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Published: July 1, 2014
Charlie is the exact definition of a tomboy. She loves playing any sport, and has a pack of brothers ready to challenge her at any time. Exploring her girly side has never been a concern of hers, that is until she starts working at a local boutique to pay off a speeding ticket.
Along with beginning to question her self-identity, she starts having nightmares about the horrific night from her past. She soon gets into a pattern of meeting with her neighbor (and her brothers' best friend), Braden, at night and talking through the fence. It's easy to spill secrets with the fence and darkness to keep her safe, but how will Charlie deal with it all when everything comes to light?
This is a story of Charlie's self-discovery, but it also explores family bonds along with a sweet romance!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how tough Charlie's character is. I've never read about a character that is such a tomboy, it was definitely refreshing. Charlie's character felt very real and relatable. All of her brothers are great as well. It was cool seeing how close of a relationship they have with Charlie, and also how protective they are of her.
This book has a light feel to it, but there are heavier undertones. Charlie's mother passed away years before, but Charlie does not know everything about that night. It was intriguing trying to figure out the truth, and it was also emotional seeing Charlie deal with it.
Charlie's journey kept me entertained and I had a hard time putting this book down. It was great to see her branch out of her comfort zone, but also nice to see her make mistakes. It gave the book a realistic feel. Charlie is flawed, but she grows so much throughout the story.
Charlie is a very developed character, but there is also great development with her family relationships and love interest. Her dad raised her as a single dad, and I definitely teared up at some of the father/daughter moments.
The romance was also a great addition and made me swoon!
Overall, this is a fun story that still has depth, and the strong point is definitely the characters. It's a great summer read! I can't wait to read more of Kasie West's writing.
*This book was provided to me for free as an advanced e-book through the website Edelweiss, in return for an honest review. Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for allowing me to read this book.*