On the Fence

On the Fence

by Kasie West

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062235688
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 92,369
File size: 755 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.

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On the Fence 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie is a total tomboy. How could she not be, growing up without a mother and three older brothers? I'm the oldest in my family and I always wanted at least one older brother. Well, after reading this book, I'm sure glad I didn't have any! I'm sure it's great sometimes, but those brothers of Charlie's were ruthless. I couldn't believe some of the things they did to her--tackling, throwing her into the pool, the dares, etc. Of course, the perks are having them be very threatening and overprotective towards any potential boyfriends. Wait...is that a perk? All that aside, I absolutely loved the relationships they all had with each other. I wish my kids loved each other that much... When Charlie is "forced" to get a job, she finds a new side to herself--a girly side. Trying to figure out who she is and who she wants to be is tough. She finds herself really confiding in her honorary brother (and neighbor), Braden, especially when she starts to develop feelings for him. She is also dealing with nightmares surrounding her mother's death--maybe it's time to learn about and face the truth. This is a fun, touching, and perfect coming-of-age story. I love the way Kasie West writes; the emotion and way she has of writing really brings the characters to life, from the main characters right down to the secondary ones. I feel that I just lived a summer vicariously through Charlie. Content: no language or violence; mild romance. Clean!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and found the characters relatable, the plot was enjoyable and light yet completely encaptivating with lots of suprises. Creating the perfect summer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was going through a dead end of books and when I found this I was alittle hesitant, but then i said what the hell. After reading about the characters and how well developed it is I believe this is a good love story and i have not read book this fast in forever. I pray that you check out this book and you enjoy it as much as I do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very intrigued by the plot and the initial description that the synopsis gives, so I bought the book on a whim. I did very much enjoy the book, being one of the quick one-day reads for me, but I feel like it could have improved. The plot development wasn't phenomenal with things happening much too quickly with not much explanation and the character development could have been more descriptive and clear. Plot-wise, I liked the premise but the story definitely could have been longer if there were more slower scenes and description. Overall, I liked the book, though! Don't knock it! Hope this review helped!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I haven't read a book in one day in so long. I was intrigued throughout the whole book. From beginning to gorgeous end. Five stars
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie, I am a sucker for friends who turn into lovers, especially when it comes to the boy next door. What I like about how Kasie's has approached this is that Charlie hasn't been secretly pinning away over Braden, but their romance is something that occurred after these two begin late night chats between their fence. Kasie's mother died years ago and growing up in a house with three brothers and her dad has left her a perpetual tomboy. She loves sports and all "guy" things and avoids anything "girly." (We're talking stereotypically here, don't start coming after me with pitchforks for not being PC.) It's not until she gets a job in a new age clothing store, and becomes a weekly makeup "model," that she starts to wear more feminine outfits and wearing makeup. Part of me feels bad for Charlie because as she is learning who she is and that she has likes outside of sports, she is hiding the new clothes and makeup from the guys in her life for a variety of reasons. Not that I can blame her, there is one scene where the guys talk about whether the girl whose disc golf frisbee they found is "probably a dog. Some aggressive, burly thing." Charlie is your typical teenager, trying to navigate through the rough years and figure out who she is while trying to appease those around her. She doesn't want her brothers to mock her for wearing dresses and makeup and she doesn't want her father to be angry about it or feel bad that he cannot do more for her in terms of feminine issues (makeup, relationships, periods, all that good stuff that comes with being a woman). At the same time, Charlie is dealing with night terrors about the night her mother died and her lack of being able to sleep is what brings her outside in the middle of the night, leading to her chats with Braden that serve to deepen the relationship between the two. Charlie's brothers are just that . . . Charlie's brothers. They're over protective in the way that older brothers are and sometimes treat her as if she is a fragile doll when she is in fact stronger than any of them realize. We do see a lot of interaction between the group, but it's really Gage we get the most from. I wish we got to see more interaction from her two other brothers, but at the same time the, Charlie states that she and Gage are the closest so it makes sense that we see more from him than from Jerom and Nathan. The romance aspect of On the Fence is cute and innocent. There is the misunderstanding troupe that is found in all books of this nature, but it's a more believable misunderstanding and not one of the "that girl you saw me with was my cousin" type misunderstandings - which always cause me to roll my eyes and wish the characters could just grow up. Kasie West is one of those authors whose books you can easily read in a day. They're fun, lighthearted, and full of super cute romance. She was able to accomplish this with The Distance Between Us and once again with On the Fence. A perfect summer read for when you're on the beach, by the pool, or just hanging out in the hammock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book. It made me feel like I was right there all along. I just adore romance books also! I'm so glad I found and read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like Kasie West’s books. This is the fourth book I’ve read and so far it’s my favorite. I love the relationships between Charlie and her brothers. I’m a tomboy and Charlie’s personality reminded me a little of myself growing up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books where you cannot put it down. So good.
NATALIE MCNEAL More than 1 year ago
i love this book its great for a summer read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read many of Kasie West's books, but this has been one of my favorites
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
