ARC Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the FenceGenres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Release Date: July 1, 2014
Number of pages: 320 
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
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She’s a tomboy. He’s the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. 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. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she’s got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she’s falling for Braden. 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.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.


Upon a few minutes after reading this, I immediately gave it five stars. I mean, why not? It was a quick, short story with a relatable heroine, an adorable love interest, and family was present! After giving it some thought, I realized that I quickly forgot the story after just a couple of days. A read that isn’t memorable shouldn’t be given five stars, I guess.

“Sometimes we expect more than people are capable of giving at the moment.”

Anyway, Kasie West does not disappoint. As of the moment I have read all of the novels she has published and enjoyed each and every one of them, even if I don’t really consider them to be major favorites. She just has this easy to follow, fun writing style. There is never a dull moment with West’s humor. I think it’s a writing style that teens can easily get into.

The writing, plus the just right pacing, will make the story one that’s easy to follow. I mean, I normally think a book is either moving on too fast or too slowly, but somehow On the Fence had perfect pacing! There was proper development, enough time for all the characters to do significant things and for things to be realized.

Charlie was an easygoing character that I easily sympathized with. She struggled to find her true identity, which a lot of teens do have a problem with. She had three older brothers who she loved and who loved her. They were all adorably protective of their sister, which I loved seeing. I’ve always wanted an older brother. I’m glad family plays a big role in this story.

On the Fence had a pretty generic plot: Charlie’s “one of the boys”, and suddenly she thinks she should become girly, and she starts crushing on one of her brother figures on top of that. Although I couldn’t say this is a unique story, it was still enjoyable and a lot of readers will have fun following Charlie on her journey to find herself.

Now we have this cutesy romance with Braden, one of the guys she always hangs out with. They chat from the opposite sides of the fence that separates their houses, and I found their talks to be really endearing. Braden was a guy who anyone can easily fall for: caring, kind, sweet, charming. Can I have him, please? But he and Charlie just had such good chemistry–I wouldn’t want to come between them! They were hilarious and really cute as a couple and as friends.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.1
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Aimee is a sixteen year old bookworm from the Phillipines! She reads any book that catches her attention, but she mostly reads YA. She's into graphic design, writing and sleeping. You can find her at Deadly Darlings, The Book Geek, Goodreads and on Twitter.

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    • says

      LOL, The Distance Between Us was a bit boring for me, but I still did like it. Kasie does have a talent for making everything fun.

  1. says

    The fact that you even originally gave it 5 stars is great! Even though it deemed slightly forgettable over time, which is a shame; as, like you said, a good book is one that should stick with you for quite a long time, and make you think and feel, and it’s disappointing that that was the case with On the Fence. Everything else sounds absolutely fabulous though, so I’m definitely going to give this one a try when I’m in the mood for a romance / contemporary book! Thanks for sharing Aimee, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3
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    • Aimee says

      I was really stoked when I first read it. It would have been my first 5 star of the year! Well, it was close. You should definitely give this one a shot when it comes out! :)

  2. says

    I’m so glad you like this. I’ve been waiting for so long to read On the Fence. I also love Kasie West’s writing, and I want to read all of her books. And I have a total bias for cute contemporaries. :P I’m very curious about Charlie’s relationship with her brothers because I have 3 brothers too and no sisters. XD
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  3. says

    Kasie West is one of those authors that I keep meaning to read, but never actually get around to . . . perhaps this is a good place to start? I always find it promising when a told and retold story is good enough that you don’t care if you’ve heard some version of it 10 or 12 times before ;) Great review, Amiee!
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    • Aimee says

      You can start with any of Kasie’s books–I loved them all! :) This one was definitely entertaining, despite being a generic story!

  4. says

    Finally we have some parents presented! I want to read this book just based on that fact. I’m sick and tired of reckless teens going wild. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one and romance sounds so cute. Too bad its forgettable though. Great review, Aimee :)
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  5. says

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book Aimee, this is like the second praising review I have read for this book in the last few days, which makes me so happy, as I just can’t get into reading lately. I’m thinking I need something light, fun and fluffy to lift me up and this sounds perfect! Lovely review as always!
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  6. says

    I have an ARC of this one too Aimz, and it sounds brilliant. I love the fluffy and fun romances to break up all the dystopians I read. Sometimes you need the typical and cliche books, as long as they’re well written. I think we’ve become used to having these shocking or gut wrenching reads, that when a fun contemporary comes along, even if we love it, it doesn’t really stay with us. Brilliant review, really excited to read this one now.
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  7. says

    I totally would’ve given this one 5 stars straight away as well! In fact, I have no idea why I waited until AFTER I finished the book to rate it. I’ve only read Pivot Point and On the Fence but Kasie West has already amazed me so much! I’m so glad you loved this one too. :D
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  8. says

    I’m going to Vegas tomorrow and I’m reading this one on my road trip there (: I’m very excited, I do love West’s work. She just has this amazing ability to write stories that engross me to the point where I can’t put them down.

    Charlie seems like a main character whose narration I can actually enjoy. The fact the she interacts so realistically and a lot with her siblings is fantastic. I just love reading about family in YA (:

    The romance also sounds quite adorable! The fact the love interest actually has chemistry with the main character is wonderful. I can’t help but just smile like a fool when a couple like that has a cute scene together.

    Great review! Although unmemorable this one seems like a great read and I can’t wait to read it tomorrow (:
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  9. says

    That’s why I believe it is really important to at least wait one day before writing review – especially if you are overexcited with your latest read.
    I think I’ll like this book – it looks like perfect summer read.
    Great review Aimee.
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  10. says

    I seriously need to read one of this author’s books one day! I’ve heard so many good things about them, especially The Distance Between us which is at the top of my list! Generic plot isn’t bad, sometimes they are perfect when you want to read something that will uplift you and make you feel good. I also love cutesy romance, sometimes uncomplicated is just the way to go. Great review Aimee! :)
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