Friday, March 13, 2015

On the Fence by Kasie West

In On the Fence, Sixteen year old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, is being raised by a single dad and three older brothers, which has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows - including her longtime neighbor and fourth brother Braden. When it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything feminine, so when she starts working at a boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange world. Around the same time and under false pretences, she meets Evan, who thinks she is a girly girl and who has never seen her tear it up in a football game. Charlotte really likes Evan so she is willing to go along with being another person in order to be with him.

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 talks can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problems. I won’t say anymore, because you should read the book and find out whether or not Charlotte is true to herself in life and love.

Kasie West illustrates this story in a way that makes you keep on reading to find out what happens on the next page. She shows the life of a teen learning to grow up and seek responsibility. This book would fall under an adolescent love story with a mystery theme. If you liked Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty series then you will like this mysterious story much more. This book will make you wish you were Charlie and part of all the action. So grab this book in the library and figure out what Charlie’s biggest secret is.