Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Posted June 27, 2014 in Review / 6 Comments

On the fenceOn the Fence
By Kasie West
Expected publication July 1st, 2014
320 pages
Young Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: received from HarperTeen in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)



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About the book:

She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…


Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at a chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. 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.


Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.


It’s summer time.  That fabulous time for reading lots of books!  Lots of sunshine, rainbows, cotton candy and happiness.  None of those downer books about apocalypse, arms being ripped out of sockets, your dog died so you’re going on a bender of epic proportions and getting a tattoo.  NO, NO!  No dark books!  Those are for the rainy days.  Or in case you can’t stop smiling after you finish this book, because that is a strong possibility…

I loved how we’re introduced to Charlie.  She’s our narrator and she’s in the midst of getting pulled over for yet another speeding ticket.  Been there and done that myself so I could totally relate.  We’re quickly thrown into the battlefield called her family.  This family consists of three older brothers – Jerom, Nathan, and Gage – and their father who is a police officer.  Throw in the neighbor boy next door, Braden, who is always over and is considered family and you have a whole ton of testosterone and almost no estrogen.

The fact that Charlie is being raised in a household full of guys has led her to truly be a tom boy in every sense of the word.  She’s had to fend for herself through all the “fun” girlie growing up moments.  But she’s also one tough cookie, very smart, and extremely quick witted.

Yes, yes, this is a romance and from what you can tell from the synopsis, Charlie crushes on Braden.  Blah, blah, blah…  it’s a freaking awesome “love” story, yes.  BUT what did I enjoy the most in the story?  The brothers!!!  Their banter back and forth was freaking hysterical!!  If this is how Ms. West always writes, I HAVE got to read more of her books.  I ate up the dialogue between Charlie and her brothers (with and without Braden) like it was the last piece of dark chocolate on earth; I savored and devoured it!!! 

That is why I gave this book a five star review, in case you were actually wondering or unclear.

There is so much more to the story than what I’m alluding to, hinting at, or otherwise mentioning here that you really should just go read this.  I highly recommend this book to those readers that like YA that is fun, light-hearted, but maybe with a tiny touch of serious drama added in.  This book is a strong standout among the plethora of YA romantic books out on the shelves.

Got you wondering, don’t I?   You know you want to…  You can always cleanse your palate with a dark zombie book afterwards 😉


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kasie westAbout the author:

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.


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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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6 responses to “Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

  1. I totally agree. The banter with the brothers, the way they are so protective of her, ugh, it was such a great part of this story. I love how West writes. I loved The Distance Between Us so much. I didn’t like this one as much, though. The way it culminated between the main characters was not what I would have liked. I need more to happen, I needed it to be more romantic or heart wrenching, or something. But all in all I just couldn’t help but love it.
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