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.
On the Fence was a quick summer read for me and I really enjoyed this book. Charlie enters a new world of strange clothes and scary makeup when she gets a new job to pay off her speeding tickets. Playing sports and hanging out with her brothers is what she is used to. She’s afraid that her brothers will laugh at her if they see her in new clothes and makeup. Can she stay true to herself with this new look? Plus, how should she deal with the possibility of a boyfriend!? Charlie faces many new decisions in On the Fence that many of us have probably also faced. In this stand-alone contemporary, Kasie West delivers not only a cute romance but also a relatable main character that I think many readers will like.
I felt bad for Charlie that she never had her mom to help her navigate and understand girl stuff. I thought Charlie was brave for trying something new on her own, even if it took time for her to have the courage to stand before her brothers like that.
Not only clothes though, she also had to deal with boys! Lol, boys and their drama. A new guy is interested in Charlie and she isn’t quite sure how to act around him. Will he like her sporty side? Then there is also the best friend/neighbor who is suddenly acting differently around her. And don’t even get me started on her brothers! After reading this book, I’m 100% sure I would never want older brothers. They were overprotective of her and a lot of times I just wanted to hit them all upside the head.
I did like Braden though. He understood that Charlie shouldn’t try to be less sporty just to make a guy like her. You should never have to give up something you love for a guy. Braden liked Charlie for who she was and I loved reading their night talks by the fence. On the Fence does touch on some deeper topics that added good depth to this book. This wasn’t just a cute silly romance, but a book with relatable characters and topics. I will say that I didn’t think On the Fence had as much humor for me as Kasie West’s previous books, but I loved it all the same!