Thursday, June 26, 2014

On The Fence by Kasie West Review & a Giveaway

On The Fence by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: July 1, 2014
320 Pages
Source: Borrowed
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N


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.
 -(excerpt from Goodreads) 

On The Fence by Kasie West

I have learned by now that I can expect great stories from Author Kasie West and I also know by now that she is instant-read status. I have loved everything that I have read by her. Regarding her contemporary books - last year's The Distance Between Us, and most recently, On The Fence - I literally read them both with smiles on my faces. 

I think that On The Fence is probably my favorite of West's books to date, and the reasons why are the same reasons that tend to pull at my heartstrings in any story. Main character Charlie (who is a girl) lives with her father and her overprotective brothers, and of course there's the guy-next-door that she claims as a brother, but really isn't. Her mother died years ago and naturally Charlie still mourns for her, but more than that she has arrived to the place in her life when a mother would make everything easier - from how to dress and act like a lady...to wearing make-up...to having friends that are actually girls...to handling the always-tough subject of boys and what to do when she has a crush. Charlie copes with these things by pretending that she doesn't care about any of it, by being the best tomboy she can be, by playing sports as well as any guy ever could. Charlie has no idea that all of the guys around want a chance to go out with her because she's, well, she's Charlie.

Then two really interesting things happen: 
  1. Charlie's dad makes her get a job to pay off a traffic ticket. She hates it, but she does it. Through this job, she finds a couple of gal friends who teach her quite a bit about "being a girl." 
  2. Charlie finds herself spending one-on-one time with Braden, the guy next door - the one guy she claims as a brother that isn't really a brother. 
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There is so much fun and fantastic packed into this story. First of all, there is Charlie and her transformation. I liked the Charlie at the beginning of the book but I just LOVED the Charlie at the end of the book. She had a tough time at several points - life is hard under regular circumstances, and Charlie had a few really awkward and hard things pop up here and there - but she got through them really well. She is a really great and well-written character because she is not afraid to put herself out there and be tough, and yet at the same time, she makes mistakes and she is not afraid to own up to them. Charlie follows this path to finding herself, this really fantastic coming-of-age that really only truly begins throughout the course of this book, and it was absolutely a thrill to read. 

What made it all-the-more fantastic was the bond she had with her brothers (including Braden, the guy next door). She loved these guys so fiercely that their sibling relationship almost jumped off of the pages, and that made me want to hug this book. In a household where the mother was missing and the father felt awkward in taking care of his teenage daughter, these brothers really stepped up and helped their dad out - they were her friends, her brothers, and her protectors. Sure, they were overprotective to the point of annoyance (for Charlie) and hilarity (for me) at times, but I loved reading their relationship all the same. Their inclusion of Braden into their bunch was as much due to their friendship and proximity as it was to his less-than-ideal home situation, and it made me love them even more. These are some of my favorite bookish brothers ever, I think. 

And Braden - what a ride for this guy! How awkward would it be to be included into a family with the girl that he is crushing on - playing sports with her every day, joking around and laughing and cutting up every day, seeing her every single day - and being treated as another brother? Charlie genuinely saw Braden as her brother...she even called him that...until she began meeting him outside at night for little chats at the fence between their property. This, THIS. This is when things got really interesting and things began to change. 

I loved the way everything went down with Charlie and Braden and her brothers. I love how everything unfolded. Everything felt completely real and true, and I could imagine myself being a bystander and watching one of my friends going through what Charlie was experiencing. That is what is so great about this book - and of course the swoon factor. On The Fence is absolutely refreshing and cute and fun, and I loved it so much. I devoured it (just like I have Kasie West's other books). 

I recommend On The Fence by Kasie West to fans of YA Contemporary with romance, fans of fantastic sibling/family relationships, and fans of friendships-to-romances. Great book, great character, fun romance, and HELLO! super-cute cover! 

