Book Blurb: 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.
My Thoughts: Couldn’t put this down! I read the entire book on a lazy Sunday afternoon for #boutofbooks.
The story starts with Charlie getting a speeding ticket. I’m not sure that really fits with her character in the rest of the story. But it definitely sets up the story well. Charlie has to get a job to pay for the fines which opens her up to new people & new feelings. I kept forgetting that Charlie is meant to be 16 years old. I don’t think driving out of town for a baseball game would be a big deal, but heading to a concert that I think is at a bar, might be more problematic.
I love this family though, especially the close relationships Charlie has with her brothers. Gage is probably my favourite character. I don’t know if I could put my finger on why though. While he is, without a doubt, the biggest ladies man, he is also caring, protective and fun.
For me, I could probably relate to Braden’s character. I am the youngest of 6 siblings, but I can’t relate to Charlie. I grew up separately from them and feel like my relationship with them somewhat resembles the relationship Braden has with Charlie & her brothers.
One of my favourite scenes is when Gage picks up Charlies cellphone and introduces himself to Evan, the potential new boyfriend and at the same time Braden is holding back Charlie from snatching her phone back. Charlie says “I hope my stink from running is burning your nostrils right now.” In response, Braden takes in a big whiff and says, “Smells like sunshine and rainbows.” Can’t say my sweat has ever smelled that good?
Overall, I loved this book. I knew it was going to be a quick & easy read. Kasie West’s writing is very easy to read. This isn’t my first and definitely won’t be the last by this author.