

Her Charlie is a tomboy if there ever was one. Raised by her father and three older brothers, she knows her sports extremely well, but she’s clueless when it comes to clothes, make up, or even boys. What’s more, Charlie doesn’t want to learn about those things, and even if she would, her brothers would tease her mercilessly. But when she finds a job in a small clothes store and has to start paying more attention to her looks, Charlie is forced to face parts of her life she was intent on burying until that point.

Although Charlie makes some pretty big mistakes along the way, they all make sense from a purely psychological viewpoint, so it’s not hard at all to sympathize with her even when she really crosses the line. In the end, my favorite thing about her was that she wasn’t afraid to admit her mistakes, or even why she made them in the first place. That’s exactly the type of heroine I can get behind.

I’m not a big fan of YA contemporary romance, mostly because I have hard time believing the strength of those feelings when the protagonists are so young, but Charlie and Braden’s love for each other made perfect sense even to me. Their romance was based on a life-long friendship and perfect understanding, which is a stronger foundation than even some adults have. Aside from being adorable, their late night conversations on the fence that divides their back yards convince the reader that these two are perfect for each other.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this book to everyone, regardless of their age. It’s a very sweet read perfect for a warm summer evening. Kasie West has proven to be a very dependable author, which put her right on my pre-order list.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I absolutely agree with your review! I loved it and it was a fantastic fast read!
    Seems like Kasie West can do no wrong with summer reads!

  2. Ohhh what's this?! A contemporary review from Maja? Be still, my heart. :) All kidding aside, I'm so glad this book received your stamp of approval. I haven't read my copy yet but I'm salivating now.

  3. So true! Wonderful review Maja! So glad you gave this a try and liked it. I so want to read her other contemporary now.

  4. Yay! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this book. Charlie seems like a really lovable character, especially since she's not afraid to admit to her mistakes. And I love that the romance is believable! I have an eARC of this book myself, so I definitely need to dive in before summer's over. Thanks for the delightful review, Maja!

  5. Oh I am absolutely dying to get my hands on this book! Unfortunately I'll only be able to begin reading it in the middle of next month. :( Making it a fall read rather than a summer read. Ah, oh well.

    I'm so happy you liked it though! I'm glad that you thought their love was believable, it's true with Young Adult fiction that some of the feelings come across a bit too intense for their age or situations really.

    --Amber @ YA Indulgences

  6. I love when the romance buds from a friendship. It's the best kind of romance out there (and the most easy to believe). This sounds like a wonderful summer read. I'll def be checking this one out!

  7. I really enjoyed this book too! It was so cute and fun and I loved the sibling relationship :)

    Eileen @ BookCatPin :)

  8. Sounds good :) Will I read it? If the library has it ;)

  9. I'm so glad you liked this book, Maja. I really liked it as well and thought it was super sweet. The romance was probably my favorite part although I did want them doing more coupley things after they became a couple. The sibling relationship was brilliant! I loved their dynamics. :)
    Gorgeous review, Maja!

  10. I myself agree, Maja, that this is a perfect summer romance though it doesn't offer the depth it takes for a novel to become a favorite. Still, this is the only West book I've enjoyed and I hope I continue to like her future romances--they're absolutely fun! Lovely review, dear.

  11. This book sounds great. I have always really wanted to read a Kasie West book and I might just start with this one. I am glad you liked it.

    Blue Books and Butterflies

  12. I haven't read her yet but I really want to read her books! I also can get behind a heroine who can admit her mistakes. So rare! Yep, putting this author on my must read list.

  13. I am with you, not a big contemp fan but I liked the simplicity of this one.

  14. Loved the family dynamics in this one and, while I don't always read YA contemps, I highly enjoyed this whole story.

  15. Nice to hear that Kasie was able to make a YA romance believable. I've only read Pivot Point by her, which I really enjoyed so I'll have to give this a try sometime. Lovely review, Maja! :)

  16. I agrre with you, this was a really sweet summer book, believable and cute. I loved how the story developed and Charley was a great main character and Braden is perfect for her. I also loved the family dynamic. Great review :)

  17. This was such an adorable book! I was surprised how much I liked it, because I'm not a contemporary reader, but I think it's Kasie's magic ;)


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