aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows – including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. 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 of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.
To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. 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.
First Sentence: The engine whined against my attempt to go faster.
Almost everybody I know loves Kasie West’s books. Her books, however, are either a hit or a miss for me. I loved, loved, absolutely loved Split Second (it is one of my favorite books of 2014 and one of the two 5-star books I gave this year) while The Distance Between Us, the sort of companion novel to On The Fence, failed to impress me much. I didn’t know how I’ll feel about On The Fence when I first started it – all I was really hoping for was for it to impress me more than The Distance Between Us did. I didn’t want to be the only person disappointed with a book that everyone else loved. Imagine my surprise when I actually did enjoy reading On The Fence.
On The Fence is nothing but adorable. It’s a light fluffy book that had me laughing at times and smiling like a fool at other times. I just couldn’t put On The Fence down – I was reading it while I was out browsing the Apple store, reading it while I was walking, reading it while I was on the subway standing without a pole in sight to hold onto, and reading it in the dim light even though it practically made me blind. I literally breezed through On The Fence in three hours. I just couldn’t get enough of it in my life.
“Almost as if I have two lives.”
“This life, our fence life. And then our day life.”
“I know what you mean.”
“Why do we do that? Why do we pretend during the day that this doesn’t happen?” (ARC 159)
I absolutely love the family moments between Charlie and her brothers. Charlie’s brothers were hilarious and I adored their relationship with Charlie. Charlie’s brothers genuinely cared for her and I just couldn’t help but admire that kind of brother-sister relationship, especially after hearing and witnessing all my female friends’ non-existent relationships with their brothers. I constantly found myself wishing that I had older brothers like Charlie’s while I was reading On The Fence. I would beg, borrow, or steal for brothers like Charlie’s.
Unlike The Distance Between Us, I definitely felt the chemistry between Charlie and Braden in On The Fence. Their romance were just so sweet and they just get each other so much that I couldn’t help but cheer for both of them. Their relationship was basically perfect and I was still thinking about them hours after I was finished with On The Fence, wishing that I had a relationship like theirs. Too bad I don’t have a cute neighbor that lives next door.
“I thought you weren’t going to tell me.”
He propped himself up on his elbow. “Wait. What are you talking about?”
“What are you talking about?” (ARC 273)
I don’t know if you guys know this because I certainly didn’t, but there was a short Caymen moment in On The Fence. If you guys don’t know or forgot who Caymen is, Caymen is the main character in Kasie West’s The Distance Between Us. I practically flailed in excitement when Caymen made her appearance.
Overall, On The Fence definitely did impress me. I just want to hug the book all day and think about Charlie and Braden together. Excuse me while I reread my favorite parts again…