Saturday, September 10, 2016

On The Fence by Kasie West ~ Review

Source: Purchased audiobook.

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.


Such an incredible YA story full of characters I adored, a story that had me stuck in it's pages and lots of sports!  Total bliss.

The characters in this book are so real they walk off the pages and become friends.  I adore Charlie and all of her brothers including the honorary one that lives next door.  They are so fun to be around.  From dares to pick up games, they are truly family.  And her dad?  He's amazing.  I love the book hidden under his pillow.  He's a guy so out of his element as he tries to raise a daughter after three boys plus the one next door.  And speaking of the one next door, Braden tugs at my heart strings.  He practically lives at Charlie's house and there's this very big reason why he does.  The white elephant that no one talks about but everyone notices.  And it's clear he has feeling for Charlie.  He's not letting her sell herself short in the dating department.  I loved the baseball game they doubled on.  Pure perfection.

The story has this coming of age feel but it's better.  Charlie has nightmares that she hasn't told anyone about.  She's trying to figure out who she is.  But she's also falling in love with Braden.  It's all mixed up in her head while she tries to be a girl for the first time in her life.  Not to mention dating a guy when she has 3 brother and Braden watching.  It was a wrestle she struggled through with some laughs and some shining moments.  I began cheering for her and hoping for Braden.  Sweet perfection.

This is the second book I've read by this author and it won't be the last.  She does such a spectacular job of crafting stories that are equal parts compelling and entertaining.  I can't wait to dive into more of her books.

When you just want something that's an amazing read, pick up one of this authors books!



  1. Wow... high praise. This is a new to me author. I will have to check it out, even though I haven't been into YA for a while.

    1. Well deserved praise. I hope you do get a chance to read one of her books. Let me know what you think, if you do.

  2. Wow... high praise. This is a new to me author. I will have to check it out, even though I haven't been into YA for a while.

  3. This was the 2nd book I picked up by this author and I absolutely loved it too! She writes such fabulous books,so happy you enjoyed!

  4. I was going to skip this one and now I am one clicking it. Going into the book I hope Braden secretly likes her too.

  5. I love Kasie West's books, but I was hesitant for some reason to pick this up. It's great to hear someone's opinion on it.