Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on July 1, 2014
Genres: Social Issues, Young Adult
Source: Paperback ARC from Publisher
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.
With 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.
This book just makes me happy. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the fence chats, and I loved the self discovery that was all packed into this little sunny looking book. This is a great fluffy read- perfect for summer. But don’t let that fool you, this book is more to it than cute boys and romance. Oh, it has that too and it that part is wonderful, but this book also has some great discovery in it for the main character, Charlie.
Charlie grew up with all brothers. She is such a tomboy, and I loved every inch of her tall athletic self. She can play practically any sport, and she is not afraid to get in there and school the guys. On the Fence takes place the summer before her senior year in high school, and for the first part of the book Charlie spends all of her days playing sports with her brothers and their friends, including her neighbor Braden.
Charlie, her 4 brothers, and Braden all grew up together, and even though it was easy to pick out Braden as the eventual love interest, it didn’t take anything away from the book. I loved Braden right off the bat, and then I loved him more at the fence chats at night, and I loved him even more when he told charlie not to change for a guy. Charlie got in trouble with her dad when she got a speeding ticket. Her punishment- getting a job at the mall. The job brought Charlie out of her comfort zone, but it also brought new friends and new experiences into her life.
On the Fence is everything you are hoping to find in a summer ya contemporary romance. There is a great guy, a spunky and fun main character, fabulous plot development and oh so many smiles. The fence chats were beyond adorable, and I found myself awaiting night time as much as Charlie, hoping her and Braden would end up by the fence and play their “who knows the other better” fact game. It was super cute. This book is not one dimensional though. Kasie West does a wonderful job making Charlie face her past. I really felt for Charlie. Overall, On the Fence is a top pick for ya summer reads. I dare you not to enjoy it!
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