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The Selective Collective reads ON THE FENCE by KASIE WEST

The Selective Collective features ON THE FENCE by KASIE WEST provided to us by Harper Teen for review and use in The Selective Collective feature!

For my part in this Selective Collective post, I got to write a bout a topic of my choosing and one of my favorite things about the book (obviously) was the relationship between Charlie and Braden. I loved the athletic aspect of the book because I’m more of a tomboy at heart than a girly girl and it was fun to see some more interactions between the two characters involving sports (hello, sports ARE romantic. CONTACT SPORTS. Don’t pretend like that little touch between you and your crush never sent sparks) so I came up with a sort of “perfect day” scenario for Charlie and Braden and what I think they would have a blast with!

ACTIVITY #1: SUNRISE

Charlie and Braden both have trouble sleeping, so why not start the day with the sunrise and take it from there? Hopefully (ya know, since I’m making this whole thing up anyway) this would be a day where they’re awake more towards the 4-5 o’clock hour and not the 2 o’clock hour so they could meet at the fence and talk until the sun rises. Some sunrises can be even better than sunsets and there’s just something so much more calm and quiet about a sunrise… Not too many people awake yet, the day hasn’t started yet. I think it can be utterly romantic with the perfect setting!

ACTIVITY #2: GOLDEN GATE PARK

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I’m not exactly sure where they live, but I DO know it’s within driving distance of Oakland… So I’m sending these two to Golden Gate Park! There’s tons to do (not like I’ve been there, but still) and they can go for a nice hike, check out scenery, even hop over to a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge! It’s a great place to explore and spend time together before their next activity…

ACTIVITY #3: A’S GAME

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Braden LOVES the A’s so what better activity than going to see a game? Maybe alone, on a real date this time without any friend drama in the mix! It’s the perfect activity for both of these sports nuts. They can sit back and relax, watching the game and still talk about anything and everything!

ACTIVITY #4: FUN CENTER NIGHT

There’s a “fun center” near my house so I’m sure there’s one somewhere close to Charlie and Braden! They have all sorts of great things to do there — from go-karts to bumper boats to mini-golf. Honestly, what better place for two competitive people? Depending on their energy levels after a busy day, they can keep the momentum going with go-karts or wind down with a casual game of mini-golf. (My money’s on Charlie!) Round out the night with some ice cream nearby. (There’s ice cream at this fictional fun center. What fun center DOESN’T have ice cream? That would be a crime.)

So what do you think? Great set-up for Charlie and Braden? Anything else you would throw in or change? I think they’d have a blast on this mega-date day!

 

And please don’t forget to check out the features from the other ladies in The Selective Collective! We each have a post to feature a different side of ON THE FENCE so please go visit their take on the book as well!

Tee @ YA Crush  Interview with Kasie West + Giveaway
Candice @ The Grown-Up YA  Review: On the Fence
Diana & Sandie @ Teen Lit Rocks  From Page to Screen
Daphne & Kristina @ Gone Pecan  Roundtable: On the Fence

 

 

On the Fence – Kasie West

On the Fence – Kasie WestTitle: On the Fence by Kasie West
Publishing Info: July 1, 2014 by HarperCollins
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: June 24, 2014
Related Posts: Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1), The Distance Between Us, Split Second (Pivot Point #2), The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You, By Your Side

She's a tomboy. He's the boy next door.With three older brothers, Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, has always been more comfortable calling the shots on a basketball court than flirting with the opposite sex. So when her police officer dad demands she get a summer job to pay for the latest in a long line of speeding tickets, she's more than a little surprised to find herself working at a chichi boutique and going out with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with her neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden, sitting back-to-back against the fence that separates them. Braden may know her better than anyone. But there's a secret Charlie's keeping that even he hasn't figured out—she's fallen for him. 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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Another fantastic book from Kasie West, chock full of family, wonderful characters, and a romance that will make your heart soar. I really loved THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US and major bonus points for seeing some of the characters from that book pop up in ON THE FENCE! I didn’t really realize that these books were sort of companions but I just adore character crossovers so that was so much fun to see!

