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.
So…when can I start living in a Kasie West novel? I’ve read all of her books so far and I’ve found that, even the ones that are 100% contemporary, are completely full of magic. Her writing pulls me into her books so easily that it’s impossible not to read them in one sitting.
While perhaps not Charlie’s exact experience growing up, I grew up with three brothers, too, so it was easy to fall into the dynamic that Kasie West set up between her and her siblings. It was a lot of fun seeing their antics, their playful competitiveness, and their teasing. Plus, their protectiveness definitely kicked in, too. It’s still a rare occasion when I see a focus on family life in YA, so it was really nice to have Charlie’s featured so well. In addition to the sibling relationship, Kasie West wrote such a sweet relationship between Charlie and her dad, and I enjoyed how Charlie was able to come to terms with things from her past as well.
The romance aspect of On The Fence was simply adorable. Charlie and Braden have known each other for most of their lives and it was thrilling to see their friendship evolve into something more. Although Charlie and Braden already know plenty about each other at the beginning of the novel, I really loved how Kasie West had them discover even more during their late night chats, managing to deepen their feelings. Wonderful stuff, let me tell you.
Kasie West’s writing is so full of heart and feeling and I can’t wait to read everything of hers in the future. She has become a reliable go-to for swoony, comfort reads and I have no doubt she will continue to deliver.
can kasie west write a cute boy next door into my life?