Title: On The Fence
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult
Published: July 2014, Harper Teen
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
BACK COVER BLURB:
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.
3 of 5 stars to On The Fence by Kasie West
“We can’t let boys define how we feel about ourselves. You have to know who you are before you should let any boy worth anything in.”
First of all, isn’t the cover art so cute and ‘summery’? 😉 And that line above which I quoted from the book, it’s so cliche and teenager-ish, right? But even so, I like it. Sometimes, we need a little trip down memory lane and remember how we used to be when we were young and carefree and in high school to remind us that getting old doesn’t mean getting rid of the fun.
Anyway, onto the review. I had a hard time rating this one. I was expecting to find a cute, fluffy read—and I got it—but somehow, there was something that’s lacking which I could not exactly pin point. Don’t get me wrong, I like this book and I had fun reading it but it lacked the ‘wow’ factor I was looking for.
Maybe it’s because Charlie and Braden didn’t share a lot of momentous scenes or that there were a lot of minor characters that took away the essence of the story or that Charlie and Braden became annoying at some point. Maybe what really irked me was the fact that the story didn’t really have a huge conflict, a turning point, a rising action that would lead to an amazing and touching resolution or ending. But whichever may be the reason, this was still a feel good book I couldn’t put down. 3 stars.