Published by HarperTeen on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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 boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.
To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. 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.
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 easiest to read about, but if you were a little like her character when you’re younger, you can remember what it was like. Also dating someone you’re not into wasn’t exactly the best decision. That’s why you have these years to iron out the kinks. I loved how annoying her brothers were too. And her father was super sweet.
I love stories where a friendship blossoms into something more and this is definitely one of them. Kasie West reminds me a lot of Miranda Kenneally’s books and I just love them both. If you’re looking for a cute contemporary romance, pick this one up. I’m not usually a big contemporary fan, but her writing is too cute to pass up.