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Befriended: Discussing Sibling Friendships with Kasie West

When a book is infused with a strong helping of sibling relationships and parental involvement, I’m sold. Those are two strong bonuses for me because they add a layer of realism to the story. But Kasie West took my love a step further by making the four siblings in On the Fence the closest, most tight-knit group […]

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July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Courtney, you HAVE TO READ On the Fence soon! Definitely, definitely do! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you love the book. xo

July 22, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Magan - Cassie, YES! Everything felt so genuinely authentic! You nailed it! 🙂 I’m so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks for your comment, sweets!

July 22, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Magan - Sara, I love sibling relationships, too! I’m getting closer and closer to my siblings as we get older. I realllly hope that I can raise children who are close and BFFs. That’s one of my greatest hopes. 🙂

July 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I love sibling relationships in books! I’m really close with my older brother so I can really connect with characters who are close with their siblings.

July 11, 2014 - 10:03 am

Cassie (Happy Book Lovers) - I absolutely adored this book and LOVED the family dynamic. I have one brother but grew up with about 8 cousins (all boys) within 3 years of my age. So we were constantly fighting and rough housing. I related so so well to Charlie, and I still can’t get over how fun the beginning was with the bets and drinking gross stuff! 🙂

July 9, 2014 - 11:21 pm

Courtney @ Courtney Reads A Lot - Knowing that On the Fence features a great family dynamic makes me want to read it even more. Being an only child, I never understood the connection shared between siblings, and so I really enjoy reading about that bond and realizing what it would be like to have a sibling. Lovely post!

July 9, 2014 - 10:20 pm

Magan - Hazel, thanks so much for your comment! I loved their relationship, too! So very much.

I’m getting closer to my siblings as we grow older; I’m 4 and 6 years older than them and got married super young so for a long while, I’ve just been in a different stage of life than them. Now things are leveling out a bit more. Sibling relationships definitely teach you how to be selfless; couldn’t agree with you more.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I loved reading your comment. xo

July 9, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hazel @ Stay Bookish - I loved On The Fence, especially reading about Charlie and her brothers. <3

IRL, I wouldn't say I have the most outstanding sibling relationship but I definitely get how sisters can sometimes be our closest confidante. And as the older one between me and my sister, I totally know how sibling relationships teach you to be selfless.

What a wonderful post from Katie! And I just love this feature, Megan! 🙂

Magan: On the Fence by Kasie West

On the Fence by Kasie West (twitter | website) Previously Reviewed: The Distance Between Us Publication Date: July 1, 2014 Publisher: Harper Teen Pages: 320 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: strong sibling relationships, athletic female, single-parents Format Read: ARC from Publisher via Edelweiss (Thank you!) Summary: Super athlete Charlie finds herself having middle-of-the-night conversations with her next door neighbor, Braden, whom she’s always considered to […]

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March 31, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Rather Be Re-Reading | Top 10 Tuesday - […] On the Fence by Kasie West | Open Road Summer by Emery Lord | The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra McVoy | The Comeback Season by Jen E. Smith […]

July 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Yes yes yesssssss I’m so glad you loved it too! I just thought this was so adorable. Super cute, super swoony and I LOVED the family dynamic too! I love brothers in books for some reason. I have no idea why. I also really just loved the tomboy aspect! I think it’s so cute and I identify with that more than girly things. I love Kasie West’s characters and her romances and her families and AH. I preordered this book too!

June 18, 2014 - 11:47 pm

Alexa S. - Aww, yay, I’m glad you enjoyed On the Fence! It’s a super cute book, and, like you, I absolutely LOVED Charlie’s relationship with her brothers. (And seriously, I want five kids but I have no idea if I’m physically or emotionally capable of that yet. We shall see!) I haven’t read The Distance Between Us either, but I definitely want to!

June 18, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I literally just finished reading this 15 minutes ago. I definitely liked it (and I could see how you would want four kids after having read this 🙂 ) but I wasn’t madly in love either. I didn’t like it as much as The Distance Between Us (you must read it asap!). Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind, but I wasn’t able to really, really connect to Charlie. I liked her, although it took some time for me to warm up to her, and of course I was rooting for her. But I don’t know, I just could’t connect.

