On The Fence by Kasie WestOn The Fence by Kasie West

On The Fence

byKasie West

Paperback | July 1, 2014

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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.

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.
Title:On The FenceFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 0.68 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062235672

ISBN - 13:9780062235671


Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE! Another great book written by Kasie West. Totally worth the time and effort to read it.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! On The Fence was a great summer read. It had the romance that I love without being too cheesy and predictable. This was my first book by Kasie West and I'm now looking for more!
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! I have read a lot of this authors books and this is definitely my favourite!
Date published: 2018-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Kasie West Book!! I loved this, it is my favourite book by her. I have read most of her contemporary novels, except for her new ones. I loved the characters and the whole story line. Charlotte's family was amazing as well. If you're only going to pick up one of Kasie Wests' books I highly recommend this one. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute but not too cheesy This book was a great read, it was super cute but not cheesy and i loved all the relationships. Well written loved
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kasie West's Best Book A nice slow burn romance and a fun cast of side characters.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved it Every relatable book, another great one bu Kasie West
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A quick read, very predictable, but a cute story with some touching moments. I did, however, find myself somewhat annoyed with the main character. Maybe some young girls will relate, but I was a sporty "tomboy" in my early teens, and I never found myself thinking "let me hide who I really am so boys will like me!"
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a good book but not as amazing as the other Kasie West books I've read. I remember telling my classmates the main idea and so when, they finally kissed, i shared that moment with them.
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from kinda made me cringe I bought this because a friend recommended it to me, I Read it in bout 2 days. Totally cringe worthy, the wording could have been better. Other than that the story line was okay.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% RECOMMEND I always love romance books were you kinda saw it coming but they didnt!
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Average cute Main girl lead is fierce and admired. Main guy supports her. Cute flirtation ship but they did not handle some problems well. Still a nice light read
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 1.5 Out Of 5 Stars (Rounded To 2) I spent most of my time disgusted while reading this book. A girl is good at sports, so she feels the need to "dumb herself down" to appear more "feminine"... to impress a boy? Utterly ridiculous. Granted, by the end she's recovered her self-confidence, but by that point I was so disgusted with the book that it hardly registered with me. Riddled with clichés, and then that glaring obscenity just made it impossible for me to enjoy this book.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute read This is the first Kasie West book I've read and it was so cute and fun - great light read!
Date published: 2017-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Kasie West never disappoints :) Was it a cheesy read? Yes. Did it have a plot twist? No. But that's what made it amazing <3
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute! Reading it right now so good and cute!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book! This was such a great book! I was really able to relate to the main character! I loved the characters and the whole world that Kasie West creates here! I could not recommend it enough!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute read I really enjoyed this novel. Really good read.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I don't usually read, but i really wanted to start, so i could take a break from the internet. I rarely finish books, but this one made me want to keep reading . This book is truly amazing and it seems so real and relatable especially because of how well everything was described. I finished the book in three days and was so sad when it ended. The story, characters and everything else was so amazing, I don't even know how to explain it. On The Fence is a book you should buy.
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything you expect! Was it cheesy? Yes. Was there any plot twist? No. But I loved every second of it. If you're in the mood of a cute romance this is it. I read it in one second because it was really adorable. I love Kasie West's writing, so I wasn't disappointed.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from super cute! This book was exactly what I needed! It was cute, easy to read, and I loved the characters. Especially Braden. And I just LOVE how slow the romance was. Kasie West is so good at that :p This book was exactly what I was looking for at this point in time, and it did exactly what I needed it to. Plus it was just so cuuuute. So it gets 5 stars.