16 June 2013

{Book Review} The Distance Between Us

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 June 2013 at 12:05 AM | | | | | | | |


The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Rating: 5 Birds

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s 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 Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty 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. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is smart, fun, and completely hilarious! After reading PIVOT POINT earlier this year I knew that I had to read more of Kasie West’s books. I was a little worried because I have been disappointed with books I was really looking forward to lately but THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US did not disappoint. Better yet, it surpassed all of my expectations!

I don’t typically read a lot of contemporary YA. I mean, I do read it but paranormal/dystopian is more my thing. However, now, I find myself wanting to read more contemporary books. I’m not sure if it’s the summer or paranormal burnout or if this book was just that good that I want to read more books that are similar to it. (I’m leaning toward the last explanation).

The characters in THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US were excellent! I loved Cayman. She was so funny with all of her sarcasm. I loved that she was able to be sarcastic without coming off as rude, obnoxious, or a know it all. Her comments were genuinely funny and I found myself laughing out loud on multiple occasions due to her wit. She is definitely a character that will keep you on your toes!

Xander! Oh, Xander! How I loved you! He was sexy. He was confident without being arrogant (most of the time anyway). I loved that he was your typical rich guy but at the same time not. He was loaded and had all of the fancy things rich people tend to have. He didn’t have any cheap clothes and knew nothing about the Salvation Army or thrift stores. Yet, he was incredibly kind and genuine.

I finished this book at 2:45 in the morning and immediately tweeted Kasie West AND sent her an email gushing about it. That’s how good it was! THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is one of those books that can easily be devoured in a day or even in a sitting if life doesn’t get in the way.

Kasie West has officially become a part of my author auto-buy list. Currently, this list includes two names: Kasie West and Julie Kagawa. I’m just not one to auto-buy. The main takeaway from this review? Buy a Kasie West book. You can’t go wrong!






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