Published by Harper Teen on 01 July 2014
Genres: Adolescence, Contemporary Romance, Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Friends to Lovers, Friendship, Love & Romance, Parents, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
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Also by this author: The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point, Split Second, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You
Place(s) Traveled To: Old Town, California // McKinley, California
First Line(s): The engine whined against my attempt to go faster.
I first became a fan of Kasie West when I read her contemporary debut, The Distance Between Us and she became an autobuy author when I read (and devoured) Pivot Point. So I was very excited to be able to read and review her newest contemporary, On the Fence, as it features two of my favorite tropes – the boy next door and friends to lovers. So I knew the moment that I read the synopsis that this would be a book for me. And it was. I just loved every page and while I didn’t like this one as much as The Distance Between Us there was much bonding and fangirling and I am totally buying any and all Kasie West contemporaries from here on out.
Charlie isn’t your typical girl next door character, she’s tough and tomboyish and isn’t a girly-girl. She grew up in a house surrounded by brothers and one of her biggest loves is playing soccer. She’s not afraid to wrestle with the boys and can often hold her own against them. This makes her a little itimidating but she was so down to earth that she was an easy character to relate to. I just loved how she and her family got along and I liked that she had to face consquences for her actions. Because the end result of her having to find a job in order to pay off a speeding ticket is that she ends up finding herself as well. Not that Charlie is a lost soul but its really nice to see a character change and grow over the course of a book. I like how Charlie becomes comfortable in her own skin and embraces being a girl (and the girly-girl things that come with it) as well as staying true to the things she loves, like playing soccer and being ‘one of the guys.’
I also liked how there were cameos in On the Fence from The Distance Between Us. This just adds a bit of realism into the story and I loved seeing more of Skye Lockwood who was just such a fun character in Distance. I also really loved Braden and how he fit so well into Charlie’s life although that is also cause for a bit of tension as he is her brothers best friend. I thought that their story was really sweet and real and I just loved their chats by the fence at night. Though I hated how each day they’d act like nothing happend. I just wanted them to get together sooner and admit they liked each other. Though its easy to understand why they avoided doing so at the same time. So much would change if they upset the balance of their friendship as it wasn’t just about them. There was the whole Reynolds clan to contend with as well. HAve I mentioned how much I loved this family? This is how brothers should act with a sister not like in that other book where the family was just awful!
Good secondary characters can really make a story and West does a great job with them. So much so that I wish that all the Reynolds boys would get a story of their own though at the same time I’m really happy with this book as is and look forward to the many re-reads that are in my future. On the Fence is a story filled with cuteness and its one that I recommend to all lovers of contemporary stories. Its fast paced and fun and would make a great beach read. Its also left me yearning for more Kasie West books and I’m already dreaming of May 2015 when The Fill-In Boyfriend is released.