On The Fence By Kasie West
Charlotte Reynolds, AKA Charlie, was raised by her Father and three older brothers. Since her Mother died when she was only six she never truly had a female role model. Which is why after getting a speeding ticket and being forced to get a job Charlie finds herself completely lost working at a small clothing boutique in town.
She doesn't know the first thing about style, or hair, or makeup or nails. But suddenly she's thrust into this world and surprisingly, instead of drowning finds herself able to at least keep her head above the water.
However not knowing how to put together an outfit is the least of Charlies worries. Since she started working she hasn't had time to run which means she isn't tired enough when she gets home to sleep straight through the night without the nightmares creeping into her dreams and haunting her subconscious.
The only thing that seems to help her through the tough times are her late night talks with her next door neighbor and honorary brother, Braden.
It doesn't take long for Charlie to realize she's falling for Braden but the fence isn't the only thing that separates them and if there is even the smallest chance of Charlie losing him then she can't risk telling him how she feels.
On The Fence is a heartwarming love story that fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins will find themselves swooning over.
I don't even know where to start. First off I'm warning you, do not start this book unless you intend on finishing it in one sitting. It's impossible to put down.
It didn't take more than a couple of sentences for me to fall head over heels in love with Kasie's writing style, her story and most importantly, her characters.
Every character jumped off of the page, demanding to be seen and heard and understood.
I loved Charlie and Braden, their dynamic relationship had me pulling for them before I finished the first chapter but I also fell in love with her older brothers and how protective they were towards her.
The fact that Charlie was a tomboy who watches sports instead of reality tv shows and would rather play around in the mud with the boys than go to the mall was a giant cherry on top. Having a female protagonist who doesn't look and act like a 90210 extra was such a breath of fresh air.
I loved how even though it was a cute, romantic read it had deeper issues and storylines that you don't usually find in rom-coms. It had a depth to it that made the story feel much more real and made you care about it just a little bit more.
I can't wait to read more from Kasie and if you haven't yet picked up this book I urge you to do so as soon as possible, you won't regret it!
Until next time,