ARC REVIEW - On The Fence by Kasie West

Friday, June 13, 2014
On The Fence by Kasie West
Published by: Harper Teen on July 1st, 2014
Series: No
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Genre: Contemporary
Source: For Review
Rating: 5/5

FROM GOODREADS: 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 find love where you least expect.


My Dearest On The Fence,

*Le sigh* 

If I could sum up my review letter to you in just two words, those would be the words, because I did a lot of it while I was reading you. Kasie West has proven time and time again that she is an amazing storyteller, and On The Fence, you were no exception. You were absolutely adorable, and I just want to hug you to my chest forever and ever.

Your main character, Charlie, is one of the boys, and prides herself on the fact that she can beat them all at any and every game, but after getting a ticket from the police, Charlie's dad decides it's time for her to get a job. Of course, the one she finds is at a fru fru shop where she knows nothing. Charlie starts changing, and along with those changes, she finds that she's also falling for the boy next door, Braden. But Charlie doesn't know if Braden feels the same, or if she wants to risk their friendship by finding out.

Charlie was adorable. She's your typical tomboy, but she reminded me of myself when I was younger. I only had boys my age in my neighborhood to play with so I was the same way. Braden is a catch, too. I'll be adding him to my book boyfriend list, for sure. 

There are some underlying issues in you, On The Fence, too when it comes to Charlie's missing mother figure, and when I found out what really happened, my heart shattered for Charlie. My mom read you, as well, and I found her crying when she read that part. It hit both of us hard, because something like that happened with my mom's mom too. I won't go into details, because I don't want to spoil anything. 

I really enjoyed seeing a few brief appearances from characters from The Distance Between Us. I love that your author did that!! Another character I loved was Charlie's boss. She may seem a little cuckoo, but she means well, and she was the perfect person to help Charlie find herself. 

All in all, On The Fence, you were everything I was expecting and more. You made me giggle, cry, and swoon in equal measures. You are my new favorite from Kasie, honestly. I cannot recommend you enough, and for that reason, I give you five hearts! Bravo, Kasie! 

Hugging you to my chest always,


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  1. Awwwww, I really want to read On The Fence now! I hope I'll get to it soon, sounds like a wonderful book and the perfect summer read!! =D

    1. READ IT, READ IT, READ IT! Haha, do you feel the pressure yet? It def is the perfect summer read!!!

  2. I'm so glad you liked this one! A lot of people seem to not and they favor TDBU instead, but I'm totally in this camp. I grew up in a family of all boys (9 cousins, all boys), and this was very reminiscent of my life. I played ALL the sports (and I mean all of them) and felt very connected to Charlie. So happy!

    1. YES! I was too! I connected to her so much, because of that. Glad I'm not the only girl who was surrounded by boys, and grew up as a total tom boy! I'm glad you liked it too, Cassie! :D

  3. Awwww :) That was the sweetest review ever.

  4. I love your reviews! I really want to read this one. I read and loved Pivot Point and Split Second, and my daughter read OTF and loved it.

    1. Aw I LOVE this comment! I really look up to you, Andye, so hearing (er, seeing) that you love my reviews means so much to me!!! I love love love PP and SS as well!!

  5. Aaaand thank you for confirming that I need this book immediately, the minute it comes out. :D *sigh*

  6. Okay so you got me really really curious about what happened to Charlie's mom. I've read and love Kasie West contemporary books before, so this is high on my TBR list!
    Thank you for sharing :D

    Neysa @ Papier Revue

    1. Haha, you'll have to read it to find out, Neysa! I hope you enjoy OTF as much as I did!! :)

  7. AMAZING REVIEW BESTIE<3!!!! I was already excited for this book but your review made me so much more excited! Especially with the mention of seeing characters from The Distance Between Us! AHHH hurry up July so I can read this!!!!

  8. I loved On The Fence, it was adorable and just made me so happy. Now I know that I need to read The Distance Between Us since a few of the characters made an appearance!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

    1. YES!!! The Distance Between Us is what made me a contemporary reader!! I absolutely adored it as much as OTF!!! I hope you do too, Kristin! :)


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