How has your weekend been? Mine has been pretty uneventful really because I swear I have the plague because I feel like death. Because of this, I have just been sitting on my computer all day really; I have been completely obsessed with a game I got maybe last year? I can’t remember. It’s called Civilisation VI and it is so good. I did use to play it a lot but not recently and now I’m back into it and YASSS!!! But anyway, I’ll get into the review. Sorry if it’s short or bad like I said I feel like crap.
Title: On The Fence
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: 1st July 2014
Summary: 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 neighbour 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.
I picked this up because it’s Kasie West and she does the stereotypical cute teen romance perfectly and sometimes you just need a sweet romance in your life to cheer you up and make you feel great. Even if the plot isn’t the most dramatic and gripping thing ever written. Although this one does have a slightly dark turn of events which was a little shocking. Other than not mentioning anything about this shocking event in the blurb, I think it describes the book pretty perfectly. It talks about the key features without giving everything away. Although, saying that you basically know the outcome when you pick one of these types of books up anyway. I don’t mind that because that’s really what I am signing up for. So if predictability isn’t your thing, then maybe avoid this…and most cute YA romances.
Writing Style: I always like Kasie West’s writing. She’s great at depicting teens accurately, which you know is a big thing for me when it comes to my enjoyment of a book. It’s not very flowery, far more straight forward but still enjoyable. I am really too ill to be doing this because I can’t think of anything to say 😥
Characters/Relationships: My favourite part about this whole book was the relationship and banter she created between Charlie and her brothers. It was incredible. The clear highlight for me. It made me feel like I was at home like I was part of the family with them, and this is the real reason I could not recommend this enough.
As for Braden, oooft. He is a gem and a half. He’s up there with some of my favourite male love interests. He was so sweet and considerate, but he never let his feelings get in the way of friendship. He understood that sometimes you have to put friendship first and I liked the realisticness of that.
Charlie for me was a bit of a Wildcard. Sometimes I really liked her and then others I was like meh. It was really when she was left to her own thoughts and she was on her own that I found her slightly bland. But as soon as she was chatting or interacting with someone, she was far more vibrant of a character.
Their relationship was incredible. I loved their friendship to love story. It was heart-breaking in a good way if that makes sense. I was so happy for them my heart-broke?
I don’t remember disliking anyone particularly…accept her dad. I really didn’t like him. He annoyed me. He seemed slightly forced. Like he did things to progress the plot and not because it fits with the other elements of his character.
If you couldn’t tell I really liked this book. It had all the hallmarks of a great contemporary teen romance. 4/5 stars. I hope to read her book The Fill-In Boyfriend next because that sounds even better than this!! I am so sorry this is so short, but since starting this I feel even worse so I am off to sleep for a decade and try to recover. I hope you all feel far better than me. I will try to see you back again tomorrow for whatever I post then.