Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review: The Distance Between Us - Kasie West

AuthorKasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 2nd 2013
Source: Publisher
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.
My Thoughts
When I added Kasie West's The Distance Between Us to my TBR list I did it solely for that gorgeous cover. Boy am I'm glad I did it because this heart warming story just became one of my favorite reads for 2013. 
The Distance Between Us takes cliche poor girl/rich boy scenario and turns it into an amazing story that will leave you gushing about it weeks after you turn that final page! 
I feel that characters can make or break a book. The Distance Between Us is a solid example of this-If the characters were flat and poorly constructed the whole rich guy/poor girl story would have been a huge fail. So I'm glad to say that the awesome-sauce characters were one of the strengths of The Distance Between Us.
Caymen is a senior who's helping her mom to make ends meet by working at her mom's porcelain doll store. 
Brownie points to Kasie West for the original(and kinda creepy) setting-I don't think I've ever come across a  YA book that's set in a doll shop!
I absolutely loved Caymen's voice-her dry humor was enough to keep me reading. She used her sarcasm without remorse and I loved this girl for it! (I think maybe overusing the word LOVE in this review)
“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?
I've missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.” 

And Xander-It's a crime to create such a frigging perfect character because all my other fictional boyfriends look just pale in comparison to this guy. He was super charming, thoughful and sweet in this real way. And despite Caymen's attempts to keep him away with her sarcasm he calls her out on it and keeps pursuing her.
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.” 
“And now the real answer . . .” 
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.”
From digging graves and shopping at thrift stores to flying out to check out universities-I loved the way Kasie uses these cute 'career days' to help us get to know Xander and Caymen better! 
The Distance Between Us is a book that leaves you with a 'happy high' that you get only after you eat multiple bars of chocolate and watch Beauty and the Beast a bazillion times.
Happy High......Something like this
There was twist at the end that kinda threw me off for a second, I felt that this tied things up a little too neatly. But other than tiny little road bump The Distance Between Us was pretty much awesome!
So basically, what I'm try to say is read this book people-READ IT NOW.

The Distance Between Us is what contemporary books are all about-swoony, fun and dramatic enough to keep you turning those pages.
My Rating
* A huge thank you to Harper Teen and Kasie West for a copy of this amazing book. I heart you guys. *


  1. Yay, so happy you loved this book. I haven't had a good experience with Kasie West (Mind Games reference) but I've heard nothing but amazing things about this book. My best friend read it and she though exactly what you thought. That it was nice nice but the ending was a bit too neatly done. Either way this sounds awesome. Great review, Nuzaifa! : )

  2. One of your favourite 2013 reads? That's high praise! And when ever I hear of awesome sauce characters, I'm sold. I'm all about the characters, they make or break every single book for me.

  3. It seems to be a great review..I love to read this book asap :)

  4. I have to agree, I adore that cover too! I'm so happy to hear that it takes a story that could have been cliche, and turns it into something really good. :) Great review!

  5. Also planned to buy this solely for the cover, although now your review is making me more excited to read "The Distance Between Us". I already love Caymen's sarcasm and Xander's persistence, and I absolutely love relationships like this.

  6. I can't wait to read this especially after your wonderful review, Nuzaifa! This has been on my radar for quite some time and I have a copy, so I guess I need to read it soon! :)

  7. I can't wait to read this! Great review -- I need to pick this up! Yes, the cover is totally gorgeous too. And Xander sounds totally sweet. =)

  8. Nuz! I just read this last week and IT WAS SO GOOD I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!! I can't even imagine why I didn't read it asap. And yes, that neat wrap-up at the end was a little bit hmm, off, but since I don't give half stars, this is a 5 for me! Great review, I wanna gush with you so much about Xander!


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