18298225Author: Kasie West
Published: July 1st 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.


Perhaps cute is the right word yet it was all too plain. Ok, so maybe I’m little suspend from reading books for the past couple of weeks and I spend of my time gushing over a certain silver haired samurai, but my neglected review copies are weeping for attention and I have to tackle some of them. Mood aside, I was still hoping for cute, fun read which I initially thought On the Fence by Katie West would be all about. Oh, there were that and even funny things but it was like I said…plain.

So here our girl, Charlie, thinks she was a tomboy. Hiding her insecurities behind her tough girl attitude but deep inside she knew she also wanted to be treated like the other girls. Want to be like the other girls. Then there was our boy, Braden, the guy who struck conversation between them, but more often listening to her telling him about her dad, her boss, her work. Then there’s something so comfortable in their fence chat that it became a regular for both of them. But she was running and while the guy was hiding. So my question was how they’ll meet if they both in other direction?

Simple, the guy was scared of ruining their friendship. The type of guy who’s contended with what they have instead of risking for more with probability of getting none and losing it all. So I get him, I do get him. The girl was looking, wanting yet failed to see right in front of her eyes (he smelled you and described it as sunshine and rainbows; it doesn’t get cheesier than that!). And there was another guy, a potential someone else which for me was simple device for them to move in the right path. Braden now acknowledged that she could be someone else’s someone if he didn’t tell her his feelings. Before it was too late. And Claire was coming to an understanding what she really felt for him. In the end, they managed to make it work.

It’s cute. It’s fun yet all the same time predictable. Did I already read so many of this type of story where they started as friends and become lovers in the end? Yep, lots of them but the question really is what makes this book apart? Maybe be it was Braden. Maybe it was Charlie. Both of them? Or perhaps Gage (dude, me likes this person) and the family? Or maybe how they meshed together sounded fun and light that even if some ideas are pretty much already been there, done that, it is how refreshing it all come together made it all better for me.

Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote:And now I’m still not sure how your family will take it, but that night, you were so hurt, it made me hopeful that at least you would take it well. I thought maybe you were telling me that night that you liked me too, and for the first time it gave me reason that it wouldn’t ruin anything.” — Braden


14 Responses to On the Fence

  1. Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books says:

    I have a weird relationship to this book. I like it. But I feel like it was kind of plain too. I just didn’t connect to it as much as I wanted to connect to it. Still, I cognitively liked what was happening. So, I don’t know how I feel. It’s not my favorite KW book but I still like it.

  2. I’m glad you ended up liking it even though it has a similar storyline to a lot of the books you read. I just bought The Distance Between Us, so I’m hoping to read and enjoy that before reading this when it comes out! I haven’t read anything by Kasie West, but I have high expectations for her :p

  3. It’s weird that even though it’s so cliche, it’s kind of not as well. I’m glad you liked it even though you’ve read so many similar books!

  4. Eh, haven’t been seeing too many positive reviews for this book, just mostly mixed ones, which is kind of disappointing because I expected more from Kasie West after her The Distance Between Us! I’m going to read this one soon, so hopefully it won’t be as “meh” a read, or as predictable. I’m glad that you found it fun and cute, though.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I haven’t read The Distance Between Us but heard good things. This book is something really light and fun so if you’re in a mood for that, then you’ll enjoy it. 😀

  5. Considering that I love all West’s published books, I am sure excited for this. I am just glad that atleast it didn’t suck bigtime in your behalf. It’s still light and fun AHHH so excited <333 Great review, Mitchii! I am looking forward to the family tie here and also Brandon and Charlie's relationship ;u;

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I really liked Charlie’s family, it’s really awkward for her surrounded by these guys but it made it light & humorous to me. I hope you’ll like it, Abby!

  6. It was definitely plain, but I guess plain is good once in a while! I did find this one to be cute. I read this and all Kasie’s other published books and I enjoyed them all. 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      It was cute but my problem was too simple for me. This is my second book of hers, didn’t like Pivot Point (me thinks that’s the title). I’m pleasantly surprised that I liked this one.

  7. It was cute – and that was it for me too. It wasn’t mind-blowing or unique, but it worked great for my light mood 🙂 I liked Gage too!

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