Published July 2014 by Harper Teen|293 pages
Where I Got It: I own the paperback!
Genre: YA Contemporary
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows—including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.
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 Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. 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.
What I Thought:
On The Fence is such a cute book! I really did love it!
I’ll admit, I wasn’t sure about it at first, but as I kept reading, I found that I really started to love it. I really liked Charlie, and how she changed throughout the book- going from a tomboy who feels like she doesn’t know how to be a girl, to be a tomboy who’s still a tomboy, but a little less so. I really could relate to that, because sometimes, the world of make-up and clothes seems so overwhelming and confusing.
I also really felt for Charlie, who lost her mom as a small child, especially since she was in the car when her mom committed suicide. I don’t blame her brothers and dad for not telling her, because she didn’t take it well the one time she tried. I also totally understand Charlie’s reaction too.
I LOVED the relationships that Charlie has with her brothers. It’s so clear that they look out for each other, and I like that Charlie was included in so many things her brothers did. While I’m not completely in love with Braden and Charlie, they are cute together, and I really liked their middle of the night talks by the fence. I did like that Braden was part of their family. And the people that Charlie meets because of her new job! I liked seeing her make some new friends, and that she decided she wanted to keep working at the boutique.
Let’s Rate It:
On The Fence was such such a cute, fun and heartwarming read. On The Fence gets 5 stars.