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On The Fence will appeal to fans of:

YA Contemporary Romance
Romance: Slowly-developing. No Triangle. 
Great Main Character with Development
Sibling/Family Relationships
Friendship-to-Romance
Stories with Sports
HEA
Standalone

On The Fence by Kasie West
will be available for purchase on July 1, 2014.

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Because I love Author Kasie West so much and because I want others to read her books AND because I'm moving and clearing out my shelves, I have a giveaway for you! 

(Open Worldwide) * (Ends 7/31)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*Some Contemporary Month giveaways will require following this blog due to the cost of international shipping. Thank you for understanding!* 



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23 comments:

  1. On The Fence is on my TBR. Surprisingly I saw a lot of good reviews from the people I follow on goodreads . . . we all know how cruel they can be. I really look forward to reading this book & have high hopes!

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    1. I'm so glad you have this on on your to-read list! It IS really great. I hope you enjoy it when you get around to it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. have heard a lot of good things about this book. It has been on my TBR for a while. And your review makes me feel that I will enjoy this read especially those two interesting things listed by you sound awesome. I hope I get to read this one soon. :)

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    1. So glad you have On The Fence on your to-read list! It's so much fun. I'm such a fan of this author and I want everyone to love her books (:

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  3. I love that there's such a strong familial bond between the siblings. It's rare that you find it and find it done well. Definitely on the TBR list. The always-growing, never-ending TBR...

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    1. Yes, the to-read list grows and grows and grows!
      And yes, the family bond in this book is so great. I LOVED that part of the story. Of course, I'm a huge fan of family/sibling relationships in books, so I always point them out. But this is one of my favorites, I think, particularly in YA.

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  4. I didn't have a chance to read anything by Kasie West yet but after reading your review, I would really love to!
    Neira

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    1. I love Kasie West! I hope you get a chance to pick up one of her books soon! (:

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  5. I need to read this book. Kasie West is one of my favorite authors!

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  6. I was planning to read this book for a while now, but now and then I"m not sure if I REALLY want to read this book (now I do) and not everybody puts a review before the book comes out. Thanks for this review, I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as you did!

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    1. Oh, you're so welcome! I feel like you'll enjoy it!

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  7. Kasie West is a new author to me and I will be adding her books to my wishlist. What a great review and I love new authors

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    1. I love finding new authors too, and I was really excited that when I found Kasie West, I loved her books SO MUCH. This is the third book I've read by her and I've LOVED them all!

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  8. Sounds like a great summer read! I'll have to check it out! Thanks!

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  9. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed Pivot Point. So far it's the only West book I've read, but I plan to remedy that very soon. :)
    None of the tropes/scenarios that you mention West using here are ones I'd seek out in particular, but I am definitely willing to give this a go, given how much everyone seems to love this one, and how much I enjoyed the one book of hers I've read.
    This really does sound like the perfect summer read.
    And thank you for the giveaway, Asheley!

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    1. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Pivot Point, too! On The Fence and The Distance Between Us are different, of course, being contemporary, but they are just as great and they are written in a style that is fun and summer-y and not too heavy. I read them both quickly and found that she has a specific place among the authors that I really enjoy.

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  10. (Zairah Divino)
    I love Kasie West's books, and I enjoyed The Distance Between Us. I am looking forward in reading this one. I have a good feeling that I am going to enjoy it, too. :)

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  11. I've never read one of Kasie Wests books. After reading your review, this is definitely being added to my TBR. It looks exactly like the kind of fun summer read I've been looking for. Thank you!

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  12. Yes yes yesssss I just loved this book so much! I really loved her connection with her brothers and Braden. I had a lot of male friends growing up and my best friend was my next door neighbor and we "dated" for a while (we were only 12) so I just had a really strong personal connection to this book too. SO ADORABLE. Kasie West is just great.

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  13. Sorry, this is just to ask if my comment got posted...I can't see it on my phone (and I can't rewrite it cause its full of fangirling :p).. But I'd it just my phone??

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  14. This is definitely on my TBR now - actually, it's moved up after reading this. ;)

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