Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

June 10, 2013 Book Review, Young Adult 60 ★★★★★

I received this book for free from ARC Tour in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Distance Between UsThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: ARC Tour
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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.

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Words cannot even express how excited I was for this book! I mean, I read and absolutely loved Pivot Point earlier this year by the same author, so not only was I dying for something more from Kasie West, but the premise is just the type of contemporary I love to read in the summertime. Cute persistent guy? Forbidden type love? Sign me up! And it met every single expectation I had.

Here we have Caymen, our main character who feels obligated to help out in her mom’s doll shop full time due to financial reasons. Creepy? Yeah, she thinks so too. Her answer to almost everything is met with dry humor, sarcasm and wit. I fell in love with her from page one! This is exactly the type of character that hooks me. Every thought and interaction made me laugh with the things she’d say.

One day, Xander walks into her store. This sweet, cute and rich guy walks in and makes Caymen question her presumptions she had on the stereotypes instilled on her during her life, much of it caused by her mother who let her own experiences influence her daughter. Nonetheless, a connection is made and these two follow of path of not only discovering there is so much more to people than first meets the eye, but also coming into their own and finding what it is they might want from their own life and future. I loved every moment of watching their friendship blossom into more. Occasionally I wanted to yell at Caymen to open her eyes and see what was right in front of her, instead of worrying about what her mother would think. That it’s okay to be afraid of something new and unknown and letting someone into her life. That is scary as it is, let alone someone she felt she wasn’t in the same league as. Buy guys, Xander never wavered and I love him for his patience.

There’s a lot of story hidden beneath the surface as well, primarily dealing with Caymen’s family history. I connected to her in some levels here, but we only scratched the surface on parts of it, but I’m okay with that. I didn’t need all that extra drama for once and could focus on falling in love with the sweet romance. Everything came together in just the right way in the end and I for one enjoyed the ride!

I laughed, I swooned, and I smiled the whole way through The Distance Between Us. I cannot wait to pick myself up a copy on release day! Thank you, Kasie West, for hitting another one out of the ballpark!

About Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT, its sequel SPLIT SECOND (Feb 2014), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US (a contemporary novel). I also have two more contemporaries, ON THE FENCE coming out July 1, 2014, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND coming out the summer of 2015. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

60 Responses to “Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West”

  1. Lindy Gomez

    Awesome Review Sara! After reading your review on Pivot Point I bought it. I didn’t realize this was the same author! This book sounds so good, and I’m glad it met all of your expectations, and you loved it so much!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  2. Sapir V

    I am DYING to read this one!!! You are so lucky to get an ARC. I’m going to read it as soon as it comes out, because so far all the reviews I’ve read are 5 stars.
    Caymen sounds like a great main character. I like (and identify with) sarcastic main characters!! XD
    Great review and I’m so glad this book made you smile, swoon and laugh.

    Sapir @ Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

  3. Sunny Duvall

    *happy dance* I haven’t read Pivot Point YET, but I’ve been anticipating this one and I’m SO beyond happy that it met your expectations! Sometimes you just need a book that will scratch the surface of deep issues and let you enjoy the sweet romance. Yay!

  4. Aman

    This makes me so excited! I’m going to read it this month and I can’t wait! Working in the doll shop is super creepy but it’ll be fun to read about it. Plus, I love that it doesn’t have a lot of drama. Great review, Sara!

  5. Born Bookish

    Looks like I’m gonna have to add this one to my TBR! You don’t hear about a porcelain doll shop everyday, sounds like a kind off odd/unique setting. I love when the main characters are witty, it makes the banter so much fun! Thanks for sharing =)

    • Sara @ Forever 17 Books

      You don’t hear much about porcelain dolls. I remember having one as a kid, sitting on my dresser. I don’t think I could work somewhere feeling like all of those eyes were staring at me. lol

  6. Carmen B.

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this one and that you loved Caymen’s voice so much! It’s an absolutely crucial aspect of a book for me, and I love sarcastic characters! This sounds like a sweet, fun summer book 🙂 Awesome that it’ll be out so soon!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. tigerlilyrachel

    Ahh I am so jealous you got the read this one! And I’m glad that you liked it so much. This is the first review I’ve read and I think I can say this one will be a favorite.

  8. Shooting Stars Mag

    Lovely review! I hadn’t really seen this one around, so it’s nice to get your thoughts. It’s interesting about the mother/daughter dynamic in this one; I’m curious why the mom hates people from money so much.

    -Lauren

  9. Hannah

    EEEEEEE! I’m dying for this like you don’t even know!!! I’m so glad you got to read it and enjoy it to tell me how awesome it was so that I can get even more excited!!! *deep breath* I have been in the biggest contemporary kick lately and so this sounds uber awesome to me! I cannot wait to get my hands on this beauteous baby.

    But tell me Sarah, are her heels are GORGEOUS in print as they are in the web?
    Loverly review!!!
    <33333 Inky

  10. Rachel

    I loved Pivot Point as well, Sara! So like you I was very excited to see Kasie was coming out with a contemp romance. Now I’m even more excited after reading your wonderful review! Must get my hands on this! 🙂

  11. Jennifer Messerschmidt

    I’m excited for this one too! And a doll shop does sound super creepy! Chuckie has scared me for life LOL Dating someone from a very different background can be difficult and uncomfortable especially if your mom disapproves. Xander sounds very sweet and understanding. Looking forward to this romance!

  12. Jessica Leigh

    Sigh. Great review Sara. So jealous you’ve already experienced the awesomeness of this book. It makes waiting so much harder! But I’m really glad you liked it. Especially since I know you were SO excited to get your hands on it!

    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros

  13. Amanda

    I am also excited to read this one! I loved Pivot Point as well, so while The Distance Between Us doesn’t sound like the type of book I’d normally enjoy, I want to see how West handles this storyline. Also, I think porcelain dolls are creepy, so I can’t imagine working in a store full of them!

  14. Lauren Elizabeth

    I really liked Pivot Point, and somehow I totally forgot she was writing a contemporary romance. This sounds like a really fun read, and exactly what I’m in the mood for, actually. Can’t wait till this comes out! Lovely review 🙂

  15. Ro Mejia

    Hi Sara,
    This book sounds great! I am definitely going to check it out, and the other book you suggested! Thanks for the great review, and I love the cover.

    RO
    @A Bookish Escape

  16. Vivien

    Seriously cannot wait for this read!! I loved Pivot Point and knew I’d read anything by this author. This sounds SO adorably cute 😀

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