Publisher: Harper Teen
Page count: 296
Summary: 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.
Charlie is a girl who was raised by guys. Charlie has no real memory of her mother and doesn’t really want to. She just want to play pick up games with her 3 older brothers and her neighbor. However thanks for a speeding ticket Charlie has to get a job. And everything changes. She starts to see there is more to her than being a tom boy and that she can connect with other non sporty girls, dress up, wear makeup, and even tries dating. She’s also comes to term with what really happens to her mother, who she doesn’t really remember.
The relationship between Charlie and her brothers was really sweet. They are really close and you can see that when they joke, and talk to each other that they love each other. Plus their dad is a really busy cop who clearly needs help in rising daughters. However he tries and loves all his children which is all you can ask for. Plus we have Braden who is pretty much another son/brother next door neighbor. Braden has his own problems at his own house and loves being part of the chaos in the Reynolds household. Also he becomes a great listening ear to Charlie though he didn’t agree on everything she did or say.
I love Kasie West books because there such a character growth in a story. Its not all romance its about relationships with her brothers and father. Also figuring out what your comfortable in and what you really want. Also if you’ve read The Distance Between us you’ll be seeing little of those characters. Am not much of contemporary reader however I’ll read Kasie West and Morgan Matson books anytime.