I’m gonna start this blog off with one of my all time favorites, On the Fence by Kasie West. If you’ve never read Kasie West I highly recommend her. Her books are sweet without being cheesy, very well written, and have such realistic voices. All her characters are top notch, and her side characters are also well done. Out of all my beloved Kasie West books, this one is my favorite. It might be because the main character, Charlotte (Charlie) has three older brothers. I’ve always wanted a brother, ever since I was little, and this book has the cutest brothers ever. Charlie’s relationship to them is adorable. Even though they are constantly overprotective, you can tell it’s because they just care so much about her. I also love the “childhood friends turned lover” plot line, and that’s exactly what this book is. Braden, Charlie’s honorary fourth brother, steals Charlie’s heart.
“I knew why I cared. Why this mattered so much. Why his opinion was the only thing that mattered. I was more than crushing on him. I loved Braden.”
Now I could talk about Braden all day. I love the way he and Charlie have such an easygoing, casual relationship, where they can both be themselves. I love how as the book goes on, they learn to open up to each other and trust each other. And overall, Braden just melts my stomach: he’s sweet, yet sizzling and hot.
Charlie is the kickass modern heroine we all needed. Even though she has problems, she is no wimp, and handles them by herself. She understands her own self-worth, and refuses to let a boy define her.
“We can’t let boys define how we feel about ourselves. You have to know who you are before you should let any boy worth anything in.”
However, I am a sucker for a little damsel in distress drama (I know, very un-modern of me), and there is that too. However, Braden is sure to acknowledge that just because Charlie needs help doesn’t mean she is weak, which I think is a VERY modern concept.
Overall, this book is the sweet, light, well-written book we all needed, with some serious undercurrents. This book will give you butterflies, melt your stomach, make you laugh and make you cry, and that is why it is just so unbelievably perfect.