An absolutely adorable tale of friends to more. Charlie is the only girl in a family of boys. Her police officer father and three older brothers have shaped her into a tough-talking athlete who is more comfortable hanging with the guys than with other girls. When Charlie speeds one too many times, her dad forces her to get a job to pay her own ticket, landing her in the unfamiliar world of fashion and makeup  with the free-spirited owner who sees auras. Charlie learns more about herself and those around here through these new experiences, but most of all, her best friend and next door neighbor, Braden. Braden and Charlie often meet by the fence that separates their two properties for middle of the night chats. Charlie is haunted by her mother's tragic death ten years earlier and Braden by the constant battles that rage within the walls of his home. Plot This is more than a basic romance. Charlie and Braden both have a bucketload of baggage. But as their relationship evolves and Charlie realizes her feelings for him run deeper than just friendship, she fears the changes that come with that. At least until Braden lets her know he doesn't feel the same way about her. Crush, Charlie works through her issues, a complex relationship with her dad and brothers, and her greater place in a world that worships femininity over athletic prowess. The Characters I love Charlie so much. She's complex and deep and wounded. Watching her work through her issues is both painful and emotionally rewarding. Her family dynamics made me smile and laugh more than once. I come from a big family, so I could relate to the interactions she had with her siblings. I loved their competitiveness and the little bets they were always doing. Even Charlie's dad, as the reluctant single father to a teen girl, is so well-developed, I couldn't help but sympathize with his attempts to relate to Charlie the best he knew how. Top Five Things I Loved About ON THE FENCE 1. Deep characters. There is nothing light and fluffy about the characters, even though the story itself is more lighthearted than not. 2. Teen angst. The romance aspect between Charlie and Braden was my favorite part of the story. 3. Brothers. I have a couple of my own and the bond between the boys and their baby sister was beautifully done. 4. Father/daughter dynamics. The relationship between Charlie and her father rang the truest of all. It was both awkward and endearing, pretty much the definition of father/teen daughter interactions. 5. Being true to yourself. Charlie has many lessons to learn along the way, but foremost is figuring out how she fits into the broader world around her without losing who she is. This subplot is particularly well done. Bottom Line Sweet, deep, and moving, ON THE FENCE is more than just a teen romance. It's about finding yourself and learning how to be real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So cute!! I just loved it !!
Crazybooknerd More than 1 year ago
On the Fence by Kasie West 4.5 Stars. I read this in one sitting. Loved the boy-next-door/brother's friend plot. It's also a story about being proud of who you are, and also being willing to try something different. I really enjoyed it. ~Paragraphs and Petticoats~
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Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charlie is your classic tomboy. She doesn’t wear make-up, dresses, love all things sports, and her friends are all guys. Her mom passed away when she was young and the only people she had to look up to were her three brothers and father. So needless to say, not only is she a tomboy by choice, but she really never had anyone to talk about girly things with. However, this summer seems to be the turning point for her. She gets a job at a boutique, she models for make-up demos, she becomes friends with the make-up artist, she starts wearing more feminine clothing, and she ends up dating a boy she met after one of her make-up demos. Charlie does a lot of growing in this novel and it was interesting to see hew slowly mature. One thing I really liked about this story was that there really was no drama. Sure, Charlie gets a boyfriend while she harbors confusing feelings towards Braden, her neighbor. However, she moves on with her life when she doesn’t think he returns her feelings. I liked that she didn’t wallow over a guy who she felt didn’t feel the same. I will say that I wish I had more time with Braden and Charlie as a couple before the story ended. These two were super cute and perfect together and I just wanted more time with the two of them once they got everything figured out. Another thing that I really enjoyed about this story was how close of a family unit Charlie has. Her brothers all look out for one another. There was no “slacker” brother, or “trouble-maker” that just didn’t care about the family. They were all this tight-knit group that seemed to do a lot together. I really liked that even though Charlie’s father was a single dad, he wasn’t an absent father. He was always there in the picture. He would try to talk to her or help her figure out things when it came to being a girl. He read books about raising a teenage daughter and I just loved that he tried. I’m so sick of absentee parents in young adult books. Here’s a guy who’s parenting four kids by himself and he was totally trying, and I loved that. On the Fence is a super cute young adult book. It’s kind of a mix between friends to lovers and brother’s best friend romance. It had a solid supporting cast of family and friends, a coming-of-age story, and parts that made me “aww.” It was just super sweet read and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. I may have stayed up until the wee hours of the morning trying to finish this book. It was really good.
BooksPixsCoffeeFix More than 1 year ago
On The Fence: Kasie West 4/ 5 Stars Spoiler Free Review Synopsis: Charolette better known as Charlie is a total tomboy.She would rather be playing mud football with her brothers rather than shopping. Maybe it’s because she grew up in a house with all boys. Her and and 3 biological brothers, and Braden. Her unbiological brother who is over at their house more than he is his own. Charlie has never pictured herself becoming a girly-girl until one day. She gets herself stuck in some trouble. She has acquired over $100 in speeding tickets, and her dad is a cop.Her dad tells her she needs to find a job in order to pay for it. She looks around at a old shopping mall. She finds a job at a complete girly-girl shop. Total non charlie style. Soon she finds herself in a world of lies. She is hanging out with a guy who has never meet the real Charlie. She tells lies to protect people from knowing about her past. The only part of Charlie that is keeping it real is her late night talks at the fence with Braden. Will Charlie chose to reveal the real her, or will she keep pretending to be someone that she’s not. And ultimately, who will she chose. My Review: This book was really good. There were some parts I wanted a little more romance, and action but very few. Kasie West is a wonderful writer and I would definitely recommend any of her books. She is one of my go to authors if I have nothing I’m currently reading. I loved the romance between Charlie and each of the boys she was hanging out with. Her brothers played a big part of the story in my opinion and the relationships between Charlie, her brothers, and Braden were quite interesting.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I bought the sample it said 22 pages. I really liked the book sample so I bought the book, but when I bought it it ony brought me to the sample. I tried to do it again but same results. I don't know if it was just not working for me or of the book is really short. I was a little dissapointed though because the book sounded really good. Oh well guess I will just be stuck with 22 pages.
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I loved this book I read it in one evening and normally I do not read like that it touched my heart I am glad that I picked this book I wish this book had a second book that would make my day
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light and quick read, very enjoyable and fun. Normally im not a fan of tomboy stories but the main character Charlie was sweet and relatable.
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