On the Fence
by Kasie West
Publisher - HarperTeen
Release Date - July 1st 2014
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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.
“Sometimes we expect more that people are capable of giving at the moment”
Charlotte or Charlie is your average tomboy, surrounded by her three brothers or four including Braden next door and her passion for sport she has been nothing more than a sister or a friend to her fellow team mates and family. With family pranks and brotherly banter, you really can see the open and closeness relationship that they all share. No wonder, the concept of dating and Charlie having any sort of boyfriend would be scary. I think I, myself would be rather intimated by the amount of testosterone fueled teenagers within the household. Haha. Whilst Charlie hasn't spent her time growing up as your normal girly teenager, she led her own life through the influence and inspiration that are her family. She hasn't had the time for boys or the concept of even dating, let alone for the boy next door... Braden Lewis.
On the other side of the fence you have Braden, an only child with a difficult father, he found himself attached like an adoptive part of the Reynolds family but also to Charlie. They have been friends for years and have never left each others side, a bond neither one of them really anticipated. Braden was the sort of character I could really enjoy reading, his perspective of what Charlie is really like, past the tomboyish looks and sporty nature, he saw her, her heart and her soul.
I could really connect with the characters and the sense of their relationship between them. What I felt for both of the characters is was I consider real, given how personal this sort of relationship is to me. I relate to the characters, the way their feelings and love ignited from such powerful connection they have together. This is true love, I find that I believe that the connection grows stronger from the waking moment they met as friends. Kasie for me showed a moral to On the Fence; never change who you are for anyone and I live by that moral to this day!
This sort of story gives that infectious smile til throughout, giggle at the embarrassment that are her brothers, and make your toes curl at certain given moment between Charlie and Braden. This novel give you the feel of a summer fling without the seriousness of reality. Kasie West creates a loveable, cute and fluffy story that will leave you sighing to the very end. While I haven't read any of her other novel like Pivot Point, I do intend to read them very soon.
Rating - 4