On the Fence

On the Fence

On the Fence

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door.

With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she’s more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there’s a secret Charlie’s keeping that even he hasn’t figured out—she’s fallen for him. 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.

On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.

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  1. Lili's Reflections said,

    Wrote on August 4, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nothing Bad To Say About This One, July 3, 2014
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    Lili’s Reflections (New York City) –

    This review is from: On the Fence (Paperback)
    There is literally nothing negative I can say about this book. I read it several months ago when I was at a low-point in college and this was the perfect pick-me-up. Kasie West is a genius when it comes to cute, fun, and hilarious contemporaries. I cannot wait to see what amazing masterpiece she gifts us with next.

    One of the best things about this book is the family dynamic. Unfortunately, Charlie lost her mother at a very young age, so she is raised primarily by her father and three older brothers. Really there’s four if you count their next-door neighbor, Braden, who is practically family. I loved Charlie’s father because he really did care for her, even if he had trouble relating to his only daughter at times. And the banter among her and her brothers was absolute perfection. All they wanted to do was protect their little sister, even if they had funny ways of showing that at times. This is a family dynamic that is so incredibly it is comparable to the Garrett family from MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

    Seriously, the characterization of all her family members is spot on. Heck, all of the characterization in this book is spot on. I can’t say one negative thing. Even characters who I thought I wouldn’t like found a way to get on my good side, secondary characters included. If there’s one thing that West will never fail to deliver, it’s a diverse cast of characters that’s easy to love.

    Charlie is pretty awesome. Because she was the only girl in her family, she grew up as a huge tomboy. She loves to be one of the guys, really, which is why it’s so strange when her new summer job inadvertently introduces her to feminine things like fashion and make-up and giggling over cute boys who she’d typically demolish at sports. Her journey to being comfortable with her feminine side, something she never explored because of the fact that there was no feminine authority figure in her life, was really sweet. All of it started at the hands of an unlikely ally and friend who I adore as well. Despite feeling like a fraud initially and experiencing many insecurities because of this, Charlie slowly embraces the unknown to realize that she can be feminine and get down with the guys all at once. All she has to do is be herself!

    Then, of course, there is the romance. This is an absolutely adorable love story and I wouldn’t change a thing. The love bug pinched Charlie unexpectedly, but that’s what makes it all the more real. The story is charming and full of surprising depth in regards to her journey of self-discovery. And this love story is so unique. I’d go as far as to say that this match was simply fated. I couldn’t imagine either of these characters being with anyone else because they were literally made for each other.

    This book has no flaws. It’s perfect for romance lovers and those who love banter. It’ll make you laugh, it’ll make you momentarily serious, but most of all, it’ll make you smile and swoon. What more could you ask for? Kasie West delivers a perfect summer read that’ll leave you begging to get your hands on more of her amazing contemporaries.

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  2. Natasha Vahora said,

    Wrote on August 4, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Can I date Charlie’s Brothers? Like seriously., July 10, 2014
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    This review is from: On the Fence (Paperback)
    This book needs to turn into a film! Oh my gosh, oh how I wish I was Charlie. I was laughing my butt off so hard, and holy crap I just want three hot brothers and a hot neighbor. Okay, so maybe that’s a little weird (especially the hot brothers), but I’m telling you, you’ll understand when you read this.
    Charlie (Charlotte) is a tomboy who’s not your typical girl. She dreads makeup, would wear sneakers over heels anyday, and wears athletic clothes all the time. She’s great at sports, and would kick your ass anytime playing. When she crosses the line with all the speeding tickets she gets, she has to work at some chic boutique to pay off her debt. The thing is, it changes her. She starts wearing… makeup (ohmigod) and actually dresses nice! It’s not like her at all. Along the way, she develops feelings for Braden. She’s seriously devoted to just staying friends, because anymore than that and it could ruin them for good. She just can’t help it.
    She doesn’t know how to act properly to everything. Her mother died when she was a young child, so her dad and her three- well, four- brothers were the only people to help.
    This book was freaking amazing. It’s the perfect light summer romance read. It’s so romantic in a quirky way, and I laughed way too much at some parts. It’s just like a sad romantic comedy book.
    The guys in this book are sooooo dreamy. Especially Braden. Oh yes, you will want Braden. He’s strong, cute, athletic, and caring. Charlie’s brothers are the same, but if you’re a guy and you hit on Charlie even the teeniest bit, you’re going down. They won’t hesitate to punch you. I just can’t get enough of her brothers. They’re so geeky and cute.
    I loved the characters. Especially the realness of her brothers. They were playful and fun when they had to be, and protective/ big brothery when they had to be. And her father acted like how a father would at times where he was raising a daughter by himself. The characterization was perfect.
    There was not one negative aspect of this book. It was written so smoothly, and I didn’t get bored. Even during parts where I usually would skim, I made myself not. The author didn’t overwrite any descriptive parts.
    Referring to my statement earlier, I seriously want to be Charlie. I also don’t, but for the most part do. She’s tall (5’11), athletic, pretty, strong, and charismatic. She just has many struggles in her life when she falls for Braden, dates the wrong guy, finds out the real truth, and becomes an entirely different person. Charlie is in a war with her enemy being herself. Only one side of her can win. I just adored her personality overall, despite any lashing out.

