Money can't buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?
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Money can't buy a good first impression.
Told solely from Caymen's perspective, the story starts off on a seemingly normal day until Xander Spence walks into the doll shop. There is an obvious spark and tension between them, and the urge to yell something like "Kiss already!" is strong. Caymen remains wary and careful of Xander while Xander's feelings are much more visible. Mason (another love interest) is unaware of their dynamic, and he brings more drama to the Caymen and Xander plot. It all mixes together to make one dramatic and delicious story.
It has a quick plot, and everything flows very smoothly. The vocabulary isn't hard to understand, and anyone who is a teen or older can understand this book. The conflict between mother and daughter (or the "don't tell Mom" storyline) is very complicated, and it unfolds very nicely. Everything builds up and up and up, lies stack upon each other, and everything is jammed together until it finally breaks apart. That is when all of the secrets come out. That is when everything in Caymen's mother's past crashes to the ground like the stock market in the Great Depression. The climax is one of the greatest parts of the book.
Because of how worthy Caymen's sarcasm is, it gets its own mention, in its own separate paragraph from everything else. Just saying.
Caymen is a sarcastic teen who has a wonderful mouth everyone would envy. She has that level of sarcasm (though not as good as Rose Hathaway), and she has a wonderful characterization with even more amazing relationships. There are a few major relationships here: 1) Her mother and Caymen. 2) Xander and Caymen. Both relationships are crucial to the plot, and Kasie West does not fail to flesh them out, especially Caymen's romance with Xander.
Overall, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US stars a romance between two characters. It has sweetness and cheesiness, and it mixes seriousness and light-hearted sass together. The book is best recommended to those looking for a light read plus some romance. It isn't explicit, and it would be perfectly fine for younger teens.
Rating: Four out of Five
This book had the perfect amount of romance, sarcasm, banter, and family drama. Xander and Caymen may not have a hot and heavy type of romance and that fits quite well with their characters. They don't make over the top declarations of love and their relationship develops in a realistic way. They both are strong-willed and independent and no matter what they may say, their families mean the world to them.
What left me wanting more: Nothing at all
Final thughts: I can't rave enough about this book. I can't wait to read what Kasie West comes out with next.
The Distance Between Us follows Caymen Meyers, a girl who has certain opinions about rich people thanks to her mother’s clear disdain. Her mom has raised her to think very negatively about the Haves verses the Have Nots due to her own troubled past with a rich ex-boyfriend. So naturally, when rich boy Xander Spence walks into their doll shop and “beckons” her, she’s pretty much already had her mind made up. But in a strange turn of events they begin spending more time together on these “career days.” What happens next can only be described as one of the most ADORBS books you can ever read!
While the novel is more romance centered, West never spares her characters room to grow and develop. The time Caymen spends with Xander shows her that her mother’s bias is just that, bias based on her own experiences. In fact, Xander himself is the one to acknowledge that both he and Caymen aren’t that different regardless of income level. Thus, these “career days” are born which helps reveal what they each want to do with their lives despite parental expectations placed on them. And through this, an unlikely friendship blossoms and later turns to first love.
I absolutely loved this story to bits. There was’t a moment I was bored or not entertained thanks to the AWESOME sarcasm from Caymen. It’s not the kind everyone will enjoy, but it was just right for me, leaving me laughing out loud at almost every page. And when I wasn’t laughing, I was sighing at the perfect dialogue between Xander an Caymen.
Kasie West writes the type of romance I love to read. It’s not cheesy or over the top. It’s not unbelievable or unrealistic. It doesn’t make you roll your eyes or make your head collide with a wall from frustration. It’s the kind that makes you all giddy inside. The kind that gets your feels all “a meltin’” and the type that makes you twirl around in your living room like your a Disney Princess. And that’s the best kind of feeling ever!
Final verdict: I’d highly recommend this totally adorable book. If you’re in a reading slump and you need a book to bring a smile to your face, this is your book. If you are looking to be entertained, look no further. If you are just looking for a cute read that will wrap your heart up in a blanket made of feels, read this book and twirl, my friends. Weeeeeee!
Kasie West debuted earlier this year, and she's pretty much one of my favorite authors already. She excels at characters and romances. Basically, her books make my heart oh so happy. The Distance Between Us has a little bit in common with Pivot Point, but is largely a departure from the much more serious tone of that series. The Distance Between Us is fluffy good times of the highest order.
