Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. Hard. 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. On the Fence is a sweet and satisfying read about finding yourself and finding love where you least expect it.
On the Fence was a book that had been sitting on my Kindle for a couple months now. It’s a book that’s been showing up on my Goodreads and Bloglovin’ feeds for quite some time – I think it was one of the summer reads. I never expressed too much interest in it, despite the high ratings, but it was there, and I needed something light and fluffy, and so I picked it up, and I read about Charlie.
Charlotte, or Charlie, is the epitome of a tomboy. She grew up in the middle of her father, three older brothers, and a neighbour who hangs out with them so much, he might as well be her fourth brother. She loves to play soccer and football and all kinds of other sports. Cute clothes? No thank you. A face plastered with make up? I don’t think so. But then she lands a job at a clothing store where she’s expected to look the part, and she finds herself juggling two lives – the one where she’s “one of the guys”, and the one where she wears cute tops, make up, and hangs out with girly girls and gets a boyfriend. But how long before these two lives collide?
Even though I’m in the middle of NaNoWriMo and should spend more time writing than reading, I finished this in two days. Granted, it’s a rather short book of just under 300 pages, but I should not have finished it so quickly. I just could not put it down. It was just the right amount of light and fluffy that I needed. It was cute and funny, and so sweet.
Those of you who know me, probably know by now that I love humour. I use humour to deal with the shitty things that are going on in my life; I use humour to try to cheer up people who are sad; and I also love it when a book uses a healthy amount of humour. On the Fence is perfect in that aspect. Imagine living with five guys in the house – there’s bound to be banter all around, especially if you’re one of the guys. You’ll be subjected to pranks on an almost daily basis; pranks that include being thrown in muddy lakes. You’ll have to deal with being insulted and being witty enough to insult back. You’ll be subjected to play fights. All of that was present here, and it just make me laugh like a moron nonstop. And even though this book was filled to the brim with teenage boys, there was no vulgarity. It was just good, clean fun. I could not get enough of this family.
Then there’s Braden, the neighbourly best friend. Even though Charlie’s got a sort-of boyfriend, she finds herself growing closer to Braden thanks to their nightly fence talks. Charlie sits on one side of the fence and Braden on the other side, and they talk about everything. Then, when the day arrives again, they pretend like nothing happened, but you can feel the tension growing heavier every time. I loved those two so much.
I get why it was so popular during the summer – it’s a perfect summer’s read. I can totally picture myself reading this on holiday with the sun on my face, but it works just as well on a colder autumn day when you need a bit of warmth in your heart.