Title: On The Fence
Author: Kasie West
Published: July 1, 2014 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Period: August 10-13, 2017
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.
One of Kasie West novels is One The Fence. It piqued my curiosity because the premise is interesting though I could already feel that some parts are predictable. I made a mistake in reading The Fill-In Boyfriend first before this one because I got confused with the publication dates of each book.
Charlie is athletic and competitive. She acts and dress likes a tomboy because she grew up around boys (3 brothers and a cop father). She got a job from a local clothes shop where she needs to wear dress and other clothes she’s not comfortable wearing. Charlie is close with Braden who lives next door, whose friends with her brothers.
What I like in On the Fence is the closeness between Charlie and her brothers. Her brothers influenced Charlie a lot in terms of her personality and how she behaves. I kind of jealous of Charlie because I don’t have any big brother who cares for because I’m the eldest. I’m jealous because I want a big brother who will protect me and treat me like I’m one of the boys. Charlie is very lucky to have amazing brothers and a wonderful father who fill in the gaps that her mother couldn’t.
I quiet can relate to Charlie because of her personality. I think we’re the same in terms of competitiveness and athleticism. What makes us different is that Charlie is a teenage girl who is longing for a mother’s love and care. That is why I understand why Charlie lied about her mother being alive. She didn’t grow up with her and doesn’t want to get the pity eyes from others. She is also having nightmares about her mother because in her subconscious mind she always thinks about her mother.
At first, I do feel that Braden likes Charlie romantically and Charlie’s brother already knows about it. However, when Braden rejected Charlie! Oh man, that hurts! I was rooting for Charlie and Braden because I like their special bond that was form on the fence that is exclusively for them. Their fence life is another jealous. I can’t help but wish to have a fence life with someone too. I think what Charlie and Braden have on their fence life is sweet. Their closeness grows as well as their feelings for each other. Also, I like it when Braden is threatened by Evan’s presence but hate Charlie that she pretends in front of Evan.
Skye is in this book which makes this book exciting! Also, Caymen and Xander were mentioned.
Linda represents wisdom and motherly care. I like how she reaches out to Charlie and how she accepted Charlie despite what happened between them.
I noticed that there are so many things are happening in one day. There are so many revelations that I find it suffocating if I’m Charlie.
On the Fence is light and entertaining. However, I could feel that the book would like to project some mysteriousness and almost, but not quite, achieve that.
“You gotta do your best to be the best”
“We are never fair judges of ourselves. An outside observer is much more likely to accurately tell us what looks the best on us.”