Monday, June 16, 2014

Reveiw: On the Fence

Title: On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Harper Teen 
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

If you have read my blog even the slightest bit you know that I adore Kasie West and have loved every single one of her books. You quickly became of my favorite authors after blowing me away with both Pivot Point and The Distance Between Us. After reading both of those I knew I had to read anything and everything Kasie West wrote. So of course when On the Fence found it's way to my mailbox, I was thrilled! I picked it up that night and began reading it. I finished it a couple days and happy to say that West has written another great book. 

One of the things that I love about Kasie West's writing is her ability to create a story that completely engulfs you. It's so easy to get lost into the story and I love that. On the Fence is the same way. From page one I was commited to the story. On the Fence isn't a difficult read. It's a fun read. Sure there are some not so fun moments (it wouldn't really be a story without some bad moments) but overall it's a fun, happy story that is a perfect summer read. 

While I did love the story and the writing, I must say that On the Fence is actually my least favorite book by Kasie West. It's not that I didn't like the story because I so obviously did but I just didn't connect to it as much as I had previous books. I think the main thing that I didn't like so much was Charlie. I just didn't love her like I have other characters. She did grow on me as the story progressed but it took a little more time. 

I did like Charlie and Braden's relationship but I did get a little frustrated with them at times. There was a lot of miscommunication and confusion that I could have done without. I just wished they would have put their feelings out there in the open a little sooner. 

Another thing I LOVED was Charlie's brothers. I liked seeing how growing up in an all male household effected her. It was definitely interesting seeing how much it did actually influence how she acted and who she was. 

On the Fence is a fun read! Anyone looking for a good book to take to the beach or just a summer read in general should check out this book. I can't wait for more books by Kasie West!


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