On the Fence

On the Fence

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She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door. With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out-she's fallen for him. 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. On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 17mm | 224g
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062235672
  • 9780062235671
  • 97,679

Back cover copy

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 a 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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"An antidote to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful." Kirkus Reviews
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Praise for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US: "THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US shines! This book is rich with sparkling dialogue, clever wit and sweet romance." -- Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE "An antidote to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful." -- Kirkus Reviews The charming story is beautifully written, and the characters are well developed. West's novel is sweet and captivating. -- School Library Journal Praise for PIVOT POINT "An expertly plotted, deliciously clever story." -- Kiersten White, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of PARANORMALCY "PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It's a truly remarkable debut." -- Robison Wells, author of VARIANT "West's premise is a winner, and Addie is the kind of heroine readers would want as a best friend-loyal, unpretentious, and thoughtful...What truly makes West's story memorable, however, is Addie's wry humor...and the book's fascinating exploration of how life can change with one simple choice." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "West's debut showcases riveting storytelling." -- Kirkus Reviews "With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouthwatering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I've read." -- Elana Johnson, author of POSSESSION "West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel...is a welcome change." -- School Library Journal
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About Kasie West

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.
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Rating details

58,052 ratings
4.03 out of 5 stars
5 37% (21,565)
4 36% (20,736)
3 21% (12,380)
2 5% (2,620)
1 1% (751)

