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Sunday, November 27, 2016

On The Fence ~Review

"We can't let boys define how we feel 
about ourselves. You have to know who 
you are before you should let an 
boy worth anything in." 

Back of Book:
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 hing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzelers. 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 that it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high. 

   I honestly didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. It seemed sweet enough and the summery made me smile. So of course, I picked it up. I am so glad I did! I actually listened to it on Shannon McManus did an incredible job reading this. She was consistent with each character's voice (which is hard sometimes), and she made it flow so naturally. If I haven't said it before, I really enjoy audio books. Being able to listen to a book while also doing other things, like cleaning or cooking, or grocery shopping, is perfect! Cause honestly, all I want to do is read. 

   On to the actual book itself. Charlie was such a sweet character. I loved her relationship with her brothers and her father. I loved how she was surrounded for all these boys and could easily "be one of the guys" but still have a feminine side she hadn't discovered yet. I know I've said how much I like family in a book and I'll say it again. Having families actively involved in books just makes it all the better. We all know how families are, and each family has it's own quirk and traditions. A family in a book shouldn't be any different. Incorporating a family into a novel only enhances the experience and relation you have while reading. It's as much about what happens around the character as it is the character. At least, that's how it should be. 

   Charlie's brother's where hilarious and everything a brother should be. They were protective, teasing, loving, hard on her, but still loved her more than anything. Then you have Braden, the brother's best friend that of course is volun-told (not volunteered, but volun-told) into becoming her fourth brother. But as we have seen before in so many other contemporary romance novels..... this never ends well. Feeling development is inevitable and only a matter of time. One of the best things about her brother's is that they make a list of all the qualities of guys she isn't allowed to date. It's hilarious! Some of the best moments in the book for sure!

    However, this book wasn't completely focussed on the romance. Romance was a big part of it, but it was mostly a self discovery book. It was done so well that the self discovery wasn't shoved down your throat like caught syrup that you don't want to take. It was presented to us slowly and build up in importance. It was extremely well done. Thank you Kasie West!  In On The Fence we got to see this journey that Charlie goes on. We were able to experience her finding out the truth about who she is and what happened in her past. 

This was a fantastic book and one I highly recommend! 

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