Feb 6, 2015

On the Fence by Kasie West


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.


This book was a birthday present. 



 Charlie is one of the boys. She loves a game of football and she's good at it as well. She has three real brothers and an extra one who lives next door, called Braden. Her father is a police officer who's raising his children by himself. When Charlie comes home with another speeding ticket he tells her to get a job, so she can pay for it. She finds one in a clothing store, but to work there she has to change her style. Her sporty outfits and trainers are not allowed at work. There she has to look cute and feminine. 
Charlie has terrible nightmares when she doesn't go for a run before bedtime. She finds comfort in midnight talks with Braden. When they're both on their own side of the fence they can talk about things that will never come up during the day. When Charlie starts to date a boy she knows via the boutique Braden isn't very happy. Is he jealous or is something else going on?
On The Fence is a great teenage love story. Charlie is a sweet girl who doesn't dare to tell people how she feels, because she thinks they will find her weak if she does. She has a lot to learn. Meanwhile there's someone she likes very much, but she doesn't allow herself to go there. On the Fence is a simple, light summer read. There's a bit of depth that makes the story stand out. I enjoyed reading it very much and think everyone who likes reading books for young adults will love it.

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