Sunday, 10 August 2014

Review - On the Fence by Kasie West

Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Pages: 320
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release date: 1st July 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss*

3/5 stars

Charlie lives with her dad and three protective older brothers. 
She is a total tomboy so when she gets a job at a boutique to pay off a speeding fine Charlie's eyes are opened to a new world of make-up and skinny jeans.
Charlie starts talking to her neighbour Braden, who is like a brother to her, when she can't sleep at night at the fence that separates their gardens. 

It took me a while to connect with Charlie but once I did I liked her.
I loved Charlie's brothers and how protective they were of her, especially when it came to other guys. 
I thought it was good that characters from The Distance Between Us were mentioned (Caymen was in one scene and Skye was in a few parts of the book).
I had to keep blinking away tears towards the end of the book when something sad was revealed and then the happy ending made me tear up a bit too.
I enjoyed reading as Charlie realised that there was more to her than she thought and grew as a person.
The storyline was slightly predictable but I enjoyed the writing style.
I like the cover but I'm not sure why the girl on it is wearing a dress when Charlie is a tomboy.

Overall this was a good summer read that I enjoyed.