On the Fence by Kasie West

“We can’t let boys define how we feel about ourselves. You have to know who you are before you should let any boy worth anything in.”




Charlie (Charlotte) has been raised with only three older brothers and a cop for a father. She grew up an awesome athlete – playing pickup games and playing hard. When she gets yet another speeding ticket, her father makes her get a job to pay off the ticket and the cost of the insurance increase. Though a lucky break, Charlie finds a job at a local clothing store – and she is thrust into a world of fashion, make-up and BeDazzling. She also meets a new guy, Evan, but she’s worried about him seeing her owning the court in a game.

Charlie is stressed, and after a coincidental meeting at the fence late at night, she begins pouring her heart out to her Braden. Braden is Charlie’s neighbour, and her honorary fourth brother. Charlie is also falling for him, even though she’s pretty sure that he doesn’t feel the same way.

This is the second Kasie West book that I’ve read and it was amazing. It was nice reading a book about a woman kicking ass playing sports and keeping up with the boys. Books about girls being into athletics are not super common in the YA genre. It was fun watching Charlie open up a bit and discover that if she wants to wear different clothing occasionally, it didn’t change who she was. Charlie corrects the mistaken assumption that she wasn’t the ‘right’ type of girl. That she doesn’t need to wear makeup and sit on the sidelines to be a ‘proper girl’. She comes to the realization that she needs to be herself – pickup games, ponytails and all.

Kasie’s books are just pure fluff. They are just a dose of feel-good, hallmark-y goodness. If you ever need a pick me up, definitely grab this book.

Recommended for:

Fans of high school rom-coms


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