Wednesday, 2 July 2014

On the Fence by Kasie West

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
On the Fence
Blurb (from Goodreads):
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door…

Charlie Reynolds can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows. 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 boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world. To cope with the stress of her new reality, Charlie takes to spending nights chatting with her neighbor Braden through the fence between their yards. As she grows to depend on their nightly Fence Chats, she realizes she's got a bigger problem than speeding tickets-she's falling for Braden. 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.

Fun, original, and endearing, On the Fence is a romantic comedy about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect.

On the Fence by Kasie West

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

On the Fence(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
16-year-old Charlie is a girl, but growing up with her father and three brothers, she acts more like a boy. When she’s forced to get a job at a clothes store, she finally starts acting more like a girl.
Will Charlie ever wise up to being a girl? And can anyone ever be interested in a tomboy?

This was an okay story, but the main character annoyed me, and the story dragged.

Charlie was just such a tomboy it was ridiculous! I got that she’d been raised by her father and three older brothers, but she acted like she was the only girl on the planet! How dense do you have to be to have not noticed TV adverts about hair conditioner? And did she have no female friends at all? She acted like a boy, she thought like a boy, and she was totally, 100% clueless.

The storyline in this was okay, but it did start to drag after a while. Charlie carried on doing what she was doing, totally oblivious to everything around her, and even when you thought she might have eventually caught-on, she did something totally clueless again. Even though she acted like a boy, it wouldn’t hurt her to wear something without mud on it for once.
There was some romance, but I ended up getting annoyed with that too. I waited patiently for Charlie to catch on that a certain someone liked her, and then when she finally did, and said something to him about it, he denied that he liked her! So much so, that I began to wonder what the heck was going on! Then we got one of the oldest tricks ever happening – as soon as Charlie started dating someone else, her original crush decided he was jealous, and wanted her after all. Talk about frustrating!
The ending was okay, and I was pleased that we got a happy ending; it would have been nice if the journey there had been a little less frustrating though.
Overall; okay story, but Charlie was just clueless,
6 out of 10.

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