Thursday, October 30, 2014
Review: On the Fence by Kasie West
Summary 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..
So far I've now read all of this authors novels, and my favorite one was The Distance Between Us, her other contemporary. However, this book was a close second, because I adored this one so much, it made me laugh at parts and nearly cry as well.
I loved both of the main characters, Charlie and Braden, and how their love story spanned years instead of the instant-love crap. West is so great at writing characters that by the end of the book you're head over heels for every single one. :) Plus it has been a while since I've read a book where the main character is not just a tom boy in every single way, instead Charlie is just herself, sports and make-up.
I recommend checking out her contemporary novels and her science fiction ones as well.
Five Stars Out of Five