On The Fence Review

On The Fence ReviewOn The Fence by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 1, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, YA
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours

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.

Midnight Thoughts

~ The Distance Between Us was a lovely surprise to me and helped make me realize how much I love contemporary romance, On The Fence only solidified my love for the genre and officially put West on my Automatically Read author’s list.

~ I love when girls have typically boyish names (anyone remember the tv series Sisters?). It also suits Charlie well, because she’s grown up in a male dominated household with her dad trying his best to raise a daughter.

~ Having a lead foot and a cop dad are not a great combination!

~ Braden hangs out with Charlie’s family so much in part because he has a sucky dad.  Like Charlie, I have 3 older brothers (although they are considerably older than me), and our house was definitely a refuge for some of their friends.  Several of my brothers from other mothers lived in our partially finished basement at one time or another.

~ Because of her lead foot, Charlie has to get a job to pay off some speeding tickets and help with the cost of her high insurance.  She meets Skye (and we get a glimpse of several characters from The Distance Between Us), who hooks her up with a job at a clothing boutique.

~ Through her new job, Charlie makes some female friends.  While she’s a tomboy, it’s mostly because that’s all she’s really known, it was fun to read about her discovery of the differences between hanging out with your girl friends and hanging out with you guy friends.

~ LOL, when Charlie finds out who her dad has been getting all his advice from in regards to raising a daughter.

~ The conversations that Braden and Charlie have at the fence, where they said all the things that they couldn’t say face to face, the truths that don’t always get spoken in the light of day, were some of my favorite parts of the story.

~ While this is a contemporary romance, Charlie is dealing with more than just the boy next door and her burgeoning friendship with people who are not her brothers, but there’s also a bigger issue that stems from her mother’s death and the nightmares that haunt her sleep.  Dreaming of your mom dying horrifically over and over again has to be pretty damn awful.  The only known remedy is talking to a cute boy at a fence in your backyard at 3am.


Timeless Characters:

Charlie- tomboy discovering that you can be more than one thing.

Braden- the boy next door and best friend to Charlie’s brother Gage.

Jerom, Nathan, Gage- Charlie’s 3 older brothers, she’s very close to them, especially Gage.

Skye- helps get Charlie a job.

Linda- Charlie’s seriously cool, hippy chick new boss.

Amber- makeup demonstrator who befriends Charlie.

Evan- the boy Charlie meets cute with, but he only knows the girlier side of Charlie at first.

Midnight Moment:

I think the baseball game was my favorite scene- the tension and the misunderstandings were just pitch perfect.

Also, cameo of characters from The Distance Between Us- loved it!

Stop the Clock:

On The Fence was a great read!  Kasie West writes books I want to read, and I really like her YA contemporary romance.  I still love The Distance Between Us a bit more than the rest of her books, but this is one I’m happy to recommend.  Read it for the romance, but there’s also humor, friendship and self-discovery to be had. 😉

On The Fence gets a Midnight Book rating of: