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
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.
This book was SO cute! If you want to read a quick, contemporary read than pick this book up.
On The Fence is a story about first loves, but it's also a story about self discovery. Charlie has three older brothers. She has grown up being one of the guys. After her mother died tragically in a car accident when Charlie was six, she was left without a maternal figure and at sixteen she feels like she could use one. Charlie's dad is great but can she really talk to him about makeup and boys? She never really questioned any of this until she is forced to get a job at a local boutique. She is introduced to the world of cute clothes and makeup and it makes her uncomfortable. When she meets a guy all glammed up, Charlie assumes that she has to be girly for guys to be interested.
I loved the role of family in this book. Charlie is extremely close to her brothers; they are her best friends. Her honorary brother, Braden, is no different. For a long time that was true, but their nightly talks by the fence have her questioning that.
This is such a sweet story about family and discovering who you are. Check it out!