One of the reasons I loved ON THE FENCE so much was the wonderful collection of characters that Kasie West always has in her stories. I still need to read SPLIT SECOND but I can say with confidence that from PIVOT POINT and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, I’ve seen her character development grow with each book. Each new work I read provides characters that just feel incredibly real and I made such a personal connection with Charlie. I was definitely more of a tomboy growing up — my sister was more of the sports nut (and still is) but we played sports, all of the neighborhood kids were boys, and I never really got too much into makeup and accessories and clothes. (I’m still not haha!) I wasn’t as much of a tomboy as Charlie is, but I definitely saw those pieces of myself in her and I really got to connect with her on that level. The neighborhood pick-up games really reminded me of my own childhood and it made me miss the days of playing baseball in the street and hanging out with the guys. I also really loved how Charlie felt like a genuine tomboy. No part of that really ever felt forced to me. She was in her element playing sports and hanging out with the guys and so completely out of her element when it came to the girly things.

I also just love the family dynamic in all of Kasie West’s books. Even though she’s missing her mother, Charlie has an amazing family with her father and her brothers, including like-a-brother who happens to be next-door neighbor Braden. She has a great support and although they give her crap about guys and about girly things, deep down Charlie knows that she always has that family support system whenever she needs it. I don’t know why but I love older brother/younger sister relationships. I always wanted an older brother (which obviously when I realized that’s what I wanted it was way too late for that haha) because I just love the protectiveness that occurs in these relationships between brothers and sisters and for some reason I just think it’s so sweet and it really endears me to the brother. (Although I’m guessing if you did in fact have an older brother, this may get annoying. The grass is always greener, right?) Anyway, I just really loved the relationship that Charlie had with her brothers and I LOVED how her relationship with Braden slowly evolved from him being like a brother and one of the guys to realizing that there were more feelings for him there than she knew.

The romance was ADORABLE. The best-friend-turned-boyfriend trope is one of my favorites because I just love the friendship basis for these relationships. There’s already a deep connection and it’s scary but so exciting to start moving that relationship towards something you both realize is there but are afraid to change. The relationship that evolves from Charlie and Braden’s friendship was just adorable and I loved every second of watching that relationship grow. I loved their banter and watching them tip toe towards expressing their feelings to each other, figuring out what was crossing this line or that.

Clearly you can tell I just adored ON THE FENCE. I immediately pre-ordered the book as soon as I finished my egalley because this was one of those books I needed to hug and then put on my shelf to display proudly. I highly recommend it for a cute contemporary romance!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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I had started reading during BEA but decided to come back to it later when I was more in the mood! 🙂

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Charlie // Character Obsessions: Playing sports, watching sports, family, her new job.
I saw so much of myself in Charlie. I wasn’t as much of a tomboy as she was but I definitely considered myself “one of the guys” back in the day and I was always up for a competition, frequently to prove that I could hang with the guys. I really liked watching her grow up throughout this novel! It was so wonderful to see how her character changed and developed.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Tomboys. I love books with a good tomboy — they’re not always done well and sometimes things feel forced or a little bit too exaggerated but I felt like Kasie West got this just right and it was so enjoyable to read Charlie’s story as a tomboy!
Left Me Wanting More: Backstory on Charlie’s mom. Clearly something is up with the mom situation since Charlie starts off the story by having nightmares about her mother’s death. I think that was the only part of the story that didn’t 100% hook me because I didn’t feel like it was really necessary? But that’s really just picking at the little things!

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Buy it!

This book was so cute. If you enjoy adorable contemporary romances, I have no hesitation telling you to buy this one! I think it’s totally worth the purchase because you’ll probably want to hug it too.

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Summer Showcase: Cute Contemporaries

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This summer I wanted to share with you a collection of posts to feature a few books that I just absolutely have to recommend to you for fantastic summer reads a well as books I plan on reading this summer myself! Summertime is a fantastic time of year for so many different kinds of books. I don’t know how many people out there are mood readers or even “season readers” but I feel like summer is the great time for epic books, cute contemps, and emotional roller coasters — basically any book you can totally and completely get lost in. Enter: feature.

Missed the first edition of Summer Showcase? Check out which blockbuster books I’m recommending for this summer (and reading myself) here!
Summer Showcase: Blockbusters

THE CUTE CONTEMPORARIES

One of my favorite types of books to read in the summer are the cute contemporaries. I just LOVE a cute, summery, light read in the summertime. They’re just perfect for kicking back and relaxing, reading on the beach, chilling on the porch, or just letting your mind relax with something cute and cozy!

