Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Coming of Age
Published by HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 1st 2014
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Buy the book: Amazon



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.

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This book was so perfectly cliché. Charlie is a tomboy who was raised by her single father and three older brothers. The story revolves around her learning that she can both embrace some of the more feminine aspects of being a woman and still be athletic.

This personal journey is further complicated by the strange new things she starts to feel for Braden. Not only is Braden her best friend, but he’s a little older, lives next door, and is also great friends with all of her brothers. Because of his complicated home live, he practically grew up in her house, and everyone, including Charlie, assumes that he sees her as nothing more than a little sister. See why a relationship with him would be complicated?


When the book started Charlie and Braden obviously had a great friendship, but it is taken to a whole nother level when they start spending their nights chatting beneath the stars on opposite sides of the fence that separates their back yards. (Hence the name of the book)


While I enjoyed the romance, I enjoyed it in a different way than I usually do. I never got that feeling of wanting them to hurry up and confess their feelings for each other. It was almost as though their friendship was enough for me, and that has never happened before. It’s not that I didn’t want them to get together, it’s that I didn’t need them to get together in a romantic sense.. They were soul mates whether they decided to stay friends or try for something more. Declaring their love for each other and kissing just didn’t make them any cuter than when they were chatting by the fence or talking about sports.

Trust me, the romance is there in this book, but you will enjoy their relationship as a whole. That’s how well it is written.


I also loved all of her brothers, and wish each and every one of them could get their own book. They all had distinct and interesting personalities, and they all loved the heck out of their sister.

This book was so much fun and very adorable. Charlie’s stubborn streak could get annoying and times, and I didn’t like it when she and Braden had misunderstandings, but I also knew they would get it together eventually. A friendship like that can withstand almost anything, even romance.


I didn’t like this one quite as much as The Distance Between Us but I didn’t expect to. However, this has just become one of  my favorite books about childhood friends falling in love, and that is a big freaking deal.

If you like cute sweet romances about people who obviously belong together finally getting together, this is a great option.


Because of mild language, I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up. There was no sexual content.

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Author Biography

About Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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2 thoughts on “Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

  1. I know that at the start of the review you said this was cliche but you know what, I recently read Anna and the French Kiss which I see as a very cliched romance. But it was still brilliant because sometimes cliches can still be good, depending on how you write them! Oh, and I like the sound of this one! It seemed like even their friendship part was good for you!

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