    West has written an amazing summer read. She had me saying
    -Omg
    -AWEEEE
    -Well now I’m depressed
    – Can I date him like plz
    and when finally finished
    -I CAN’T EVENNNNNN OH MY GOD THESE FEELINGS ARE JUST HOLY CRAP HE’S SO SWEET AND D’AWWW
    It’s such an adorable love story that you won’t be able to put down. I would know, I read it twice! It’s intriguing enough to make you want to devour the whole thing in a day if you’re just that interested (which you will be). The ending seems like a HEA, but I know that she’s just trying to live off the pain.
    Buy this if you want a quirky, cute, and sweet guys. It has just a right amount of all. This is her third book, and three is a charm :) She hit the nail right on the head with this book. I cannot wait to read more of her amazing contemporaries.
    Rating: 5/5 stars

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  3. Andi (Andi's ABCs) said,

    Wrote on August 4, 2014 @ 7:41 pm

    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Kasie West does it again!, July 1, 2014
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    Andi (Andi’s ABCs) (Boston, MA United States) –

    This review is from: On the Fence (Kindle Edition)
    Just when I think I can’t love Kasie West any more than I already do she goes and writes a book like On the Fence and I have to find a way to love her more. She completely nailed it with this one. She got the humor, the seriousness, and the uncertainty and the growing up down to perfection. I laughed, quite a lot actually, and I teared up. Honestly it was everything I hoped for and more.

    On the Fence is about Charlie, a tomboy with three older brothers, a cop for a dad, and a next door neighbor that is like part of the family. All her life she has been just one of the guys. She’s the jock, the easy target for teasing, the one that doesn’t want to stand out. But when she gets one too many speeding tickets her dad forces her to get a job. Now working at a boutique she never would have imagined working at Charlie’s whole life changes. Slowly things like clothes and makeup and dates start to mean something to her. And when she starts having late night chats with the boy next door, he starts to mean something too, something Charlie never saw coming and is terrified to deal with.

    No joke when I say that West nailed this story. She was so spot on about so much of it it’s insane. Charlie was the perfect example of a girl that was afraid to grow up because she was in a house of men. As long as she was one of the guys she was safe to be a part of everything. And I loved this about Charlie because it was true. Growing up around boys is hard and you want to fit in and not be different because once you are, things are weird and can’t go back. That’s why I think I liked Charlie so much. She was relatable that way. Seeing her interact with her brothers and Braden reminded me of growing up and some of the friends I had. It was one of my favorite parts of the book because it was so honest.

    I also liked how Charlie’s family’s past was dealt with as well. It was the more serious part of the book, and it was a theme throughout the story, but it wasn’t in your face the whole time. It was subtle and made important when it needed to be, but it was dealt with in an appropriate manner and it made sense. We always want to remember what we want to remember, so for Charlie to block some stuff out that was traumatic worked really well. And having adorable Braden by her said worked even better since he was pretty much perfect for her.

    Basically Kasie West wrote a fantastic book about friendship and love and growing up even if that means not fitting in 100%. The family connection was undeniable and Charlie was a character you can easily get behind and root for. The book was fun and fast paced and not even close to a chore to read. It is one of those books that will keep you up so you can finish even if you are beyond tired. Kudos Ms. West for yet another masterpiece. How long until The Fill-In Boyfriend??!!

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