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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 b ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
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Jennifer
Aug 12, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed
4:30 am and now I can finally sleep. Don't bother starting this unless you can finish it all in one sitting. So good! I laughed, I cried, I swooned! 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!

Charlie grew up with all boys so she is one of the guys. But you can be a tomboy and be a girly girl and have both guy friends and girl friends. She has some trouble finding herself. She realizes she wants
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Zoë
May 03, 2015 Zoë rated it liked it
This was really cute! I loved the family dynamic and how Charlie evolved as a character throughout the book. I also loved her and Braden's late night fence talks and how their romance bloomed. However, I felt like most of the characters, especially the brothers, weren't fleshed out and the story ended a little too hastily (which is understandable as it is under 300 pages). Charlie also really irked me in the beginning as she was a tad insensitive and a little too generic YA tomboy (judging peopl ...more
Lola  Reviewer
Charlie is a sixteen-year-old teen who likes playing sports, especially soccer, watching sport games and hanging out with her three brothers.

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She’s not your typical teenage girl since she prefers watching a soccer game (or playing it) than go shopping or reading or going to the cinema, etc.

That’s why she and I couldn't quite ever be best friends but she’s a nice girl so, sure, we could at least get along. But, see, I’m the kind of the girl who will exclusively cheer for players and not be one my
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Rachel E. Carter
May 28, 2015 Rachel E. Carter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback
THIS BOOK. THIS AUTHOR. ANOTHER YA CONTEMPORARY FAVORITE <3

For fans of Kelly Oram's Serial Hottie, minus the serial killer mystery.

Yes. I cheated and read this book between the two books I'm actually supposed to be reading last night. I couldn't help it, so many people have done reviews for Kasie West on my feed and I was in the mood for contemporary feel good YA and decided to see what all the hype was about.

I am so glad I finally caved in. This is the type of contemporary I love. Not doing
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Maggie
May 13, 2016 Maggie rated it really liked it
❝We can't let boys define how we feel about ourselves. You have to know who you are before you should let any boy worth anything in.❞


That was actually a cute, small story. I mean, it's a 296 page paperback book so I consider it small.
It was a story filled with tears of happiness, sadness, joy, and love, the perfect, adorable love.

I am definitely considering reading more Contemporary YA books like this one. Or maybe just anything by Kasie West. It just feels like her other books are similar to
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Aj the Ravenous Reader


(I’d love for Chloe Moretz to play Charlie’s role in case this gets optioned for a movie.)

This is exactly what I needed- a cuddly, snuggly book to read and it gave me this overall warm and pleasant feeling.

This is a sunshiny story about a tomboy, Charlie (short for Charlotte) and her way to one of the most difficult endeavors in her life that is to figure out who she is and who she wants to be despite being the only girl in the family.

Charlie is a very easy-to-relate-to character as I believe
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Ariana
That's it, I found a book I want to live in.



For me this book was perfect: perfectly-awesome dynamics, perfectly-sweet romance and just a perfectly-bit of sadness to make up for the perfectly-amazing ‘giggleness’.
Yes, I am a also a ‘perfect’ dork in love with romantic stories, but what can I say? I just loved this story so very much!

And you shouldn’t simply take my words for it, so I will give you the reasons why those items on the list were so great to begin with:
1. fantastic family dynamics -
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Melanie
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4.5 stars

PROPER REVIEW. FANGIRLING AND INITIAL REACTIONS IS BELOW.


It has been almost half a year since I picked up On The Fence and fell in love with it. During this span of time I have reread it 3 times; recommended this author to my friends multiple times and have thought about this book more than I'd like to admit. In my experience, no one has written better cute and fluffy reads than Kasie West. This woman knows exactly how to catch our hearts, pull the r
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Rashika (is tired)
I am a party-pooper. Although a sad one since I am somewhat sad I didn’t enjoy this. There is quite a bit of hype surrounding this book and all my friends who have read it so far have loved it so I feel like a complete buzz kill with my ‘hating’.

On the Fence, quite frankly, sucked. I went in expecting a friends-to-more romance and got something else.

For starters, I did NOT like the main character. I was cringing the whole time I was reading this book and was not the least bit amused. I think w
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Fafa's Book Corner
Nov 14, 2015 Fafa's Book Corner rated it it was amazing
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Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my GR friend Alyssa ! Click on her name to read her review.

