Kasie West, you steal my heart! On the Fence is such a heartfelt read and definitely one not to miss! For those of you who fell for the boy next door or always dreamed of having a worthy boy next door this story will warm your heart to the very core! I won't lie, I secretly always wished I had those "over protective" older brothers. This story really has it all: wit, humor, heartbreak, jealousy, coming of age, tragedy, family, friendship and of course LOVE! Lots of LOVE for West's On The Fence!
Summary Courtesy of Goodreads:
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.
Call me a cheeseball, but I seriously am addicted to these coming of age stories where characters really come into their own and begin to stop being the people they've been told to be or always thought they were and really blossom into the people they are from their core out. West does not disappoint in this case and On the Fence really scores!
One of my favorite aspects of On the Fence are the characters. They are all so well developed that the reader actually feels a part of the family. Each character, no matter how minor is well described and given a personality so their own that they shine. West is so detailed that I can hear the rowdy boys goofing off around the house and on the field and I can smell the incense from the little shop that Charlie works in. All of the details are so vivid and contribute to West's beautifully matriculate world building. It's almost like you all right into the pages and end up on the streets of Old Town.
If FEELS is what you're after, then let me tell you, West does not let readers down on that front! Wow. It's a slow build, which honestly is my favorite kind of build, filled with a growing friendship, inclusive of those jealous tingles and then it's just downright romantic in a way that will melt even the coldest of hearts! Braden is so worthy of the FEELS and he is absolutely perfect! Noble, patient, kind, funny, romantic and HOT! Did we already cover that front? Oh well... Counter that with tomboy Charlotte i.e. Charlie who is raised by wolves (alright, alright three brothers and a dad) and who suddenly is thrust into a girly world that changes the way others see her and also changes the way she starts to see herself and others who surround her! She's a strong willed girl which I love and like so many of us, she is trying to find out where she fits in.
We all try on different skins throughout life but the key is learning to be true to yourself...but who is that? Do not miss out on this wonderfully perfect read. Seriously! Get ready to fall in love this summer!