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I am completely in love with Kasie West and her ability to write the most adorable stories. So far I have loved every single one of the books she has ever put out. So I was beyond curious to see if she would do it again, and she totally did! On The Fence delivered. It was a cute story that went beyond fluffy, summery writing but still didn't take itself too seriously. It featured West's now signature style of amazing, relatable heroines and a supporting cast that was more than just added secondary characters, to the point that you learned everyone's name and cared for their individual stories. I loved Charlie. She was the strongest of the whole book to me, just so easy to like and her point of view made the book completely captivating and hilarious. I loved the dynamics between her and her brothers. They made one of the cutest sibling relationships I have ever read. And I love that Charlie was going through a lot of self doubt but she was still confident in what she loved, like sports and hanging out with the guys and not one of those insecure, whiny girls that wonder why the world doesn't love them. She definitely strung at my heart cords because I have also felt insecure about how I look, much like her I am tall and even though I am no jock I hit the gym often and I sometimes feel so big standing beside all my petite friends; and all this only made me feel more connected to her and her story. And I loved each of her brothers and their different personalities too. And of course her dad was a sweetheart so I loved each time he awkwardly tried to teach Charlie any girl stuff, it was hysterical. And don't get me started on Braden, who was just so perfect with how he wanted Charlie to be with someone who appreciated who she really was. Le sigh. The story with Charlie's mom was an unexpected depth that added a lot to an otherwise cute story, I really liked that. But don't think this book isn't hilarious too, it is! It has been reaffirmed that West has joined my list of Contemporary queens. Loved it.show more
by melannie
I received an ARC of On the Fence from Harper Teen Australia, this in no way influenced my review. First Line: â??The engine whined against my attempt to go faster.â?? I had never read a Kasie West book before I picked up On the Fence and I am hating myself for not doing it before. She is such an amazing writer, captures emotions so well. Charlie is a tomboy, there is no denying it. She doesnâ??t wear makeup, she dresses without much care and she hangs out with boys and, you know what, I loved her. Itâ??s rare that I read a book with a girl protagonist that isnâ??t worried about what she wears, or if she is wearing makeup. It was different, but nice. I loved the writing style of Kasie West. It was interesting and it intrigued me to keep on reading. The book started off with a bang and just kept on getting better and better as it went on. I thought it was be a sappy contemporary romance instead novel, but it was so much more. It turned into a mystery novel somehow, it was so good. Yes, there were still those snappy romance moments, but it made them so much more glorious. I loved Charlieâ??s brothers. Yes, they may have been over protective, but, once you find out why, you kind of understand why they were protective. Each one of them were from the other, but they all related to Charlie in some way. It was different seeing sibling interaction, as again in YA there isnâ??t much of yet when there is they arenâ??t the best relationships. So it was nice seeing good sibling relationships. She even had a pretty okay relationship with her father. I didnâ??t mind her father at all. Yes, he was a little strict, but I can again understand why. I normally donâ??t like parents all that much in Young Adult books, so that is another thumbs up to Kasie. Branden, he is just amazing and not to mention the boy next door. Charlie and Brandenâ??s â??Fenceâ?? moments were just so cute and moving and heartbreaking. Just everything all at once. On the Fence was funny and cute as well as very moving. Charlie struggles the whole book with the death of her mother and she doesnâ??t know how to be a â??girl.â?? She canâ??t get over her motherâ??s death and as the book goes on we see why. On the Fence reminded me a lot of Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry in the sense of suppressed memories. Which intrigued me a lot. Itâ??s an interesting concept that no matter how many times itâ??s done it always seem different. I laughed, I cried and I swooned. On the Fence was simply just gorgeous. Kasieâ??s writing is brilliant and beautiful. It was entertaining and the banter between Charlie and her brothers and Charlie and Braden just added so much to the book. The heart-warming family moments also added so much depth to the book. The romance between Charlie and Braden was simply beautiful--the true nature of friends becoming more. They were totally adorable together and the scenes on the fence were just so brilliant. Over all On the Fence is a book of self-discovery, love, friendship and family. The tales of a girl becoming a â??girlâ??, finding love and friendship. On the Fence is mesmerizing, moving and funnyshow more
by Angelique
I wanted to read On The Fence because I was in the need for a summery read plus the fact that I have liked Kasie West's characters and writing style from her paranormal books. The dynamic between Charlie, our tomboy main character and her brothers is so endearing. They are like an amoeba, where one is, you'll find the rest. They have folded into their circle of boyhood, wrestling with her, playing sports no holds barred with her, and letting her be with them all the time. Part of this group of guys is next door neighbor Braden, who is an only child and loves the inclusion. He has a dad who he dubs jerk and him getting out of the house when dear dad comes home drunk is what leads him to be out so late at night to begin the fence talks with Charlie. And yes, we can all see where this is going. But I liked how they had a friendship first, and they were aware that if things changed, it would effect more than herself. But I like that as they have the deep conversations at night, she is working out things about herself and her mom who died when she was little. They have this deeper connection and it makes me smile. Charlie's dad was also present. He was awkward a lot of the time, but he was at least trying. Red in the face talking about conditioner and bras, doing what men shouldn't have to do. I also like that he was in on some of the nerf action. Speaking of, I love the playful nature of the house. That and how the dares kept things adventurous and deepened their bonds. Through her job she is also getting in touch with parts of herself that she didn't before. That she could be a little girly and it wouldn't be the end of the world. What I think the most important message was though is how she learned to be herself. That she could be girly or wear makeup if she wanted, but that she shouldn't have to be fake or only show half of who she was in order to be liked. The light nature to the book was also good. Because even though it had some rough subject matter--drunk dads and dead moms--it was dealt with and still managed to focus on the now. Being able to push through, showing your strength and at the same time vulnerability to open up to someone else and share feelings, to lean on them and to get through. The ending was sweet and nice, but I couldn't help putting down the book and wanting to get more time in their chemistry, in the sureity of their relationship, with others knowing, with their hearts a little less confused. Bottom Line: Fun, fast and light with slow romance that was sweet.show more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) 16-year-old Charlie is a girl, but growing up with her father and three brothers, she acts more like a boy. When she’s forced to get a job at a clothes store, she finally starts acting more like a girl. Will Charlie ever wise up to being a girl? And can anyone ever be interested in a tomboy? This was an okay story, but the main character annoyed me, and the story dragged. Charlie was just such a tomboy it was ridiculous! I got that she’d been raised by her father and three older brothers, but she acted like she was the only girl on the planet! How dense do you have to be to have not noticed TV adverts about hair conditioner? And did she have no female friends at all? She acted like a boy, she thought like a boy, and she was totally, 100% clueless. The storyline in this was okay, but it did start to drag after a while. Charlie carried on doing what she was doing, totally oblivious to everything around her, and even when you thought she might have eventually caught-on, she did something totally clueless again. Even though she acted like a boy, it wouldn’t hurt her to wear something without mud on it for once. There was some romance, but I ended up getting annoyed with that too. I waited patiently for Charlie to catch on that a certain someone liked her, and then when she finally did, and said something to him about it, he denied that he liked her! So much so, that I began to wonder what the heck was going on! Then we got one of the oldest tricks ever happening – as soon as Charlie started dating someone else, her original crush decided he was jealous, and wanted her after all. Talk about frustrating! The ending was okay, and I was pleased that we got a happy ending; it would have been nice if the journey there had been a little less frustrating though. Overall; okay story, but Charlie was just clueless, 6 out of 10.show more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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