I had originally added this book back in February. I was going through a chick lit phase and thought that all of Kasie West's books would be excellent additions. But because I thought they would turn out to be shallow I took them all off. It wasn't until I stumbled upon Alyssa's review that I decided to read all her boo
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Kasie West is the reason why I don't write off contemporary straight out of my to-be-read list. It's because she writes such cute stories with a lot of characters who are always set on doing the right thing.

Charlie is the easily relatable character that I understood. Sure she hardly had any self-esteem, but when you're a teenager, you certainly don't know any better. Honestly if there was no back and fourth, the book would probably get super boring. Self-deprecating characters aren't always the
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Rachel Maniacup
Mar 10, 2015 Rachel Maniacup rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Rachel by: Neil (or bleed)
As I've said,I'm going to read more of Kasie West's novels and this is just the perfect day to read my 2nd book of Kasie,as I am reminded of my friend's birthday today. According to my sister,this friend of ours is a fan of this author(thanks to you,Aj!) So,NEIL my awesome buddy,HAPPY,HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!^^

My Review:
Now,I understand why this buddy of mine love Kasie West..it's because this author has a thing in creating her characters.And in this novel,it is the awesome characters that made me
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Anja
Jun 23, 2015 Anja rated it really liked it
*4.5 TOMBOYISH STARS*

"Sometimes we expect more than people are capable of giving at the moment."

When I first started this, I thought I wasn't going to like this one. I changed my mind pretty quickly though, because I totally love it now!
This novel is about Charlotte/Charlie, who is a total tomboy who grew up with 3 brothers and no mother, only a father. She's really close with her neighbor Braden, who's more like her 4th brother. Then she gets a job at a clothing store and discovers the girly
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Norah Una Sumner
4.5 stars

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I've read this baby some time ago and totally forgot to review it! I really enjoyed reading this book and I definitely liked it more than The Distance Between Us. I liked the characters, the story, the awesome sister-brothers relationship and, of course, those "on the fence" talks. This is a really sweet and interesting contemporary book perfect for all YA readers looking for something light, but still not too light. Kasie West has a special place in my heart for sure. I love her writin
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Rachel Reads Ravenously
3 teen stars

“Sometimes we expect more than people are capable of giving at the moment.”

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On the Fence is about a girl named Charlie, who grew up motherless and as the only girl in a family with three boys. Charlie's the true tomboy, only interested in sports, no interest at all in girly things. When she wracks up some fines in speeding tickets her dad makes an ultimatum, she has to get a job and pay for the tickets herself.

The only place Charlie ends up being able to get a job at is a clo
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BlueLilyxLilyBlue


RATING:   a-


I haven't been reading a lot of contemporaries recently because I had pretty bad luck with the ones I have tried to read. So when our group read of the month ended up being a contemporary, I was a bit worried.

 

But surprise! This book wasn't bad. In fact, it was great.

 

Amazing.

 

Sweet.

 

Touching.

 

Perfect.

 

It was such a cute and heartwarming read that I did not expect. I did not expect to like this book at all, but I did. I did not only like it, I loved it!

 

Gist

 

 
"Why are we doing this?” I
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Steph Sinclair
Believe me. No one feels more sad about this rating than me.

On the Fence was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2014. I love everything about Kasie West. Her books are usually ridiculously cute, have snarky characters and just speak to my soul. But not this one. This one was pretty un-Kasie West. The romance felt very unrealistic in a sense that it took the main character forever to figure out the love interest liked her. There’s only so much of that I can tolerate when it’s so complete
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Angela
Aug 10, 2013 Angela marked it as to-read
Two books for 2014??
Muse-ic
May 30, 2015 Muse-ic rated it really liked it
Buddy read with awesome Alethea!! Go read her review because it's fabulous:D

SO this book! Cutesie cuteness! I loved it! It wasn't crazy amazing, hence the not-five-star rating, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it!

This is my first Kasie West book, and I will say that I am very pleased! I can also predict that there will be more Kasie West books in my future.

I know I've mentioned this before, but I'll discuss it again: romance in books.

We all know that it's nearly impossible to avoid romantic situat
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Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
Ok here's the thing...if you write a fluffy contemporary. You gotta put some cute moments into the book. In my opinion, there were none. I just didn't enjoy this at all. The only reason i kept reading was because i was reading for the #rainbowthon and it's not very long or hard to read. I feel like the main character was so boring and blah. And Charlie, the MC, and Braden had zero chemistry. It all just felt very forced. The reason I didn't give it 1 star was because it wasn't absolutely horribl ...more
Amber Robertson
On The Fence was a fun read. It was light, fluffy and exactly what I needed. It made me smile stupidly and it make me cringe in some parts. I found it a bit harder to relate to the characters bring that they're 16 - but I just aged them up in my mind and all was well.