There’s just something about contemporary books that scream summer and I just love all the light and fluffy and/or cute and/or swoony reads paired with warm weather and cold drinks!

Open Road Summer

Open Road Summer – Emery Lord

OPEN ROAD SUMMER is the perfect summer read. I mean HELLOOOO it has the word “summer” in the title! But seriously, folks. I read this one a few months ago and I am still swooning over it. I read it, fell in love, and then immediately ordered my hardcover copy because I NEEDED this book to stay on my shelves. I already want to do a re-read. That’s how much I loved it!
What you need to know about this book is that it’s about teenage country & pop superstar Lilah Montgomery and the story spans the course of the summer during her concert tour (hence the title) but the book isn’t actually Lilah’s story. Yes, that’s a very big part of it, but OPEN ROAD SUMMER is very much Reagan’s story. Reagan and Dee (short for Delilah — Dee to her friends, Lilah to her fans) have been best friends for years and after a very rough patch in her life, Reagan spends the summer with Dee on her multi-city concert tour. It’s a story about redemption, friendship, love, and finding oneself. OPEN ROAD SUMMER is one of my top recommendations for summer reads because this book really has it all!

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Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins

Now is the perfect time to read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS if you haven’t already with companion novel ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER coming out in August! I read ANNA a couple years ago and instantly fell in love. I really related to Anna in so many ways and she also happens to fall in love with one of my favorite book crushes of all time, Etienne St. Clair. ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS takes place at a boarding school in France and not knowing much about France (and not being a Francophile like so many of my friends), I was scared I’d get lost in French culture and references… but it was just the opposite. I ended up learning a lot and quickly fell into step with Anna who also knew absolutely zip about France before she was shipped off there.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is adorable, enjoyable, and one of my favorites. Read it or start a re-read this summer! Now is the time!

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Meant To Be – Lauren Morrill

MEANT TO BE actually takes place over spring break, but I think it’s a wonderful light read for summer as well. I felt like it was very reminiscent of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS when I first read it which was all positive for me! I really connected with Julia who was a total book nerd and someone who always felt like things would fall into place, especially when it came to her love life. I loved Julia’s story of figuring out that sometimes you need to work at the best things in life to make them happen and that life can be a great balance of both Fate and choice. The romance is cute and so much fun to watch develop and MEANT TO BE also has some really funny lines and slapstick comedy which I don’t always enjoy but Lauren Morrill did it just perfectly!

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The Summer I Became A Nerd – Leah Rae Miller

THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD is one of the most underrated cute contemporaries that I’ve read. It’s not a bigger title and it’s from a smaller publisher so I really feel like this one really slipped under people’s radars but I absolutely loved it! The book is an almost Cinderella story in reverse… Instead of a transformation from geek to chic, we get the story of Maddie, a closet geek who slowly starts to turn from popular cheerleader into the nerd she really is. I thought the book was so much fun and it has a great nerdy-hot love interest!

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On the Fence — Kasie West

ON THE FENCE was just plain adorable. Kasie West is a contemporary mastermind and this book did not disappoint me whatsoever. I loved reading about tomboy Charlie (short for Charlotte) and her day-to-day life growing up in a house full of men. The book was just plain fun and I loved the best-friend-to-boyfriend romance (I always do) between Charlie and her neighbor Braden, who’s practically a part of the family. ON THE FENCE is light, adorable, and just plain fun!

MY SUMMER 2014 CUTE CONTEMPORARY READS

      

MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick

I KNOW. How have I not read this yet?! I’ve heard nothing but good things from everyone and I just haven’t had the time to sit down and really enjoy it. I’m constantly working my way through ARCs and review copies that my backlist copies tend to get pushed to the side but I REALLY want to read MY LIFE NEXT DOOR sometime this summer! It’s been on my list for years and it just needs to happen!

A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall

A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT is one of my review copy reads but I’m also really excited to get to it! I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about it and just how stinkin’ cute it is. I’m really excited to pick this one up for summer and just kick back and relax with an adorable book.

How about you? Do you love cute contemporaries for summer? Which ones are climbing to the top of your recommendations lists this year?