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On the Fence

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  52,494 ratings  ·  5,488 reviews
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 a chichi ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
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Abi I agree that it wan't super eventful until the end. However I don't agree with what some people were saying about the tomboy-turns-pretty thing. Yes, …moreI agree that it wan't super eventful until the end. However I don't agree with what some people were saying about the tomboy-turns-pretty thing. Yes, you don't have to wear makeup or wear dresses to be pretty. And I'm sure Charlie looked fine before. But if she really didn't like it, she would have stopped. Basically, the MC tried some new things and liked them, while still keeping a lot of her original - so-called tomboy - aspects. Like liking sports and playing them.(less)
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Aug 12, 2013 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
May 03, 2015 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
Kasie West and I are NOT FRIENDS.

Normally at the beginning of a review like this, I would write something like “Kasie West and I have a complicated relationship.” But it’s not that complicated. It’s mostly that she keeps writing books with charming synopses and cute covers, and I keep getting sucked in and then not liking them and swearing up and down that I’m done with Kasie West, and then she writes another seemingly cute and charming book and I’m right back on the bandwagon.

This book, for a l
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m absolutely terrified about writing a review to this book. All I know is that the writer should never write a sequel to this book, especially one set a decade into the future. It’s a sweet love story that might mean that the protagonists in all likelihood peaked out early in life.

The words went by quickly. These emotions that are in my mind are bittersweet to me. To tell the truth, people like Braden and Charlie seem like a kaleidoscopic couple who don’t exist in my country. Do they exist in
May 21, 2019 rated it liked it
out of all of kasie wests books, i for sure thought this was going to be the one to steal my heart. i mean, the whole 'falling for the boy next door' is my absolute favourite trope of all time. i adore stories about childhood friends/neighbours becoming more. so it makes me sad that this particular story didnt sweep me off my feet.

i mean, its entertaining and it has the ending that i was rooting for, but there is something very shallow about this novel. its explores a lot of great coming-of-age
Aj the Ravenous Reader

I don’t remember the underlying deeper themes in the novel. All I remember when I read it then was the fluff and it being a summer breezy read. I didn't realize Skye from The Distance Between Us is a character here and Caymen is mentioned at least once because their shops are practically beside Charlie's workplace. I couldn’t even remember the things Braden and Charlie talked about and how it started with them trying to prove which one knows the other better. Clearly their feelings for each othe
Rachel E. Carter
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-paperback

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 a
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
Merphy Napier
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Upon reread: still five stars. Still obcessed. These are some of my favorite characters - I just want to live in this book. It also contains several of my favorite romance tropes
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This is my new obsession. I'm so sad that it's over. I'll be thinking about this book for a long long time. And I'm sure I'll be rereading it soon too.

I was fifty pages in, still didn't know who the romantic interest would be
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4.5 stars


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
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
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Will a best friends to lovers trope ever not make me emotional? The answer is 100% no.

This one was a bit harder to get into, at first I couldn't relate to Charlie since I have neVER had brothers, and her persona was so different. Her development was *mostly* based around a guy so that was pretty frustrating, but she at least had other things she had to deal with, even though they were tied up a little faster than expected. There were also a few jokes that were not great & i didn't particularly l
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Nov 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
About: On the Fence is a young adult fiction written by Kasie West. It was published on 7/1/14 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, 304 pages. The genres are young adult, fiction, contemporary, and romance.

My Experience: I started reading On the Fence on 6/13/17 and finished it on 6/19/17. This book is a fantastic read! I love the humor and the family dynamic! I love Charlie’s three brothers and how protective they are of her. I love the easy going between the siblings. I like the differe
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
Anja H.
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it

"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 girl
“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.”

Seriously this quote is everything.

5 stars!

Ahhh this is the cutest thing ever I have ever read soo goood y'alll. I was never a fan of contemporary books but this changed my POV. I love Kasie West's books!

The writing was really nice. It was simple yet so very beautiful

The characters were well developed!

Charlie was such an interesting character. Having grown up in a
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
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
Rachel Maniacup
Mar 10, 2015 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's because this author has a thing in creating her characters.And in this novel,it is the awesome characters that made me
Norah Una Sumner
4.5 stars


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
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
kasie west never lets me down <3
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
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star
Thanks to this book I felt like I will never read anything again and I lost a week from my life (without the audiobook it could have been a month).

If it was only about Charlie it would have been 1 star, but I really liked her family and Braden.
She was mad at him all the time when actually he was the only one with a common sence?! Fuck her.
Someone should give her Arthur's (from What If It's Us) phone number, because these two are the most annoying people I have ever read about so they would pro
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I looked up recurring dreams.

Dreams are messages, things our minds want us to learn. Recurring dreams can be really important messages. The often come in the form of nightmares. Recurring dreams could represent real-life problem that hasn't been dealt with or resolved. Overcoming or resolving that problem could help one move past the recurring dream.”

West as reckoned for Romantic stories, But I've found too juvenile with the centralized character.
Writing is as usual exceptional as West- Best o
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Hmm I don't know if this book is my least favorite Kasie West book or The Fill-In Boyfriend. I wasn't really enjoying this at first but then it turned quite enjoyable! Regardless, it was still a very light read and perfect for those wanting an easy book to read.

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

I don't have much to say about this book except it's a typical Kasie West book, not that it bothered me. I quite like her style, except how her MCs always get
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
So I think I was being a bit of a grouch yesterday, I can't knock it down that much when I did enjoy it and I only had one issue so I'm going to tweak this review slightly...

I knew what I was getting myself in for. I wanted a nice and easy contemporary read, we all have those moments right? I mean I really enjoyed P.S. I Like You. It was one of those books you couldn't help but smile at. This? I mean it definitely had those moments. HOWEVER it had a big pet
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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.










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!




"Why are we doi
beth ✨
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Rating - 4 stars?

I'm having an issue with the rating here. I really enjoyed it and it was just what I needed but Kasie West's books are pretty basic. There isn't a lot of plot in them, they're the trashy romance books that you need once in a while. That is not an insult. I've read a lot of fantasy books lately but now an again I have needed a easy contemporary to read.

I really liked the characters. I really liked Charlie, it was refreshing to see a main character who is such a tomboy. I reall
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
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