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.
Tomboy learns what it means to accept who you are, not be afraid to change, and swing for the fences.
I like reading about a different kind of girl. She is complicated with a solid family and some sadness from accepting the loss of her mom. I liked that she was strong and tall. I liked that she was sporty and enjoyed watching sports and playing sports. It’s nice to read a character who is more relatable – like she wasn’t trying to bat away all of the boys who were constantly fawning over her- she was just living life, getting in trouble for speeding, working at a job she didn’t know she would like. Very normal high school stuff. She was a cool main character. She reminded me a lot of me. Well… except she was tall, and sporty and had brothers and… okay she didn’t exactly remind me of me.
MAJOR shout out to the crossover characters from other books! I love getting a little glimpse into some of my old friends lives. Can more authors do this? My OG favorite author Sarah Dessen used to do that all the time, and I loved trying to spot the old characters!
I just wasn’t entirely in love with this story. I’m not sure if it was the couple, or the insecurities of Charlie, but it wasn’t everything that I wanted out of the book. I did really enjoy it, I just didn’t LOVE it.
Watch: She’s the Man.