July 25, 2014

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: July 1st 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC

Rating: 4.5/5

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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.

On the Fence is an excellent summer read, it´s a light, funny, with likable characters and a cute romance.

The story is told from the point of view of Charlie, a 16-year-old, that has three older brothers or four, if you count Braden her next door neighbor; the five have been inseparable forever, playing all kinds of sports together, watching sports on television together, daring each other constantly and having a dynamic of friends / brothers that´s great and I liked to see the interaction of Charlie and her brothers, they treat her like one more of the guys. Something I really liked of this book is that there isn´t an absent parent as commonly happens in YA books, we see her father more than once; but only the father appears as the mother died when she was young, something that Charlie thinks now at 16 years old somehow influenced her to be a tomboy, because she doesn´t dress fashionably, and her clothing is comfortable and baggy.

And this summer she was fined (again) for driving at excessive speed, so her father decided that enough was enough and that Charlie must to pay her own  fines from now, that´s why she must find a job to pay the fine and she found it where she least expect it, in a boutique where she should dress different than the usual and there she makes new friends. And for different reasons Charlie begins to wake up at night and ends up having nightly talks with Braden, her next door neighbor and best friend through the fence, and those talks are different and a little bit personal that begin to confuse her a little in regarding of her feelings towards Braden.

Overall, I loved On the Fence! it was a fun and romantic read, just what I needed to read at that time. It ´s a book that I recommend to fans of light romantic contemporary novels.


  1. This sounds like a fun read. I like that she has brothers and that the father is present. I agree, that's rare in YA. Great review. Think I'll pick this one up :)

  2. Great review. This sounds like a nice summer romance read. <3

  3. Great review Adriana! Oh this book sounds totally my cup of tea, I'm adding it to my TBR list.

    Jo @ A Bookworm Confessions

  4. GReat review, I have been hearing a lot of great things about this book
    I am definitely adding it to my TBR
    Your reader,

  5. I am getting more and more in the mood for contemporary stories lately, for some reason. On the Fence is one that I would love to have in my hands. I have read several reviews, and everyone seems to be loving it in a big way. I have a good feeling that i'm going to love it too!

  6. I'm awaiting my copy now! I've read so many great reviews for it!
    Glad to hear the parental figures aren't all that absent as on some other YA books!

  7. I have this book and wish I had more time so I could read it! I love how you've described the book and how the parents are involved.

  8. Aww... it sounds so sweet. A great summer read for sure. Every once and I while, I want a nice, sweet romance. This sounds like it would do the trick.

  9. This sounds like a great book to take to the beach! :)

  10. I adored this one too! I thought it was such a fun, cute read! Kasie West never disappoints me. I also loved the relationship between her and her brothers, made me a little sad that I only have sisters. I thought Braden was a brilliant romantic interest too, he was so cute. Great review :)

  11. I loved this book! My favorite part was the relationship between Charlie and her brothers, it was so realistic and awesome!
    Great review!

  12. This sounds like a light fun read. I enjoy fish out of water stories. Great review