Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Review: On the Fence by Kasie WestOn the Fence by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 1st 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 296
Source: Edelweiss

For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, 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 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.


Another winner from Kasie West! On the Fence is a cute and fluffy read that just ooozes adorableness and heart.

So it’s about Charlie, a girl who’s better at being a boy than being a girl and Braden, the boy-next-door who may, or may not see the tomboy-ish girl as a real girl. There’s nothing too out of the ordinary here. It’s totally your typical best friends “you’re both kinda idiots but you’ll figure it out” love story, and that’s okay, because I still loved it to bits! (Actually it’s kind of two-in-one! Best friends and neighbour romance!)

Like I said, the romance is expected, but it was so much fun watching them figure out what’s going on with each other. It’s a slow and sweet romance built on friendship. Charlie and Braden are pretty competitive so it’s hilarious to see them get under each other’s skin and force them to try to one-up each other (in this game we call love … and all the sports, too).Even during their adorable fence chat, they’re competing to see who knows more about each other. They also make a really cute team when they need to.

“We are so winning.”

Braden smiled big. I knew I made the right choice holdin’ out for you to get home.”

“Darn straight.”

“Let’s go kick some butt,” he said, in his horrible imitation of me.

A low voice from across the hall said, “I could’ve killed you guys three times by now. Stop flirting with my sister and get your head in the game.”

For Charlie, this story is not only about falling in love, it’s figuring out how to be comfortable with herself. Because she feels like such a tomboy (she’s badass at sports) and knows nothing about being a girl (doesn’t know how to put make-up on), she always questions if boys even see or like her as girl.  I love that Braden always advocates to Charlie that any guy who likes her will like her for exactly who she is and not some “girly” fake version. He is super swoon-worthy.

I love the family aspect in this book, too. Did I mention Charlie has three older, absolutely hilarious and wonderful brothers, that go by the name of Jerom, Nathan and Gabe? They’re the type of brothers every girl could want. Love to tease but also loves you whole heartily. For example, they’re the ones who will set the dating rules, and also be there to intimate the date:

“Noted. So no dating guys who drink V8, wear loafers or too-short jeans-”

“Who set the too-short jean rule?”



“Hey, guys,” I said. “Don’t be idiots. This is Evan. Evan, the angry-looking one is Jerom, the constipated-looking one is Nathan, and the goofball on the right is Gabe.”

Gabe laughed. “Constipated, Nathan? We said to look fierce.”

They’re always there for her, and even Braden. Both Charlie and Braden has some tough issues to try to work out and it’s nice that they have each other for support. The fence chat is really special because it gave them a chance to create an even stronger bond, even if they don’t seem to admit to anyone else or even themselves for a while.

Overall, On the Fence was a really humourous and heartfelt read.  With wonderful family dynamic, great chemistry, and just plain lovable characters, it’s easy to get lost in their world. Definitely recommended when you’re in need of a good dose of adorableness.

PS. If you’ve read The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, there’s little surprises in store for you in this book!

{Thanks to Harper Teen & Edelweiss for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: On the Fence by Kasie West”

  1. awh yay! I have this one coming up for review and I am so in the mood for a nice fluffy read. I am just coming off reading a ghost story, a dystopian and a dark curse tale so fluffy is in order!

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    1. This is definitely the perfect read for when you need fluffy!
      Thanks (:

  2. Yayyy!!! I so loved this one. I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it too!! So much love for Kasie West. 🙂

    1. Definitely lots of love for Kasie West! I’m glad you loved it, too!

  3. Oh, this sounds as wonderful and funny as I hoped it would be! I love that they are competitive with each others all the while there’s an attraction *sigh* I also like the sound of those brothers;)
    Wonderful review, Cyn.

    1. Let me tell you, those brothers are definitely worth the book 😉

  4. Delightful review Cyn, you make me want to grab this one! The brothers sound interesting.

    1. Thanks! It’s perfect for when you need a cute read 😉 and yes, those brothers are definitely something!

  5. Awesome review Cyn, I really want to read this book because it’s so fluffy, cute and I like the sound of the romance and fence chats.

    1. Thanks, Jeann! The fence chats are so cute! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it!!

  6. This is fabulous news. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. I have been loving every KW book so far. I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!!

    1. Thanks (: I haven’t read West’s paranormal YA books, yet but I plan on it soon! I hope you love this one!!

  7. Ha ha, that first quote in your review! <3
    I can reread that part over and over again and have the same goofy smile on my face. In fact, I read that part six times when I was first reading On the Fence. It's just, -sighs- <3
    I love the brother's dating rules too! I was hoping that maybe there would be more dating rules mentioned in On the Fence. It'll be super cool if one of their dating rules were at the beginning of each chapter.
    Awesome review Cyn! (:

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