22 May 2014

{Book Review} On The Fence by Kasie West

By: Me My Shelf And I | 22 May 2014 at 9:02 AM | | | | | |

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I'm on the fence with my thoughts of this highly anticipated novel coming July 2014 from Kasie West. 

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On The Fence
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Rating: 3 Birds

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.

The entire world is waiting on this book. I can't look anywhere with out seeing a die-hard Kasie West fan going bananas over having to wait until July for it.  For me, this was my first Kasie West book, and if I'm being 100% honest here, I wasn't blown away.

A few things that you should know:
-I did enjoy this book.
-I read it in one sitting in fact.
-I loved the characters, especially the family dynamic that West gives us with Charlie, her brothers and father. Something we don't normally see in a lot of YA – the family and the parents are often absent for most of the books in this genre, either literally or figuratively. This is common but also necessary to tell most YA stories, but West really makes the book about this whole family so perfectly balanced. I've never really had a favorite fictional family before, but the Reynold's are definitely the top of my list now.

Here's where my opinion becomes the unpopular one. You see the main issue for me while reading was, well, I'd read this book before. Last year, only then it was called MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

Before you roll your eyes at me, or start drafting your hate response to this review, you have to at least acknowledge that the two books books have a lot in common:
- Girl falls for boy next door. Check.
- Mystery surrounding the death of a parent. Check!
- The next door neighbors know a little more than they are letting on. Check.
- Hiding your feelings for the boy next door from your family. Check!
- Having secret conversations with boy next door Check!

Now, read carefully here, I'm not at all saying they are the exact same book, or that anyone one ripped any one off (I know how uppity ya'll can get when you think someone's tossing that idea around) – I'm simply saying that the nuts and bolts of the two books were extremely similar and because of that I was only able to enjoy the book, but not fall head over heels in love with it.

The bottom line is simply that I really am on the fence with my review, so I'm going with a 3 Bird out of 5. Do I suggest you read it - HECK YES, it's a great summer read, take it to the beach, you'll read it in one sitting - I did! Me not being able to not compare it to another book should not hinder the enjoyment you might get from it. But fair warning, if you've read MY LIFE NEXT DOOR you might also experience the same bump I did.

3Birds

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6 comments:

  1. Which book would you suggest reading (or maybe just which to read first), this one or My Life Next Door. I have both on my TBA list and if they're very similar I'd rather read the superior one... at least first.

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    1. That is super hard to answer, because honestly had I read this one first, this review would be reversed.

      I did like the deeper mystery and more troubled heart-breaking portions of My Life Next Door more. But that's my preferred genre. On The Fence is lighter, quicker and not quite as emotionally jarring. A bit more coming-out-of-your-shell than MLND.

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    2. Thank you. That was actually really helpful! I'll make sure to put a few months between the two.

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  2. I love when the family plays a large role in the story :) This sounds like a fun, light read. I haven't read My Life Next Door, but if I decide to read both, then I'll be sure to spread them out. Thanks for the heads up!

    Kris @Imaginary Reads

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  3. Aw that is too bad that the book ended up being a lot like a previous book you had read. I feel like a lot of contemporary romance books could be the same since they all have similar plot lines. I do love West's writing though so I'm going to read this book anyway.

    Thanks for the great review though!

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