On the Fence & Catching Jordan

on the fence by kasie westOn the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 1st, 2014 by HarperTeen
Page count: 296 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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.

Once again, Kasie West proves to be remarkable at writing charming contemporary. I really don’t have much to say, though if I have to compare On the Fence with The Distance Between Us, I would choose the former simply because the ending wraps up the book nicely and didn’t feel abrupt at all.

The dynamic between Charlie and her brothers was so fun to read and their banters had me giggling lots of times! But most of the time, I wish I had a real older brother. Braden is also a great love interest. Though at the start of the book Charlie seems a little insensitive and does a few wrong things, I was happy when in the end she learns from her mistakes and apologizes.

I think the author has gotten the beautiful message wonderfully. That you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not, because in front of someone who truly loves you, being yourself is already more than enough.

4-stars


Score_CVR.inddCatching Jordan
(Hundred Oaks #1)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publication: December 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Page count: 283 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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ONE OF THE BOYS

What girl doesn’t want to be surrounded by gorgeous jocks day in and day out? Jordan Woods isn’t just surrounded by hot guys, though-she leads them as the captain and quarterback of her high school football team. They all see her as one of the guys and that’s just fine. As long as she gets her athletic scholarship to a powerhouse university.

But everything she’s ever worked for is threatened when Ty Green moves to her school. Not only is he an amazing QB, but he’s also amazingly hot. And for the first time, Jordan’s feeling vulnerable. Can she keep her head in the game while her heart’s on the line?

Believe me when I say this contemporary is unpredictable. I was like, “Whatttt seriously Jordan??” during halfway of the book but fortunately, this book takes the right direction and I loved it. I also enjoyed reading the friendship between Jordan and her teammates, JJ and Carter, because hot damn, who wouldn’t want to have amazing guy friends like them? Genders don’t matter, cause it’s abilities and what’s on the inside when it comes to this thing. Still, I expected there would be more sports depth in this book but I got full blow on romance instead. Thankfully the romance was quite enjoyable to read so it wasn’t much of a big deal. It would have been better if they had put more spotlight on the team relationship and actual sports though. Will be checking out the rest of this series <333

4-stars

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  1. Nice reviews! Interested to read On The Fence since I have an older brother and 2 younger brothers in high school so I am not exactly the girliest person around (luckily I’m not “one of the boys” yet because of my mum). Guess I could relate to the protagonist heh
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    1. Bwahahha I grew up with my male cousins so I get what you mean, Ju! ;D On the Fence is a very light and fluffy book, perfect for summer!

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  2. I’ve read both books, and while I love On the Fence, I actually DNF Catching Jordan! I couldn’t stand Jordan and the romance was confusing for me. I agree with On the Fence, though. It’s adorable and made me wish I had an older brother too!

    Great review! (Also, I just found out that we’re from the same country :D)
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    1. Awww I know what you mean by confusing. It did get annoying and unbelievable at some point but I do like how everything turned out 🙂 Kasie West books are always adorable btw 😉 You should check them out in case you haven’t!

      BUT OMFG IS THIS FOR REAL I’M OFF TO STALK YOU

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  3. ON THE FENCE. While I haven’t read that book yet, I’ve always wanted to. It’s been in my TBR for such a long time now, but I’m waiting for a copy to borrow either from the library or from a friend (who is hopefully interested on the book. Haha). Anyway, I’m so so glad you enjoyed that one! Charlie’s relationships with her brothers seem to be going great in the story!

    I’ve never heard of Catching Jordan, but I will check that in GR. Great post + reviews, Kezia!
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    1. Yes yes! I’m so happy to give you the final push! The sibling relationship is definitely one of the highlights of the book. I hope you manage to get your hands on it soon! <33

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  4. Yay I’m glad you liked Catching Jordan! I loved it due to the friendship and weird romance. You should read the other books asap because they are just as good as this one. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the extra push! I just feel like these books are gonna be a very quick breezy read, perfect for summer! 😀

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  5. Yay! So glad you are enjoying these fun contemporaries, they are perfect for summer. I’ve read and liked both of these as well, and agree about the abrupt ending in The Distance Between Us, although I think I liked that couple better. I think. They are all so cute! :3
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    1. Yes, these two were fun to read 😀 You mean Xander and Caymen? I honestly can’t choose haha xD I like every ship Kasie West makes. I agree they’re all so cuteeee :3

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    1. Yay, I hope you’ll give these two a try, Danielle! PIVOT POINT!! It was my favorite book last year!! Really, nothing could go wrong if Kasie West is the author xD

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