On the Fence by Kasie West Book Review

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Goodreads blurb

“For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. 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.”

I had already read four books by Kasie West – those being The Distance Between Us, The Fill in Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You and By Your Side – and so I was not surprised when I loved this book equally as much. I found it to be one of the more heavier books that Kasie West has written; as the romance isn’t at the forefront of the book instead it’s more on the side. This book is more about family and learning about yourself; and how you gain different sides to yourself and different interests as you grow up. It’s also about how different people grow up differently depending on there circumstances. My favourite character was Braden – as he said things that were very sweet and true. For example that you don’t need to change for somebody to make them like you; this being something everybody should be told and should know. I thought the cover didn’t really fit the book, as Charlie isn’t a dress kind of girl and is instead more of a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl; but that was only a small point of improvement and didn’t effect my rating of the book. I don’t want to go into much more detail – as because it’s a contemporary going into any more detail would ruin it. Overall though, I really enjoyed this book; it would be a great book to read if you are in a reading slump or are looking for a romance YA novel that you can fly through.

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I love the scene where Braden gets angry at Charlie for trying to change who she is in order to make people like her, asBraden himself has already fallen in love with her just the way she is. I love the scene on the football pitch where Braden asks the boys to put their hands up if they have ever wanted to ask Charlie out – but had been given ‘the talk’ by one of Charlie’s brothers telling them not to make a move on Charlie; and the majority of the boys put their hands up. That was both funny and sweet as it showed how much her brothers loved her and wanted to protect her, but also how much Braden wanted to show that she really didn’t need to change.

I empathised with the farther, as I thought that it would be hard for him as not only is he confronting his own grief about the loss of his wife, but he is also trying to bring up one girl in a group of three boys. And on top of that he is trying to shield her away from the truth of her mother’s death. I liked the clothing store, Linda’s Bazaar, Charlie worked at – as it was a bit different from the typical waitress or shop job that is the most common type of job to have in books; especially contemporary books. I liked how Linda is a down-to-earth and easygoing woman – who takes on the motherly concern for Charlie by helping Charlie purchase suitable clothing for working in the boutique and helps pick out some clothes that she can start to wear in her everyday life. I thought the fact that Charlie lied about her mother still being alive was quite interesting – as it is normally the popular and rebellious kind of girl that does that in books – this being the complete opposite of what Charlie is. I liked how the relationship between Charlie and Braden was slow burning, and how they were best friends before they became boyfriend and girlfriend.


So that’s my thoughts and opinions on On the Fence by Kasie West, don’t forget to like and comment this post if you have any questions. If you haven’t read this book already go and find a copy and read it if you like cute contemporaries. But if you have read it – please comment your thoughts and opinions in the comments telling me your favourite moments in the book and what you thought of it as a whole. Thank you for reading my book review – and I will see you again in the next wonderful world I visit. Until then I would appreciate it if you went checked out my other posts and followed my blog. I hope you are having the greatest day possible!


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  1. This book sounds really cute and a nice light easy read. Love again that you separate the spoiler zone. Sometimes when you won’t have time to read all the books it’s nice to read the spoilers. 😉
    I have quite a few books lined up that I have agreed with authors that I will read and review at the moment. So I won’t read this one just yet. But I love your review. I will be back to read more of your posts again soon.

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    1. Yes it is, and definitely a nice light easy read. Thank you I am glad you like that. Yes I know what you mean – sometimes we just don’t have time so needs must!! 😉😉😉 That’s ok – let me know when you have read it please, and we can discuss the book!! Thank you I appreciate that, I am glad you loved it. Oh thank you – I will look forward to your comments on them. I will be keeping up with your blog too!!!
      Elena. Xx💕❤️😁😃


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