There were some scenes that I just though were SOOO cute, though. Like when Braden and Charlie were playing soccer at the end. Too cute 🙂

June 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Cynthia - I really loved The Distance Between Us too. I pretty much love all that Kasie West has written. Will be adding this one to my list! =)

June 18, 2014 - 10:19 am

Ginger @ GReads! - I really enjoyed this one, too! Magan, I highly recommend reading The Distance Between Us very very soon since you liked this book so much. I read TDBU last summer and immediately upon finishing I added On the Fence to my TBR list. I had to have more Kasie West contemporary in my reading life!

Re your comment about 4 kids: coming from a household of 4 girls, I can honestly say it’s the best. I wouldn’t change my large family for anything. Yes it was tough and not every moment was the best, but ultimately I am so grateful for my sisters.

Estelle: Reality Boy by A.S. King

Reality Boy by A.S. King ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: October 22, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books Pages: 368 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: reality TV, anger management, family dynamics Format read: ARC paperback from TLA. Summary: A small part of Gerald’s childhood was documented on Network Nanny, and 12 years later, he […]

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March 2, 2014 - 10:23 am

Nailed It: Hollywood Edition - […] Reality Boy by A.S. King Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Estelle’s Review […]

November 10, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - The short chapters definitely kept me flipping the pages and Gerald’s voice is fantastic. His story is so heartbreaking and it’s made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that there are real kids who are forced on reality TV shows without their consent.

As always, great review!

November 4, 2013 - 5:42 pm

Alexa Y. - I’m glad this book made such an impression on you! I’m a bit of a reality show junkie, so the premise of this one is pretty interesting to me. It would be very fascinating to see the author’s take on what it’s like for one of the kids who was on a reality show as a child to grow up and try to move on from that reputation he’s been accosted with. I’ve never read an A.S. King book yet, but this definitely sounds good!

November 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Judith - I always get angry at reality shows like this. Sure, they are enjoyable from time to time, but I hate when there are kids that didn’t sign up to be on TV. In a way, that can be seen as some form of child abuse. In fact, I feel the same way about parents who put every picture of their child on Facebook. The kid didn’t ask for it, that’s for sure. It’s a weird thing, really. I don’t like it. Just because of this reason, I am interested to see how I will feel about this book. I might just get all ragey like the MC though, haha.

October 30, 2013 - 1:33 pm

Bookworm1858 - I love how this looks at our contemporary entertainment landscape and its effect on families-I didn’t love my first King book (Please Ignore Vera Dietz) but I think I might like this one more and I hope to try it.

October 30, 2013 - 10:25 am

Leah @ The Pretty Good Gatsby - I completely agree with EVERYTHING, Estelle! This was my first King as well and I’m definitely going to read her others. I wasn’t sure what I expected when I sat down to read this, but it STILL has an impact on me (I read in back in April-ish for a book tour). Half a year later and I’m still haunted by this book? Bravo, King!

Seriously, the happiest moments in this book were the most heartbreaking.

& I think this is one of the first times where the cover model looked EXACTLY how I pictured the character. That boy IS Gerald.

October 29, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I remember seeing this cover and thinking the book definitely wasn’t for me, then I finally read the description and was intrigued, and after everything you said I really want to read it.

This is the third book I’ve heard about recently that deals with children who were on reality TV shows as kids. I read You Look Different in Real Life (which was about a documentary, but same idea) earlier this year and didn’t like it, but I’m excited to read Something Real which comes out next year.

October 29, 2013 - 3:41 pm

Allison L - I’ve heard good things about A.S. King’s books but have yet to actually read one myself. Reality Boy sounds like it has alot of promise based on your review. I also feel like I need to read more books that have male points of view. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list! 🙂

October 29, 2013 - 10:54 am

alice-jane - I’m glad to hear that Reality Boy didn’t disappoint! I requested it but I haven’t gotten to it yet. A.S King is a great writer who writes about difficult topics and I loved Ask the Passengers.

October 29, 2013 - 9:49 am

BookChic - Great review! I love A.S. King’s books (I think I’ve only read two though- need to get caught up!) and so glad you had a great experience with this one. I’m hoping to get my copy soon (A.S. is sending me one) and cannot wait to dive in!