On the Fence

by Kasie West

HarperCollins | July 1, 2014 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

On the Fence is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 3.

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.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 1, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062235680

ISBN - 13: 9780062235688

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great summer read with some depth Charlotte ?Charlie? Reynolds is a tomboy who can hold her own in any pick-up game. Raised by her single father and with four older brothers, she?s never really given much thought to make-up and high heels. Until she gets a job working at a clothing boutique after getting a speeding ticket in order to pay the fine. She tries to hide her work life from her family but the stress of that and the upheaval to her routine leads her outside, to the fence, where she begins having almost nightly talks with neighbor Braden. What starts innocently enough slowly starts turning into something more when Charlie realizes she just might care about Braden as more than a friend. This was my first time reading a Kasie West book and I was not disappointed. It left me excited that I already own some of her other books so I can read them soon. This one seemed like it would be a good summer read but it turned into something more and I really enjoyed it. Charlie was absolutely great. I loved her journey of discovering herself that she had throughout the book and I really appreciated that it never felt like the book was looking down on any of the girls who appeared. Charlie had her own perceptions but they were hers. To me, it felt like the book was saying it?s okay for girls to like sports, it?s okay to like make-up and dresses, it?s okay to like both. Charlie?s acceptance of that was important and well handled. The family dynamics were also great. The boys were so protective of Charlie, their bond was so evident, and the teasing just made me smile. The romance was adorable and also believable. Their banter during their fence chats, their playfulness, just everything about them together made me smile. I did a lot of smiling while reading this book. The writing flowed really well and made for an easy read that I didn?t want to put down. There was never a time I felt like the book was dragging, though it did end up being a little predictable. Still, that didn?t lessen my enjoyment and I look forward to reading more Kasie West soon. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2014-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Fun Summer Read As a fan of all other Kasie West books, I was really excited to read On The Fence. And it was worth the read. Tomboy Charlie Reynolds has grown up in a a house full of boys. She begins spending her nights talking to her neighbour Braden through the fence between their houses. As she begins to rely on those nightly chats, she realizes she has an even bigger problems than the ones she's been talking over with Braden - She's falling in love with him. This novel had the cheese factor. To quote another reviewer on here, I was a little "on the fence" myself in the beginning. I found it a little difficult to get started - the first 10 pages or so - but after that, it was a quick, fun read. Similar to another novel of Kasie's, The Distance Between Us, it had the charm and romance to be just the kind of flirty summer novel you want to read. One of the main problems I had with this book was Charlie. To be honest, I found her a little entitled and naive, at least in the beginning. I get she doesn't have a mother figure around, and that's obviously going to have some affects on her character, but her tomboy attitude came across almost like a superiority complex. She rolls her eyes at girls who wear a ton of make-up and nicer clothes, and scowls at anything remotely girly. Granted, I'll give Kasie credit here because Charlie's view on all this stuff does change as the novel goes on - once she gets a motherly figure in her life, once she actually gets to know a few of the girls she used to look down on, Charlie became much more enjoyable to read about. The problem for me was that, in the beginning, she wasn't a character I rooted for. I think there was a way to make her a tomboy struggling with her femininity without making her unlikable. All that being said, I really likes her progressing relationship with Braden. Kasie has a knack for writing really great male characters (seriously), and she didn't let me down. Even the brothers (whose names I cannot remember) all had distinct personalities that were easy to tell apart. I think with side characters, it's really easy to make them one-dimensional and cliche, and, while still a little cliche, I felt the brother's love for their sister, and I felt everyone's role in the family. The one other thing I'll mention is that it did feel like things were just thrown into the novel to add drama. Some events felt orchestrated in a way that maximizes the novel's conflict. To be honest, I always find dream sequences a little ridiculous, because they are almost always setting up something traumatic or symbolic later in the book - and there were plenty of dream sequences in this one. Seeing as the dreams are what made Charlie and Braden start talking between their fences in the first place, I understand why Kasie wrote them in. That being said, they felt a little manufactured and unnecessary to the plot. The big "woah" moment could have been revealed without Charlie having dreams about it first. Still, after all the small issues I had with this novel, I would still recommend it to anyone who wanted a quick summer read, and I will continue to read Kasie West's future work
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books I never thought I'd say it, but On The Fence was even better than The Distance Between Us! Kasie has created a family in the Reynolds that is strong and incredibly tight knit (and they are definitely my new favourite fictional family) and a brilliantly strong character in Charlie. I was laughing and swooning, but also was incredibly choked up. Charlie was the kind of girl who grew up with 3 older brothers who played and watched every sport they possibly could, and a father who was a cop. Her mother passed away when she was only 6, so she never had that female influence that is so integral to a young girl growing up. When Charlie has to get a job, she ends up at a girly girl store, where the owner is the exact kind of motherly influence she never thought she wanted. And it really starts to make Charlie see what she has possibly been missing. What I really loved about her was that she had a ton of flaws. Kasie West didn't try to make her out to be this perfect 16 year old girl who had it all figured out. She was confused about boys, hair, make-up and clothes, and she made mistakes. The family dynamics had to be my absolute favourite part of the entire story. I always thought The Garretts from My Life Next Door would be my favourite fictional family, but they have been bumped over for the rowdy, over bearing and over protective, sports playing, and absolutely adorable Reynolds family. Charlie's 3 older brothers, Jerom (in my opinion a very out of place name in that fam) Nathan and Gage, with Braden being the 4th brother-from-another-mother neighbour. They play tackle football, disc golf, hang out on the couch together, and basically are just a very tight knit family. Her dad had me choking up too, as he had no idea how to raise a single teenage girl in a household full of guys, but he loved her so much, and just fumbled his way through it. He stole my heart! And now, the romance. Kasie West basically must write straight from my head because she writes these incredibly swoony scenes that aren't crazy overboard, but are just so subtle that it's impossible not to "awww" at every single one. Braden was the perfect guy for Charlie. he knew what she was really like, he played sports with her, and he let her talk freely during their middle of the night fence chats. Pretty much anything that Kasie West writes is beyond perfect, but with an incredibly touching and throat tightening aspect to it. I will read anything she writes. Anything. Go read this book guys. It's perfect for when you're feeling down, up, happy, sad, excited, lonely, on the beach, in bed, on the bus, standing in line, and pretty much anywhere. Gush over.
Date published: 2014-06-23

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On the Fence

by Kasie West

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: July 1, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062235680

ISBN - 13: 9780062235688

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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.