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.
So, far, I've loved every single one of Kasie West's books. The Distance Between Us was an adorable contemporary and Pivot Point remains to be one of my all-time favorite series! So, I had pretty high expectations for this book! And I am happy to say that I enjoyed reading this book!
I'm going to go ahead and say it: This is a perfect contemporary romance. It's short, sweet, and just all-around gives you a good feeling! The relationships in this book were amazing! I'm I'm not just talking about the romance (I'll get to that later), but Charlie has great brothers and it's obvious that they care about her (even though they can be annoying, but, come on, they are brothers). And the relationships that she began to form with people outside of her family was interesting as well.
Now, about the romance. One of my favorite kinds of romance in books is the best friend romance (my other favorite is the hate to love romance) and this book perfectly showed that romance and I found it to be really sweet.<highlight to view spoiler> Although, I was very annoyed that the romance took so long to actually happen.<end of spoiler>
I also need to mention how much I loved the fact that this book takes place in the same town as The Distance Between Us! The references to The Distance Between Us were placed in such an amazing way that it didn't interrupt the plot or confuse those who have never read the book. We would just see or hear mentions of characters from the book or maybe pass by places in The Distance Between Us. And, I'm sorry, I love it when books acknowledged other books that the author wrote!
And now we get to the negative side of things. I obviously loved this book but I just couldn't give this book 5/5 even though I love it. The main reason is that this is not exactly a new story. I've read many similar books and there are many books out there that I haven't read that share the same ideas. I also had issues with Charlie's mother (who is dead by the way. I did not have issue with her mom, just with the odd mentions of her). I just felt like a majority of the things with Charlie's mother did not do anything to the story at all and didn't advance the plot.
This was a great contemporary romance and while it's not exactly original, I still loved it! If your looking for a feel-good book to put a smile on your face, pick this book up! And if you have yet to read any of Kasie West's books, what are you waiting for?! READ THEM!!
I hereby give this book
Meaning: It was amazing!