To figure out if you would enjoy The Distance Between Us, ask yourself if you like the following things: Pretty in Pink and The Gilmore Girls. If you answered yes to one or both, then you should probably make reading this book a priority. If you haven't seen them, then you should probably rectify that AND THEN read this book. If you don't like either one, well, GOOD DAY SIR.
Caymen, whose name is never explained, which is to me the biggest flaw of the book, is my girl. Seriously, she is acerbic and sarcastic like you would not even believe. I imagine that some readers will be rubbed the wrong way by her attitude, but it was like coming home. People never know if she's serious or joking, because she always says things with a straight face. Also, she cannot resist answering a stupid question with an especially sarcastic response, and, oh, how I love her for it.
Here's where things get quirky. Caymen works in a doll store, owned by her mother. Dolls and More barely pays the bills, and Caymen has been raised to hate the privileged, like the man who left her mother. As such, Caymen is disgusted when this obviously rich guy comes into the store and beckons to her, as he talks on the phone. His outfit alone would probably pay expenses for her and her mom for a month. He also happens to be kind of cute, but, ugh, so stuch up and rich.
Of course, that's not all there is to it, because cute, rich boy (Xander) comes back. The relationship between these two is super sweet, especially because all of their problems coming together are really internal aside from her mom being iffy on her dating a rich boy. However, otherwise, the only obstacle really is Caymen's trust issues, which are pretty mighty. Xander definitely becomes a candidate for best book boyfriends, because he is so considerate, doesn't overreact, and apologizes when he's been out of line. There's a lot of bonding and banter here, and, though they do get serious, it feels real and not like forever love; maybe it will last and maybe it won't.
Social classes and economic disparity are central to The Distance Between Us, which is pretty great. Caymen's poor, like shops at thrift stores because she has to poor. There's an incredibly adorable moment where Caymen takes Xander there because his clothes are too nice for a particular outing. The treatment of some of it's a bit idealized, since most of the discomfort about her economic status comes from her. However, Caymen does have some insulting friends, like the ones that show up in Pretty in Pink. Anyway, I really appreciate that West chose a heroine who's not in the upper or middle classes.
On top of that, West, like in Pivot Point, does a fantastic job building out the supporting cast. There's a healthy female best friendship depicted between Caymen and Skye, who couldn't be more different, but love and support each other endlessly. Skye's boyfriend, Henry, who initially is kind of weird and didn't mesh with Caymen or me, turns out to be a sweetie and hilarious. Xander and Caymen's families both are well built as well. I love that West doesn't skimp out on the supporting cast. I love it so much.
What Left Me Wanting More:
Seriously, what kind of name is Caymen? You can't just not explain why a character has a weird name like that.
The Final Verdict:
When you find yourself in need of a fluffy, happy-making read, look no further than The Distance Between Us. With well-developed characters, snappy dialogue and abundant humor, Kasie West's novels are must reads for me.
What I Loved: Caymen is a champion for sarcastic girls everywhere and I loved her! She has spent her whole life living with her single mother above their creepy little doll shop in the same small town believing that rich people are of the debil. Okay, so maybe that's a bit extreme, however, her mother has done a pretty decent job of clouding Caymen's judgement where people with money are concerned. There is so much Caymen would like to see and do and experience but she doesn't dare pursue it because she knows without her, the shop would fall apart and where would that leave her Mom?
Everything changes when tall, dark and persistent Xander walks into the store one day. He's not only rich, but he's cute, funny and he "gets" Caymen's dry sense of humor. Together they embark on a journey of "career days" where they take turns trying to help each other figure out what it is they really want to do with their lives, because you see, even rich kids have expectations put upon them by well-meaning parents.
The more time Caymen spends with Xander, the more he unnerves her. Xander is one of the few people in her life, besides her BFF Skye, who can see right through her veneer, can tell when she's using her sarcasm as a defense mechanism. He doesn't let her make excuses or settle and he's constantly encouraging Caymen which makes him all kinds of swoonilicious. All.Kinds.
But then the unexpected happens and Caymen's world is turned upside down leaving her hurt, confused and faced with the truth that she and Xander may be more alike than she ever imagined.
What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing.
Final Verdict: Intelligent, witty and romantic. Makes for a great summer read!
Favorite Quote(s): "In case of fire there is no clear exit to the door. I'd be pushing babies out of the way to escape. Fake babies, but still."
