A stay-at-home mom of four children, three of them girls, ranging in age from four to 12, Kasie West hears lots of melodramatic versions of large-than-life events. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies, with a strong focus on linguistics and psychology, from Fresno State University. She lives in Fresno, CA.
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 Rating: 4.5 stars
I re-read this a few days ago, so I thought why not put a review up for it?
The Distance Between Us was a surprising read. I went into this not expecting much. Contemporary romances usually fail to impress me. But I fell in love with this one!
The Distance between Us is cute, funny, and sarcastic. Yes, sarcastic. I’m pretty sure this book is a mandatory read for those courses offering a PhD. in sarcasm.
So what did I love most in this book? Caymen. I loved her. She is witty, funny and normal.
“How come the dog isn’t named?” He reads aloud the title on the box. “‘Peggy and dog.’”
“Because people tend to want to name animals after their beloved pets.”
“No. I have no idea. I can give you the number of Peggy’s creator if you want to ask.”
“You have the phone number of this doll’s creator?”
“No.” I punch the price into the register and push Total.”
“I’d rather not see their eyes. Eyes can say so much. Theirs say, ‘I want to steal your soul so don’t turn your back on us.”
“Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm.”
“If you’re recording notes for an official record, I’d like the word ‘very’ stricken and replaced with ‘exceptionally.”
Come on! How can you not love her?
I really loved how the relationship between Xander and Caymen developed. It was sweet and fun and aww… and *sigh*
I also liked how they weren’t exchanging ‘I love you’s ‘ within the first few chapters( you’d be surprised how often that happens).
And the banter between them is sooo cute!
“Like the islands.”
“Your name. Caymen. Like the Cayman Islands. Is that your mom’s favourite place to visit or something?”
“No, it’s her third favourite place. I have an older brother named Paris and an older sister named Sydney.”
“Wow.” He opens the bag, takes out a muffin, and hands it to me. The top glistens with sprinkled sugar. “Really?”
I gently unwrap it. “No.”
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
This is my first Kasie West novel, and I’m really looking forward to reading more books by her. I liked her writing and the characters she created.
The Distance Between Us made me smile, made me laugh and most important of all, it made me really happy.