It was a quick read, and I will definitely be reading more books by this author in the future for a light and fun read. The seemly low rating of 3 stars didn't mean I didn't enjoy this book, it just meant that I didn't rate it as h
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Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble)
***4.5/5 Stars***

On the Fence made me want to spin circles while laughing and smiling.  Seriously.  This book was beyond adorable.  I had a permanent smile on my face, and I closed that last page feeling incredibly happy!  If you're in need of a super cute book, that also has some deeper moments, then definitely pick this one up!
“A girl who plays disc golf?” Jerom said. “That’s hot.” Gage curled his lip. “I don’t know. A girl who plays disc golf? She’s probably a dog. Some aggressive, burly thi
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Aimee


Upon a few minutes after reading this, I immediately gave it five stars. I mean, why not? It was a quick, short story with a relatable heroine, an adorable love interest, and family was present! After giving it some thought, I realized that I quickly forgot the story after just a couple of days. A read that isn't memorable shouldn't be given five stars, I guess.

"Sometimes we expect more than people are capable of giving at the moment."


Anyway, Kasie West does not disappoint. As of the moment I
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Lily
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

I've been wanting to read On the Fence for longer than I can remember, even before it even had a title, and as a result, the disappointment I felt after finishing it was even greater.

I'm quite in in love with the first novel by Kasie West I read (Pivot Point)—or was; it's been some time since then—but this one completely fell flat for me. I didn't feel like the plot was very well thought out, and the relationships suffered from that, in my opinion. Some parts of the book
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Elena Salvatore
Let's just ignore the cover for this book shall we?
It has nothing to do with either Charlie, Braden or the story.

Anyway... Charlie, is your classic tomboy.
Her mother died when she was young so she grew up with her father and her three older brother and her neighbour Braden who is basically like her fourth brother.
She loves sports, has only guy friends, dresses athleticaly and doesn't wear make up.
She is just one of the boys.

That is all until one day her father wants her to take responsibilitieso
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Giselle
Feb 03, 2014 Giselle rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Very readable and incredibly character driven, On the Fence was the perfect pick for a cold Sunday afternoon. I can't say that I loved it quite as much as I had expected to based on the slew of 5-star reviews I had seen, but it was definitely a sigh-worthy read that left me smiling at the end.

Our protagonist, Charlie, has an easy, relatable voice that instantly pulls you in. She's a tomboy, she loves sports, and she's living with her dad and 3 brothers, plus a neighbour
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Summer
Jul 27, 2014 Summer rated it it was ok
Shelves: meh, contemporary, 2014
You could say that I am "on the fence" about this novel.

IT HAD TO BE SAID.



^^Meme creds: me.

Fellow pun lovers, were those perfect, or were they perfect? *snorts* Anyway.

If I had only read the synopsis and seen the cover, I most likely wouldn't have picked this up in a million years. (Yes, I did just admit to judging a book by its cover.) But, the fact of the matter is that Kasie West wrote this, AKA author of the amazing and utterly cute paranormal series, Pivot Point.

So I guess it was partly
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Elaine
Don't get me wrong (or rather, my 2 starred rating), I still adore Kasie West's writing while this was a fun summer read, that was it. It was a fun read and didn't do much more for me. Perhaps it was the high expectations and all, but I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as her other books. I really liked what she did with Charlie's family issues as well as Charlie's entire family but the rest fell a little flat.

Oh well. Here's to hoping her next book (2015, nooooo) will turn out much better
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Ash Reads
Apr 12, 2015 Ash Reads rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindle-read
So! its 5:15 AM.....and I may or may not have pulled yet ANOTHER all nighter
...I so totally did....

I loved this book!! I don't really know what it was....just the little things, I suppose
-The relationship with her brothers
-Braden even though it sounds too close to another name that I absolutely loathe....
-The 'coming of age' aspect, seeing as how Charlie was raised in a house of boys and her father, so she didn't really get the 'You're a woman now' mom/daughter talk.....I loved the awkwardness
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~Tina~
I know this review is super early, but I simply couldn't wait to gush about my new favorite book! To say that I loved On the Fence by Kasie West would be a huge understatement. This book is my definition of the perfect escape. It's filled with the best.characters.evah.
I freaken loved Charlie's family. Her brothers are her best friends and her dad is just this wonderful warm man raising a daughter without her mother and hoping that he's doing it right. Then we have a fantastic friends-turned-rom
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I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.
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