“Sometimes we expect more that people are capable of giving at the moment”
― Kasie West, On the Fence
I picked up this book after reading my first Kasie West book The Fill-In Boyfriend and when I heard she had more contemporaries and that they were even better, I had to see for myself. I absolutely loved this book, it was such a cute, relatable read.
But first, here is the premise:
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can out-run, out-score, and outwit every boy she knows–including her long-time 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 chi-chi 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 pick-up 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.
This book was basically a coming-of-age story, written amazingly. The female protagonist, Charlie (Charlotte) was very relatable concerning her development from being a tomboy to a girl. Through the book Charlie gets acquainted with fashion, make-up and boys, just like every girl growing up. I had a constant smile on my face while reading all of the cute scenes in the book but it also had a bit darker side to it which was cleverly woven into the story without making the story seem sad and somber.
The romance within the book was so cute. Braden and Charlie were so much fun to read and their chats on the fence were very entertaining and really helped the story develop. Also, at the end of the book there was a big plot twist and I didn’t see that coming.
Charlie went through major character development and didn’t change at all at the same time. It’s hard to explain but I feel like even though she did change from the outside and inside, she still feels the same about things and doesn’t look differently at the world. So, she did change but actually stayed the same.
I’d recommend this to anyone and everyone who likes cute, short but well-written contemporaries!
Overall rating: 5/5