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.
|I never thought I’d say it, but On The Fence was even better than The Distance Between Us! Kasie has created a family in the Reynolds that is strong and incredibly tight knit (and they are definitely my new favourite fictional family) and a brilliantly strong character in Charlie. I was laughing and swooning, but also was incredibly choked up.
Charlie was the kind of girl who grew up with 3 older brothers who played and watched every sport they possibly could, and a father who was a cop. Her mother passed away when she was only 6, so she never had that female influence that is so integral to a young girl growing up. When Charlie has to get a job, she ends up at a girly girl store, where the owner is the exact kind of motherly influence she never thought she wanted. And it really starts to make Charlie see what she has possibly been missing. What I really loved about her was that she had a ton of flaws. Kasie West didn’t try to make her out to be this perfect 16 year old girl who had it all figured out. She was confused about boys, hair, make-up and clothes, and she made mistakes.
The family dynamics had to be my absolute favourite part of the entire story. I always thought The Garretts from My Life Next Door would be my favourite fictional family, but they have been bumped over for the rowdy, over bearing and over protective, sports playing, and absolutely adorable Reynolds family. Charlie’s 3 older brothers, Jerom (in my opinion a very out of place name in that fam) Nathan and Gage, with Braden being the 4th brother-from-another-mother neighbour. They play tackle football, disc golf, hang out on the couch together, and basically are just a very tight knit family. Her dad had me choking up too, as he had no idea how to raise a single teenage girl in a household full of guys, but he loved her so much, and just fumbled his way through it. He stole my heart!
And now, the romance. Kasie West basically must write straight from my head because she writes these incredibly swoony scenes that aren’t crazy overboard, but are just so subtle that it’s impossible not to “awww” at every single one. Braden was the perfect guy for Charlie. he knew what she was really like, he played sports with her, and he let her talk freely during their middle of the night fence chats.
Pretty much anything that Kasie West writes is beyond perfect, but with an incredibly touching and throat tightening aspect to it. I will read anything she writes. Anything. Go read this book guys. It’s perfect for when you’re feeling down, up, happy, sad, excited, lonely, on the beach, in bed, on the bus, standing in line, and pretty much anywhere.