July 10, 2013

Title: The Distance Between Us

Author: Kasie West ♥ @kasiewest

Published: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Harper TEEN

Pages: 320

Source: borrowed ARC

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

  • Christina thought this title absolutely swoony and fun. It kept me reading and grinning until 2AM. It goes on her top shelf.

**Special Note:** My KP, Stacee from the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, let me borrow her ARC of this title. All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition (which you should totally go and buy).

The Lowdown: Two very different sets of classes exist between the blurred community lines of this little seaside Californian town, the rich and the people that sell things to them. Our seventeen-year-old heroine, Caymen Meyers, is of the latter group and that makes her an excellent observer of those with loaded pockets, especially from her perch behind the register of her mom’s porcelain doll store. Over the years, most of her- as well as her mother and her best friend’s- comic relief has come at the expense of making fun of those with wealthy lifestyles and the pompous behavior they usually exude because of it.

Then one day Xander Spence, a rich pretty boy with an abundance of arrogance, swaggers into the store and Caymen quickly pegs him to be like all the rest. It didn’t help that he beckoned her when he needed her assistance. However, after some time and much to her initial dismay, he magically inserted himself into her almost everyday routine and the great divide Caymen always thought existed between them didn’t seem so wide. But after Caymen finally breaks down the wall she’s so steadfastly held between them, she learns the hard way that sometimes money does wield certain powers… as well as keep secrets and tell lies. 

WARNING: It’s likely that I’ll abuse the hell out of the word ‘love’ from this point on. It’s also likely that my adjectives and adverbs will get ridiculously excessive. I apologize in advance for my gushing/rambling and general fangirl behavior.

My Thoughts:  I FREAKING LOVE THIS BOOK! I love its characters- a whole host of wonderfully dynamic people with unique personalities that came across as authentic and believable.  I love the exceptional use of dialogue that flowed effortlessly and kept me grinning page after page. I love the cover. I love the content. I absolutely freaking adore that it had the perfect amount of angst– just enough so you don’t choke on the adorable, though it was a tad predictable at times– and happy, swoony cuteness that I’ve been craving as of late.

I want to note here that I practically loved every character in this novel, but if I raved about them all, we’d be here forever. So, it’s only for that reason, that I’ll just talk about our two MC’s. Caymen was a breath of literary fresh air with her sarcasm, wittiness, and dry sense of humor. She had me laughing and loving her from the very beginning. If I could make a list of fictional best friends, she’d probably be in my top 3 of all time. Then there’s Xander. I don’t even really know where to begin with him. He’s flirty and open about it, he takes Caymen’s sarcasm literally just to make her laugh,. He’s charming and I could easily feel his presence on every page whether he was in the scene or not. [Sidenote: I do have to say here that I'm not sure whether to be disgusted or not about the taking-the-first-sip thing. Normally, I'd be repulsed about people drinking from my drink (Stop judging me, I'm finicky.), but there's something about him that totally made me feel like I would've been okay with it. Which is just… weird. You'll understand this more once you've read it. Then, AND THEN(!!!), he also brings her blueberry muffins which is basically my kryptonite, so I was a goner for him after that for real.] Separately they’re great, but together, damn, did they ever have chemistry. Sigh.

Swoons: Oh heck yes, Xander brought them. But I’m a girl that loves to laugh, so if a guy can make me giggle, he’s usually golden.

♥ Swoony teaser:

“Why do you care?” I whisper.

For a second I think he didn’t hear me because I’m facing away from him, his arms still wrapped around my shoulders, but then he says, “Because I care about you.” I close my eyes for one second and let myself feel those words, feel him. 

Verdict: You want to read this book! Admittedly, I thought the plot could have had a lot of room to grow and step away from the stereotypical theme of rich versus poor love interests– and it did to a certain extent at the end– but the reason I’m giving this one ALL THE STARS!!! such a high rating is because of how deeply I fell in love with these characters. Caymen’s the best girlfriend I always wished I had and Xander is just a swoony sweet flirt that inevitably makes for the best kind of book boyfriend. This is definitely one I’ll be purchasing myself and a relationship that I look forward to revisiting soon.

♥  A very special thanks to Stacee for letting me borrow her copy. Make sure you go check out her blog because she’s my most favorite person ever to see what awesome authorly adventure she’s been on recently.


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