|AUTHOR: Kasie West|
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2014
GENRE: contemporary romance
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS
IF THIS BOOK WERE FOOD, IT WOULD BE: a bag of Skittles--short, sweet, and impossible to put down
REVIEW: Cute, cute, cute! I've only read one other book by Kasie West (Pivot Point), and after reading this second one, I'm officially a fan. On its surface, On the Fence is like so many other "boy next door" romances for teens, but On the Fence's focus on friendship and family--and not just romance--really makes it stand out. I love Charlie's interactions with her rambunctious brothers and their neighbor, Braden. It's clear that the boys adore Charlie, and I love the way Charlie can hold her own with them. She's a perfectly-flawed, believable tomboy learning how to to be herself and embrace her feminine side.
I love that Charlie's dad is a very involved parent, even if he thinks he is clueless when it comes to raising a girl. Charlie's three brothers are fantastic as well. They are never lumped together into just "general" brotherly characters--each one has his own personality, fears, flaws, and relationship with Charlie.
I recommend Pivot Point often at my school, and I will be recommending On the Fence as well. It's one of those books that features a high school character and a swoon-worthy romance but is still clean enough for most middle school readers. No profanity and just a little kissing.
THE BOTTOM LINE: Love it! This will be a popular choice for teen romance readers.
STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: On order. This will be a hit in my middle school library.
READALIKES: My Super-Sweet Sixteenth Century (Harris), Pivot Point (West), This Is What Happy Looks Like (Smith)
- Overall: 5/5
- Creativity: 5/5
- Characters: 5/5
- Engrossing: 5/5
- Writing: 5/5
- Appeal to teens: 5/5
- Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5
- Language: none
- Sexuality: mild; some kissing, brief reference to menstruation
- Violence: none
- Drugs/Alcohol: none
- Other: SPOILER--highlight to see--> suicide
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