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super sweet This book was short enough that I read it in a couple of hours and so sweet it gave me cavities. It had some heartwarming family dynamics going on and a token attempt at conflict, but mostly it was just sugar and sweetness and coupley cuteness. I did appreciate the fact that she neither changed herself entirely or put down other girls in order to make her feel better about herself. She managed to grow as a girl - step outside of her self-imposed jock identity - and appreciate girls who were "more feminine" without putting them or herself down in order to do it. But really, I just read these when I need a break from more serious, sadder stuff, and on that count, they never disappoint.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was awesome I've read this book over and over again! I love it.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book That Is Worth Your Time This book was AWESOME! I really, really, really enjoyed it! Such a happy and fun read! It is probably one of my favorite contemporary reads.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada Kasie West is the reason why I don't write off contemporary straight out of my to-be-read list. It's because she writes such cute stories with a lot of characters who are always set on doing the right thing. Charlie is the easily relatable character that I understood. Sure she hardly had any self-esteem, but when you're a teenager, you certainly don't know any better. Honestly if there was no back and fourth, the book would probably get super boring. Self-deprecating characters aren't always the easiest to read about, but if you were a little like her character when you're younger, you can remember what it was like. Also dating someone you're not into wasn't exactly the best decision. That's why you have these years to iron out the kinks. I loved how annoying her brothers were too. And her father was super sweet. I love stories where a friendship blossoms into something more and this is definitely one of them. Kasie West reminds me a lot of Miranda Kenneally's books and I just love them both. If you're looking for a cute contemporary romance, pick this one up. I'm not usually a big contemporary fan, but her writing is too cute to pass up.
Date published: 2016-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A BOOK YOU WONT BE ABLE TO PUT DOWN usually when reading i read a chapter here and there but with this book the minute i picked it up it was not put don until i read the last words of the book. it keeps you interested and wanting to know more and find out what she says or does next. i can assure you you wont be disappointed by this book; if you love romance,and a sense of becoming who you are. this book fit my reading preferences perfectly and i wish it was a series that never ended. kasie west is an amazing writer, i'm excited to read more of her creatiions
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from This is the Story of My(Reading) Life You know what West has quickly become the queen of? Adorable. It is impossible to read one of her books without hurting your face with all the smiling you're doing because of the extreme cuteness. I'm also a complete sucker for the boy next door stories. And with West penning this story I knew it would be gold. Just prepare yourself for so much awwww. Charlie is a tomboy. She was raised by her dad, three brothers and Braden their next door neighbour but might as well be her brother. She's into every sport, whether playing or watching them and has never really cared about her look. As far as she's concerned she's usually sweaty and ready to hit or kick a ball at anytime. But things start to change when she gets another speeding ticket and her dad makes her get a job so she can pay it off. With no work experience the only person willing to hire Charlie is an eccentric local boutique owner(who readers might remember from The Distance Between Us). She finds herself having to dress in something more than jeans and t-shirts, interacting with other girls, wearing make-up, having a boy interested in her and above all realizing she might have feelings for Braden. So much change. Of course Charlie doesn't know how to deal with it. And thus ensues On the Fence. I really, really liked Charlie. She's this super sporty go with the flow kind of girl. Being the only girl in a household of boys makes her extremely comfortable around guys. She's one to joke and pull jokes, can easily put up with their mood swings and just a really easy going kind of girl. Where she's not comfortable is with the girly stuff. It becomes really apparent when she has to start acting a bit more girly for her job. And even more so when she makes a few girlfriends. Charlie thinks she needs to be some one different around them or they won't like her. So she puts on this fake persona of enjoying make-up and not getting sports. And when a guy her brothers don't know takes interest in her she's so confused as to how she should be acting. If she starts to show him up on his sports talk will he actually like her? Charlie spends a lot of the book will trying to come to terms with herself. She is a teenage after all. You know, being confused about being yourself around people when you don't think they'll like you as you. Stupid teenager thinking. And adult thinking too. Insecurities are ripe in this book. But because this is a cute contemp everything is pretty light. As the book is so rightly called, On the Fence, this is where Charlie and Braden start to have a few heart to hearts. They've always been like brother and sister but over the past year or so they seem to have drifted a little bit apart. And than their relationship starts to take an even different spin when they start to have late night chats through the fence. Charlie has nightmares. Which makes it hard for her to sleep. Her mother died when she was younger and