Review: On The Fence by Kasie West

November 10, 2014 Review 39 ★★★★

Review: On The Fence by Kasie West
On The Fence by Kasie West by Kasie West
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Pages: 296
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


It appears as though I am on a contemporary binge, because On The Fence is the third book in the genre I have read and enjoyed in these past few days. It’s a cute, quick read that is a lot of fun and leaves you smiling.

I love when a book explores familial relationships instead of just focusing on romance, and this one did just that.  Because I don’t have brothers, or any siblings of my own, I really enjoyed experiencing the family dynamics in this book. It makes me both wish for brothers and be thankful I don’t have them at the same time, which I guess is the very epitome of the brother.

Charlie is our main character here, and she’s definitely different than your ordinary female protagonist. Growing up surrounded by guys, she knows next to nothing about average girl things, which I thought was a very cute and humorous addition to the story. Whether it’s wondering what a BeDazzler is or experimenting with makeup for the first time, these things really gave Charlie a lot of personality and realism, making her an easy character to root for.

One fault I do have to point out is that it isn’t very memorable. It’s a cute story, and an entertaining one, but it doesn’t  have a lot of takeaway. This is even more prominent because of my last read, Rites of Passage, which left me with so much to think about.

“Sometimes we expect more than people are capable of giving at the moment.”

That’s not to say the book has no depth, because it really does. On The Fence briefly touches on darker subjects like grief and finally coming to terms with it. However, these issues were frequently put on the back-burner, and sometimes it felt like they were just thrown in to add a bit more to the story.

I had an ARC of this but I also bought it in paperback because I could just tell it was going to be one of those books you turn to when you need something easy and sweet. Definitely recommended for contemporary fans or even readers that are a little hesitant towards the genre.

Rating Report
Overall: 4

39 Responses to “Review: On The Fence by Kasie West”

  1. Mishma @ As the page turns

    I liked this book a lot but not as much as I expected I would do.On the fence was a great read for those who like light contemporary romance, but otherwise it wasn’t unforgettable.
    I loved Charlie’s family though.Her brothers and father were really great!
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  2. Kirsty-Marie

    It was my first Kasie West so I was afraid because of the hype, but loved it. I couldn’t stop smiling throughout it, (especially all the banter and just how much like a real family they act, it’s not all sibling rivalry etc) and oh the romance, I can’t. With you though, I thought it would’ve gone deeper with her mother, especially because of the build-up towards the truth. Still loved it either way. :)
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    • Alise

      Don’t you love it when the hype actually pays off? :) Right? I loved that so much, it made me wish I had brothers like that. Exactly! I think that could have been developed a lot more.

  3. Nick @ Nick's Book Blog

    I loved the family dynamics in this one too. Charlie’s brothers were adorable and I love how close they were. I agree that this wasn’t entirely memorable though. But it’s cute book to spend some time with.
    Also yay for going through a contemporary phase! It’s a great genre with tons of amazing books!
    Lovely review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      Same! It really made me wish I had a larger more close-knit family. For sure, it’s one to bring out when you don’t feel like starting the next epic fantasy.

      It is! I used to avoid the genre but now I’ve really come to like it.

      Thank you :D

  4. Angel @ Spare Reads

    Well, it’s always nice to have a comfort book, something you can turn back to whenever you are in a book slump. They story sounds very entertaining and I really enjoy best friends turned lovers sort of romance, so I will definitely read it! It seems that you can never be wrong to go with Kasie West when it comes to contemporary romance ;)
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    • Alise

      Oh, definitely! This one is great for that. Ooh, you would definitely like the romance in this one then :D Yeah, she really writes well. I need to read The Distance Between Us sometime soon!

  5. Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

    Family relationships? A cute romance? WHAT ELSE COULD ONE WANT?!? I’ve heard so many fabulous things about this, but for some reason I’ve neglected to pick it up. Your review has definitely convinced me though! Thanks for sharing Alise! :D
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  6. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Kasie West seems like she can do no wrong with her contemporary books! I have yet to read this one, but it sounds like a very cute summery read perfect for the holidays (well, for us Aussies at least). I’m an only child as well so I love reading about family dynamics between siblings. It seems like so much fun having older brothers, but I can totally tell how overbearing they can be as well. Wonderful review Alise xx
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    • Alise

      That’s what a lot of people have been saying! I’ve read Pivot Point but not The Distance Between us but now I’m excited to. Oh, definitely-that’s a great idea! Perfect summer read. Yay, another lonely only ;) Right? Haha. Thank you! :)

  7. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    Fantastic review, Alise! I’m so glad you enjoyed this one. It definitely sounds like the perfect book for a cute, short, pick-me-up. I’m actually sorry to say that I haven’t read this one year. I read The Distance Between Us, Pivot Point and Split Second all in the same month earlier this year, so was sure to put this on hold at the library as soon as was possible. However, I had to take it back to the library unread as I never got around to it…your review has definitely informed me that I should get onto it sooner rather than later, thanks for sharing! :)
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    • Alise

      Thank you so much! That’s exactly what it was! Aw, no, that has happened to me so many times too. At least you read her other books :D I still need to read Distance. I hope you like this one whenever you check it out again :)

  8. Tiffany (AboutToRead)

    Really liked this one as well. It was so sweet and I also loved the family dynamics. Seeing Charlie grow up and mature was also great since she wasn’t the nicest in the beginning.

    • Alise

      Pivot Point was great! I really liked that one too. I still need to read her other contemporary but I do love her writing.

  9. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I’ve seen heaps of people talking about how much they love this book.

    I think it’s a bit disappointing that the darker themes in the novel seemed to be there only for “fleshing” out the story :/

    I have never read many cute, fluffy romances. I saw this for $9 the other day, so maybe I will give it a go! I never know when i might need something cute to lift me up.
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    • Alise

      There’s got to be something to it then ;)

      Yeah, although I do tend to see that a lot in contemporary books, it’s a shame.

      It’s perfect for that :D I hope you like it if you ever get around to reading it!

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