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.
Published by HarperTeen on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
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.
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!