Disclaimer: It has come to my attention that I never actually posted my review of this book on my blog! Which is crazy because this is one of my favourite YA contemporaries ever. So below is a review that I wrote on Goodreads, but never got around to publishing here on Le Blog. Enjoy! Also read the book because it's amazing.
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.
This book seriously exceeded my expectations. After reading The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West which I really enjoyed, I decided to pick this one up. I honestly didn’t expect it to be as good, let alone better than The Fill-in Boyfriend. But I freaking loved it.
This book deals some darker themes than in her other two contemporaries, but there is still a very light and happy feeling to it.
I loved Charlotte. She was such a good character and so easy to relate to. I loved the romance, particularly their story and seeing their relationship develop. It was just an all-round good book that I honestly can’t say much about. I did find the parts where Charlotte was at work to be kind of boring, and I may or may not have skimmed over a few of those paragraphs. But, I enjoyed how she had those two sides to her. It was kind of similar to Hannah Montanna in that way what with the best of both worlds thing.
There isn’t really much more I can say about this book. Apart from the fact that it’s been nearly a week since I finished it and I can’t remember much about it, I just think this is a good book to go into knowing nothing about. If you’re looking for a really light, cutesy YA, this book is for you. That was exactly what I was looking for, and On the Fence, definitely did the job. After reading this book I’ve been in a real Contemporary kick, and haven’t been able to find anything this satisfying since. **This is still true!
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: July 2014
Format: eBook, 304 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: iBooks
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