Friday, July 4, 2014

ARC Review: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence
by Kasie West

Genre: YA, contemporary, romance
Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Local purchase: National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts:

*This review is based on advanced reading copy. There might be some changes with finished copies.

It was a relief reading this book. I've been waiting for One the Fence since I first heard it and at the same time, I was craving for something romantic and refreshing and absolutely from one of my favorite authors. And dang, did Kasie West proved again how brilliant she is.

Charlie a tomboy. She loves and plays sports, hang out with with her brothers and guy friends, and doesn't have an idea how to be a normal girl. Being a tomboy, Charlie isn't attached to guys that way, but as buddies/brothers and playmates, and she turned out to be the main character I surprisingly liked. I cannot relate to Charlie but I'm not detached either. I became more interested because she's different from other female characters I read and different from me as well. If she don't know how to be a normal girl, I on the other hand, don't know how to be normal around guys. Kasie West introduced me in a world that I never have, and it's refreshing and exciting. There were times after reading this book that I tried to imagine how my life would be if I were Charlie. And it's hard to imagine. :3

Another thing that I liked about this book was the friendship that turned into romance. I've always dreamt about having a best guy friend and falling in love with each other. I think that's the sweetest love story ever. You know each other very much that you won't pretend to be someone you're not on dates or getting-to-know phase. That it's okay to not wear make-up or fabulous outfits to impress him because he's seen and smelled the worst of you and still accept and love you for who you are. And On the Fence is the prefect portrayal of this love story. At the same time, it also had a family and personal story that I'm sure people could relate to. 

Pivot Point, Split Second, and The Distance Between Us are the reasons why I fell in love with Kasie West's writing. Pivot Point was amazing enough for me to love her and the other books made me do a Philippine street team (@KasieWestPH) and support her future books. It was the day I started reading On the Fence and I'm so grateful I did it because OTF rocks. I loved it!

Like The Distance Between Us, On the Fence is a book with simple setting and events but the simplicity is the reason behind the awesome-ness. Simple things such as being on the fence is like a breeze in the night, calming yet it feels. I also loved that Caymen (from TDBU) had a cameo here and so are the other characters (either had a role or just mentioned). It brought second layer of feels to me. I felt pang when I read those pages. I love every inch of On the Fence and I would definitely recommend it to everyone who wants to experience a wonderful and romantic read.

*Thank you so much Megan and HarperCollins International for the review copy!



  1. I'm so excited about this book. I'm not a tomboy, so I'm curious to see if I can understand her a bit; and she seems so diferent and unique! I'd like to marry, in the future, a man who is not only my lover, but also a friend. So, I believe that a friendship that turn in a romance is something really special and cute and... well, I seem crazy, mh? Ahah, I'm really curious about this book :)

    1. No, you're not crazy. I feel and want the same way. :) And I promise you, you'll love this, so read it now! ;)

  2. I'm starting this one today! I'm really looking forward to the friendship-turned-romance. I seem to have a thing for good friendship books this year. :) It's going to be my first Kasie West book and I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy it. Great review!

    1. I wasn't really into "friendship turned into romance" thing until I realized on On the Fence! And after I read it, I'm looking forward into reading the same theme (I'm about to read Fan Art by Sarah Tregay). I'm so excited! Let me know what you think about OTF once you've finished! :)

      P.S Thank you!

  3. I've fallen in love with Kasie West's books since The Distance Between Us, and On The Fence certainly didn't disappoint! Even though Charles wasn't the most relatable character for me, the story was just too cute!! I wished we got to know Charles' brothers better though, there was just too many of them to fully flesh out in one book.

    Alicia @ Summer Next Top Story


    2. Awesome! You should read Pivot Point and Split Second then if you loved The Distance and On the Fence! ;)

      I think two of her brothers are well described here, but yeah, more info about her other brothers would be cool, too.

  4. i just finished this book this morning! and i loved it. it was light, something i needed after reading a confusing novel, and a fun read. i am looking forward to reading more of Kasie West!


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