On the Fence
Author: Kasie West
Publication: July 1st, 2014 by HarperTeen
Page count: 296 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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.
(Hundred Oaks #1)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publication: December 1st, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Page count: 283 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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