Book Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

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Title: On the Fence

Author: Kasie West

Series: None

Publisher: Harper Teen

Release Date: July 1, 2014


Book Summary:

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.


So totally thrilled that I just read a book released by a national young adult publisher that is sweet, romantic and totally squeaky clean! Books like this are exactly why I originally started reading young adult literature.

I love when an author can tell a great story without including language, innuendo or sex. Kudos to Kasie West for doing just that.

In a day and age where publishers are all too often refusing to publish books without added language and sexual content  I appreciate the fact that Harper Teen published this book without any of that unnecessary content.

On the Fence was a lot of fun to read.  I love the interaction between Charlie and her brothers.  And of course couldn’t help but love her fourth “brother” Braden. This is a coming of age story where we get to see Charlie have her first kiss, wear make up for the first time and come to terms with a past she has been running from. Laugh out loud funny I had no hesitation handing this to my teenage daughter as soon as I finished it. She is only a couple chapters in and already loving it. While the ultimate outcome might be predictable the road to getting there had enough twists and turns to keep me engaged and wondering how it was all going to play out.

If you enjoy friends to lovers stories that focus on the innocence of young love where a simple touch, wink or smile are enough to set a young girl’s heart a-fluttering then you will enjoy this.  If you prefer innuendo, crude thoughts and comments and characters who just want to jump between the sheets then this won’t be for you.

This is exactly my kind of book!

5 stars

Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it

Content: Clean

Source: review copy

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  1. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections says:

    I read this about a week ago and I loved it so much! I have no problem with innuendo etc, but it’s nice that they can still manage a good book without it. I just loved the playful banter between Charlie and her brothers. It was so cute.

  2. I loved this book too! Charlie and her brothers are awesome 😀 Kasie West is a must read author for me~

  3. I LOVE Kasie West’s The Distance Between Us! It is fantastic!