What I liked the most about this book is the main character, Caymen. If I had to describe her in just one word I would use, sarcastic. She's like the long lost Rose Hathaway twin, without the ass-kicking. She's not only afraid of Xander but also of the future. Since her mother's broke she can't afford to go to college and she doesn't want think about it at all.
I have a soft spot for guys named Alex and Devyani does too. *sigh* There's just something about that name I find so appealing. Alex, or Xander, in this book, was a wonderful male specimen. Like a guy who can make your skin on fire with a single touch and can also hold you when you're having a bad day. I kind of pictured him as Nolan Gerard Funk's character Collin from Awkward. Even though his family owns a bunch of hotels he isn't a snob and isn't afraid to get dirty and dig up a grave, literally.
I didn't like how the author resolved the money problem in this novel. I highly doubt anything like that happens outside books and movies. I don't want to reveal what really happens but those who get the chance to read it will understand what I'm talking about.
All in all, The Distance Between Us was a light summer read and I will check out Kasie's future contemporary novels.
What I loved most about this book was the realism of it.The situation Caymen and Xander are in is a very real life situation. Especially in today's society. It breaks my heart that there are really people that have simple concerns about this kind of thing in their love life. As my mother drilled into me for as long as I can remember, "you can't help who you love. It shouldn't matter about gender, race, society class, or any of that stuff. All that matters is that you're happy." You may not have many things in common, but if that person makes you happy and you feel that they can continue that, why short yourself because of something that small. *gets off soapbox*
Anyways, on to Xander. Gah, be still my heart! He is someone that thinks like me. Love whoever you want. And he did it all with no worries or regrets. He just let it happen. And he was so swoony the entire time. I fund myself rooting for him since the very beginning. I have found a new book boyfriend for sure.
I actually didn't like Caymen though. She had so many assumptions and what felt like regrets about everything. I honestly got a little tired of her dry humor too. Sometimes it wasn't exactly funny, just eye-roll worthy.
But when you put the two of them together, I fell in love with Caymen and Xander. They made the cutest couple and their love felt so real. It didn't feel rushed or anything, it just went at the perfect pace. Especially with so many of the things they had telling them not to be together.
Although there were some things that bothered me about this story, I know they were necessary. Without those things, the story would really be nonexistent. So with that being said, the flaws in this one helped it to become such a great read.
Not even a line into the book and the guy is introduced. I was like whoa, this is exciting and definitely refreshing from the I-am-this-I-do-that-and-then-I-met-him routine. Not that that's bad but this was way different. I hadn't even finished reading the first page and I got the feeling that this book was going to be awesome. Now isn't that just the greatest?
Caymen. Where do I start with Caymen? I always love me a sarcastic main character and Caymen has perfected that to a tee. But that's not it, Kasie West isn't the one to make up a character and not make them grow up throughout the book. While Caymen's thoughts are very (extremely?) sarcastic, blunt and hilarious; her behavior and dry humor around other people makes her pretty nonchalant. She's always on the verge of saying something awkward/inappropriate in public so has to amuse herself by just thinking it. I totally get that! It happens with me all the time. Also, she got some serious competition going on with Bianca from The DUFF. I can't even decide who I love more.
Y'know the guys who're always so serious but when they talk, you want them to talk more as they're so interesting (and charming!) and then when they smile, their whole face changes. And you want them to take a sip from your drink before handing it over to you? That's how Xander is. Never once did I get angry at him (okay, I did once but that's been sorted out). He exudes such gentlemanliness despite being so young, solemn and filthy rich. He has his flaws though (he likes to beckon) but they're not damaging in the serious sense. Rather in the need-to-learn--to-do-this-and-not-that sense.
There are highs and lows in Caymen's life like everybody else's but it's about how she deals with them. She never once made me sorry for her, didn't whine and kept her complaints to herself. If anything, working in at Dolls and More only made her that much more interesting even if she had to cut back on her social life so much. And while Xander makes her life more open, Caymen knows not to get too close to him but only the dolls (see, dry humor). Gah, I was smiling so much while reading this book! The dialogue between Caymen and Xander is out of this world and ridiculously funny.
Also, can I just say that I love all the characters in this book? Because I totally do! (There is just one that is annoying, though). Mrs Dalton's so adorable and Sean ha, he is awesome! And I should totally mention Skye, she's an awesome BFF and her personality shines throughout the book. The inclusion of Henry and Tic also made The Distance Between Us a very interesting read. This book has everything and is a perfect summer book.
Everyone, go read this book now!