The Queen’s Book Talk #3 : On The Fence by Katie West

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Paperback, 296 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
ISBN 0062235672 
(ISBN13: 9780062235671)

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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. 

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I liked it. The story may be quite predictable from the start but its just right for a light read. The conflicts are not that heavy but fixable thus making it more true to life. The way Kasie West presented how people should be themselves is so good. She really has a way of squeezing all elements of love in her books. Love for family, special someone, friends, and especially oneself. This book encourages us to never change ourself just for the sake of others liking you. I also loved how the brothers treat her and how protective they can get. She should give credit to her father because raising a teenager girl with 3 brothers is not an easy thing to do. This books show also showed that you need not to wear make up and silly girly little things if you don’t want to just for others. You do those things that you really want and that will make you happy. I won’t really prolong this book talk because the book is short and light and if you want an easy read then this one is for you.

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Giving it 4 stars because the simplicity of the book and the way it was written just made it stand out more. Two thumbs up for Ms. West. 👊👏👍

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