Monday, February 24, 2014

The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 320
Keywords: forbidden love, friendship, family
Format Read: paperback (Christmas gift)

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 comes 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, 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 she's beginning to enjoy his company. But her mother would much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. Just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that money isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized.

I actually didn't read this one until after I had finished On the Fence (which was my first approved Edelweiss book! Needless to say, I was overjoyed!). I loved that one so much, I grabbed my untouched copy of this and started reading.

I actually didn't like this one as much, but I still really loved it. The whole doll store setting was intriguing, and that's what initially captured my attention, that this was kind of an outdated sort of store going under, but there were still a few people who came in every now and then. I think what struck me most about the plot was how wonderful the juxtaposition of the old and the new was. Xander and Caymen are such stark contrasts of each other, but they worked so well, just like much of the plot. The store was old, but Caymen attempts to start a website. Caymen doesn't have a cell phone and Xander has pretty much anything he ever wants. "The Crusty Toads" had the glorious feel of an '80s grunge band but were fangirling over getting to use a high-tech studio space.

And I'm not one for instalove. I mean, I really hate it. So I think that's the only thing that had me questioning how much I really liked this book. But even that didn't stop me from loving it. Really. This was one of those exceptions where everything worked and I loved it and just wanted everything to be happy. And there was a teeny twist at the end that surprised me, which was very pleasant.

Read When: You are in the mood for a genuinely good, feel-good, it's all good book. This is one of those. Great all the time. And it will put you in a better mood. Seriously.

This cover is adorable. I love it a lot, and it looks so pretty on my shelf. But why would Caymen be all rich and fancied up on the front? It doesn't make sense. Especially after you read the book and find out she wears t-shirts and jeans all the time and buys things secondhand. I mean, I love thrifting. Seriously, I've been doing it since I was a kid, and you can find some great stuff. But this? No way. But I overlook it because the cover is so freaking cute anyway. :)


  1. The cover is really cute, even if it doesn't suit the characters. I've wanted to read this for a while, so I'm happy you found it to be a feel-good read :)

    p.s Now following you via GFB & Bloglovin'

    1. Thanks for stopping by! It was so much fun to read, and I flew through it! :)


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