Goodreads Rating: 5/5 stars
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.
I love Kasie West, her books, are super cute, clean, and have happy endings so if you are looking for a cute, cheesy, sweet story with likable characters you’ll love her work and that includes this one.
Charlie is being raised by her brothers and her father after her mother dies. She’s a girl who is a tomboy and feels like she has to keep up with her brothers and keeps “girly” things to a minimum and on the down low due to her sweet, kind, father who doesn’t know anything about raising a girl.
Charlie is very likable because you see her WANT to be a girl and dress like one yet she is so used to being a tomboy she doesn’t know any different and kind of shuns “girly” stuff.
After getting a job she meets all sorts of people who love her and because they are girls she doesn’t know how to “be” with them. What she doesn’t realize is that they like her just as she is and just want to have fun with her.
Bradon is a neighbor Charlie has always grown up with and was treated like a sister by him. Things are different in his household that is separated only by a fence. When one night they meet up by the fence and start charing, it became a ritual that drew them together as they talked about what was going on yet keeping many things still secret.
Overall this story is about finding yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone to explore the possibilities and fun side of new things.
Sexual Content: mild