On The Fence by Kasie West
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 am so glad that I read this book in Australia's Autumn when it was still warm so it felt like a summer read which is exactly what it is! Currently it is pretty damn freezing where I am at uni so there is no way I would be able to read this book right now.
I absolutely adored this book! It is a perfect summer read and a great light contemporary read. Charlie is a girl who loves playing sports and just hanging around with her 3 brothers & neighbor. Expect now that Charlie has gotten another speeding ticket her father who is a cop is making her get a job & work off the cost of the tickets. Working in a clothing store is completely not Charlie, she wears tight jeans and flowery tops which is not her normal tom-boy look.
I love the relationship that Charlie has with the three of her brothers, Jerom, Nathan & Gage, they all get along and have fun which is exactly what this family relationship was. Charlie has the most in common with Gage since they are the closet in age & the banter & tips that what Charlie should look for in a guy are hilarious like:
"Never date a guy whose jeans don'y cover his ankles."
Braden is her neighbor and Gage's best friend who pretty much spends all his time over that their house. After Charlie's nightmares start to get worse about what happened the night her mother died it is Braden who starts to help her through these nightmares & times when she cannot sleep. It becomes known as their "fence" chats which also draw them closer together.
Charlie really grows as a character through working at the clothing store with Linda and Skye becoming friends with them. The girls even manage to get Charlie to go on a date with Evan which puts a strain on her relationship with Braden. Evan was a great character even though he was really more suited as a friend for Charlie he got along with all her brothers which made him become more apart of the story.
I really loved Charlie she wasn't our average female protagonist she was sporty, a tom boy, doesn't care about make up and dress she just did what she wanted to and had fun. When she finds out why she has been having the nightmares, Braden and Gage are really there for her which is what makes her relationship to each of them unique in the book.
On The Fence is a great summery read about growing up, learning to deal with traumatic events and first love.
Thanks Harper Collins Australia for the ARC!