ARC Review ~ On the Fence by Kasie West

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ARC Review ~ On the Fence by Kasie WestOn the Fence
by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen
Release date : July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Family, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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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.

Also by this author: Pivot Point, Split Second

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Being a huge Kasie West fan that I am, you would think I wouldn’t even hesitate to pick up On the Fence and dive right in. And at first, that was true. After a few friends were giddy about it and in love with it, the hype monster started to rear it’s head and I started to get nervous. Not only that, this book screams fluffy and I have not been in the mood for fluff. I almost wrote it off completely.

I am so glad I didn’t.

I shouldn’t be so surprised, since like I said, I love Kasie West. Her books are all easy to read and they are fun. I knew overall, I would enjoy On the Fence, but I wasn’t prepared for how much.

Charlie was such a fun character. I really felt for her, and the things that she was going through and had to figure out. She is really down to earth, fun and witty, and I loved watched her grow and find herself throughout the novel. Being the only girl in her family, and not having any guidance when it came to “girl things,” I thought she did pretty well for herself.

I thought it was hilarious and ironic she got a job in the location she did. Which just goes to show more about her character, that she was up for the challenge and didn’t shoot everything down right away.

I adored her brothers and the tight relationship they all had. They were over protective; but there is more to it than what meets the eye. Although I am not an only child, I am the youngest and with the age difference between all of us, I always get a kick (and yes, envious) when books have such a loving, tight relationship.

On another note, there is Braden. Him and Charlie have been best friends since they were kids, but their relationship starts to change when they have their late night chats at the fence. It was obvious to me that they had ALWAYS loved each other, but it never came out before then. It was easier for Charlie to open up to Braden this way. Their game of who knows who best was so much fun too!

My Peeve –

Nothing that stands out!

Overall –

I loved it! So adorable. On the Fence is a fun quick read, with strong family dynamics, a cute romance and fun, likable characters. I now know better than to question ANY Kasie West book!

Recommend –

YES! If you love Kasie’s other books, or just love a sweet contemporary, I recommend this one.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 4.2

 

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If you’ve read On the Fence, what did you think?

If not, does this sound like something you would enjoy? Why or why not?

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17 responses to “ARC Review ~ On the Fence by Kasie West

    • tonyalee

      This book is so much fun and cute! It was a little bit more serious than I thought it would be too, but I know you will love it!

  1. Terri @ Starlight Book Reviews

    I’m so glad everyone is liking this, but that hype monster is scaring me, I’ll admit. But it’s Kasie West! What could possibly go wrong? Ahhhhh can’t wait!

    I kind of love the idea of falling in love with a boy only through the fence. It’s so mysterious and romantic and … something. I don’t know. I just need this book!
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  2. Wendy @ Book Scents

    This seems like it’d be a great summer book! And I love love love relationships that start off as friends. SO I feel like I’d adore this book. Can’t wait! Random thought… did you read split second yet?? I still haven’t!! I feel like we should all do that as a read along!!
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    • tonyalee

      it is! I haven’t read many books where the start off as friends (if I have, I don’t remember >.<) But here, it worked really well! Yes, I read Split Second. I liked it, but enjoyed Pivot Point more.

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