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On the Fence Paperback – July 1, 2014
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Gr 8 Up—West crafts a beautiful story that will hook lovers of contemporary teen romance. Ever since her mom died, Charlie, a 16-year-old tomboy who loves all things sports, spends most of her time playing pick-up games with her three brothers and next-door neighbor Braden. But when Charlie's dad makes her get a job to pay off a speeding ticket, she lands a job at a clothing store where she must model make-up and be more feminine than she's ever cared to be. Soon she's in over her head with lies—lying to her dad, her boss, and a cute boy who's never seen the tomboy side of her. The only thing that saves her are her late night fence chats with Braden, who she is slowly beginning to fall in love with but can't risk losing. This tale is eloquently written and goes deeper than most teen romances dare to go. For fans of Susane Colasanti and Stephanie Perkins.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT
Praise for THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US: “THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US shines! This book is rich with sparkling dialogue, clever wit and sweet romance.” (Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE)
“An antidote to dystopian and post–apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful.” (Kirkus Reviews)
The charming story is beautifully written, and the characters are well developed. West’s novel is sweet and captivating. (School Library Journal)
Praise for PIVOT POINT “An expertly plotted, deliciously clever story.” (Kiersten White, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of PARANORMALCY)
“PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It’s a truly remarkable debut.” (Robison Wells, author of VARIANT)
“West’s premise is a winner, and Addie is the kind of heroine readers would want as a best friend—loyal, unpretentious, and thoughtful.…What truly makes West’s story memorable, however, is Addie’s wry humor…and the book’s fascinating exploration of how life can change with one simple choice.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“West’s debut showcases riveting storytelling.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouthwatering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I’ve read.” (Elana Johnson, author of POSSESSION)
“West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel…is a welcome change.” (School Library Journal)
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I could not put it down.
Now from time to time I like to read some dark novels and sometimes its too dark were I need to feel like a little girl again and read something super sweet and innocent. It was an uplifting read had me smiling the whole time. I felt as if I was a teenager again. If you have not read a Kasie West story you should! She has a way of bringing you in and wanting to read more of her books.
Charlie's brothers are so present throughout this book and you get to know each one really well. I love this entire family, and completely understood the overprotective way they all acted towards her. Add in the constant humor that comes off so effortless, and this is just an utterly enamoring book.
Adding another great layer to this story is the sudden immersion into all things feminine when Charlie gets a summer job at a boutique. Considering she's a huge tomboy, this is a whole new world, and one she isn't always sure what to do in. There's such a wonderfully done figuring yourself out element that is incorporated through this part of the story, without it feeling like there's a hit the reader over the head point of it.
Then there's Braden, who is so dang sweet and endearing. He's overprotective of her too, but also into her and I loved every moment between these two. He had me melting, and aww-ing out loud so often.
Everything about this book is wonderful, and the perfect summer read.
First Question: Why haven’t I read any of Kasie’s contemporary novels before? WHERE HAVE I BEEN?
Second Question: Why didn’t you guys shove these in my face earlier?
Okay, enough questions.
A couple months ago, I won a giveaway where I was lucky enough to win signed copies of On The Fence, The Distance Between Us and The Fill In Boyfriend. I decided to start with On the Fence for my first taste of Kasie West and I absolutely loved it.
I knew this was going to be good from the beginning. You know when you just have that feeling that a book is going to be good, that’s exactly how I felt when I started On The Fence. It was the perfect book to start the summer off with. It was fast paced, cute, fluffy and had me smiling like an idiot while I was reading. I loved this so much.
Charlie is our main character and she’s so much like me. I use to play basketball and I’ve always loved watching sports to the point that I get emotional. It was nice to read about a girl who was a tomboy with a bit of girly girl. I could definitely understand slowly transforming from the athlete to girly girl. I just had trouble with some of the choices Charlie made.
Braden totally melted my heart. I think he owned it from the beginning. Seriously it was that fast and I just realized I didn’t get a full picture of what he looked like, I was in love with his personality more than his looks. I loved the getting to know you game, that was so creative and so cute. It also was so adorable to see how Braden and Charlie connected and how much he paid attention to her.
I loved the writing so much, it was fast paced but with a slow burning romance. I really liked how their relationship grew from the beginning to the end. It was cute, fluffy and everything I love about a summer contemporary novel.
If you haven’t picked this up yet, DO IT.
Charlotte/Charlie is growing up without a mom, three brothers, Gage’s (one of her brothers) best friend Braden, and her dad, who is a cop. She is very active, huge into sports and always around her family. Charlie has a close relationship with them and an even closer relationship with her brother Gage. Charlie is a huge tomboy which she is fine with until she goes into the world of ‘glam.’ Then she meets Evan and does not want to come off as one of the boys; she wants Evan to like her and this completely throws Braden into wanting to show her that she doesn’t have to change for a guy. Much less a ‘guy that wears loafers.’ Her brothers and Braden are very protective of her and the relationship that blooms between Braden and Charlie is amazing. I love it and it hits you in all the feels!
Most nights Charlie has nightmares so she throws herself into staying active so she gets exhausted and does not have to deal with these nightmares. This is what begins the chats by the fence with Braden. One nights she confesses her feelings and then the next day it’s like it never happened. As the book continues, we see Charlie struggling through the decision she is having to make and it’s not only in the case of boys but in the case of what she has portrayed at her job.
I know, I haven’t really said a lot outside of the description but that is just the thing, the description is just a really well put description of On the Fence. I can tell you that this book will bring you happiness, tears, shock, and well you may just end up sitting there saying, ‘Charlie, you are an idiot!’ Or ‘Braden, your such an idiot!’ This book is so worth reading especially if you want a quick, mostly light, loveable read.
I definitely will be re-reading this. I also recommend this book to everyone that likes YA romance or just YA in general.