The Distance Between Us
By: Kasie West
Published: July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Source: Borrowed from my local library
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Goodreads description--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.
How about I loved Caymen! I saw a lot of myself in her--well minus the loving science part. She takes the sarcastic humor a little further than I tend to, but I loved it! She was so great--that's a round-the-bout way of saying I think I'm great! No self-esteem issues here. *cheese* (Seriously, I'm just kidding.) Caymen was a character I really loved reading about. She's observant, but this characteristic tends to lead her to assumptions. And we all know what happens when you assume things. Overall though, I really loved her.
Xander is so much more than he appears and so much more than Caymen assumes him to be--see there it is again. And he gets Caymen. He just does. Well there's a learning curve on the sarcasm for those who don't use it as frequently as Caymen does, but he picks up quickly. He learns that she uses it most of the time when she's in a good mood and that she also uses it as a defense mechanism and for deflection.
"...if I've learned anything about customers it's that they don't really want your opinion." - Ok so this one is personal for me. Having worked in customer service for 7 years, I can 100% say this is a true statement.
"The kitchen doesn't like two people in it at once so it constantly shoves counter edges and drawer handles into my hips and lower back."
"You like to look at dolls, don't you? You miss them when you're away." - This only makes sense in context, but believe me...it's funny.
"...the entire fronts of our bodies are touching. I take a sharp breath as heat pours down me. He backs me up against the counter. His palm pressing into my lower back feels like it could singe a handprint onto my skin. I'm staring as hard as I can at the collar of his T-shirt.
'You look terrified. Does this scare you?'
'More than anything.'
'Because I didn't bring my mints.'
'And now the real answer...'"
"Sean raises one eyebrow when he sees us, probably thinking, Didn't we all agree that this boy is too pretty?"
The Distance Between Us was a really quick read for me--which is one of the things I'm looking for in a good book. I was completely engrossed. And while the subject isn't completely original, it didn't matter. There were enough deeper parts to keep this from being one that you blow through and forget days later.
I've been trying to read more standalones lately, but there are a couple of questions that I'd like answered that weren't completely wrapped up, so I wouldn't mind there being a sequel. If there was, I'd pick it up immediately. And The Distance Between Us just makes me excited about reading the other Kasie West book I have in my possession, Pivot Point.
The Distance Between Us gets a solid 4 stars in my book. Have you read The Distance Between Us? What did you think? Let me know!