she's constantly dreaming it. In waking she doesn't really know the details, but her dreams seem to tell a different story. Braden's father is a drunken asshole. So one night when Charlie is outside trying to escape sleep, Braden thumps outside to get away from his dad and thus starts their nightly fence chats. During the day Charlie doesn't totally know how to act around him because she's not sure if his feelings for her are changing(they are). Braden is super cute(theme of the book apparently). You can tell how much he cares for Charlie. He's also trying to get her to see that being herself is not a bad thing. She's an awesome person and if she has to change herself for a guy he's not worth it. It's fun to see them try and contain their feelings for each other. What I loved most about On the Fence is Charlie's family dynamic. Her relationship with her brothers is so spot on and brilliant. I loved how they interacted with each other. They treat her like one of the guys. There's no second thought when something is going on, Charlie is automatically included. She's fierce and as competitive as they are, maybe even more so. But they also know she's a girl. A desirable girl at that. Charlie just turning sixteen means she is free from her dad's rule of no dating. Charlie doesn't see anything changing with the guys she plays pick-up football with every weekend, but her brothers know differently. They need to kick up their over-protective nature and have some talks with the guys. The siblings are hilarious together. Joking, beating, fighting. Like I said, such a fun family. Add on Charlie's relationship with her dad(he had to learn to raise a daughter, even being as non-girly as she is, she still is a girl) and the Reynolds have quickly become a favourite family of mine. Now, that being said, I unfortunately had some problems with One the Fence that stopped me from giving the perfect rating I had hoped it would get. I found that the banter and easy flow of dialogue that I've come to expect from a West book was lacking. Too many conversations were to abrupt and one worded. Also the last fifty pages or so were disappointing. Obviously because of spoilers I can't really get into it, but Charlie is finally served some truths about her mom and what really happened and the whole reveal and after talks were not totally realistic. I know On the Fence is a pretty light read, but I still felt the situation needed a little more depth than what it was given. *shrugs* That unfortunately impended on my enjoyment of the book. I just wanted more. And I also wanted more Charlie and Braden. Why do YA contemps always gotta end when the characters finally get together? I hate it so much! I still bow down to West. She is the queen of cute and adorable. Although On the Fence isn't my favourite of hers. She is still a fantastic writer and story teller. I can't wait for more future adorableness.
Date published: 2015-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from on the fence Awesome book!!! it just gives you butterflies when ''they'' kiss. Il let you figure out who "they" is ;)
Date published: 2015-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from On the fence This book was amazing and kept you wanting to read more. You will not be disappointed if you read it.
Date published: 2015-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A cute summer read! If you know me well, then you’d know that while I love my fair share of awesome action-packed stories, I also love cute summer reads. And On the Fence is probably one of the cutest books I’ve read this summer. Having grown up with three brothers and only her dad, she doesn’t really know anything about being your “typical” girl. She can play sports with the rest of the guys and she doesn’t give a hoot about being more “girly”. But when she has to work in a boutique to pay for her speeding ticket, she has some doubts about herself. So, she begins having nightly chats with Braden, her neighbour, to escape. Soon enough, she finds that maybe she could like Braden more than a friend and that’s when things get sorta complicated. In other words, this book just sounds PERFECT! First off, I really liked Charlie. While she isn’t your typical main character, I could relate to her. While I may not love sports or playing outdoors, I often have doubts about traditional girl-boy roles. I love reading comics and I can yell “INACCURATE” at all the best comic-to-movie adaptations but I still love reading cheesy romances + watching cute rom-coms. I used to struggle with finding my place in a world that tends to be so this-or-that so I could definitely relate. On the other hand, I often found myself disagreeing with Charlie’s actions. While I don’t want to get into specifics, I think that she handled some situations really poorly. In terms of plot, I absolutely loved seeing Charlie’s relationship with all her brothers and father. I loved reading all their inside jokes and it kinda made me wish I had brothers. I also loved seeing Charlie make new friends and find more people that she can hang out with, it was nice reading about all these new people. The romance was also just adorable. I loved the banter between Charlie and Braden and I just adored all their fence chats. I just ADORED seeing them work out their feelings and gaahhh I don’t want to say anymore for fear of exploding just thinking about the cuteness! Overall, On the Fence is a cute summer read and I highly recommend it for contemporary fans seeking a good summer read that also tries to tackle some tough issues.
Date published: 2015-02-08
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

Editorial Reviews

"West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel.is a welcome change."