On the Fence by Kasie West

November 23, 2016

I am so jealous of lucky girls that have had boys next door. I have seriously always wanted one. I feel totally gipped that I never had a Braden! 


Many things about this novel!


I loved the family dynamic and how Charlie seemed to always fit in but still didn’t. Charlotte (Charlie) is a tomboy. Ever since her mother died when she was six, Charlie has been the only female in her family. She's got three older brothers and a father as well as a tight friendship with her next door neighbor, Braden. I absolutely loved Charlie and her tough and hard-centred core.


I adored the relationship Charlie held with her brothers. They treat her as an equal and include her in everything. It was incredibly entertaining to watch them bicker and they're always looking out for one and another. One of the best sibling relationships I've seen so far.


The only problem I had was that I felt like Charlie didn’t evolve as a character throughout the book. I loved her and I felt for her and her issues with her mother. But I do feel like we skimmed the surface. (Yes, I know 300 pages and that’s how I feel.)


 I did enjoy the late night fence talks and how their romance bloomed a little from it. However, I felt like most of the characters, especially the brothers, weren't fleshed out and the story ended a little too abruptly. I’m not sure what it was but I wanted more romance and I was left a little disappointed. 


The actual romance happened so quick that I found myself scrolling back to check if I missed some parts, but I didn’t. A slower, more elaborate process would have been much more believable but overall, this was a generally enjoyable read and it has a giddily happy ending.



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