My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Rich Vs. Poor, Coming-of-Age, Family
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.
I definitely need a bit of self-berating right now.
I put off reading this book for so long and that because I was certain it would fall into my heap of a pile of ever-growing clichéd love stories read.
But it didn’t! Well… it didn’t fall that far from said pile, but what counts is where it landed in the end and that is in my ‘‘guilty pleasure’’ pile.
That’s right, Kasie West is one hell of a guilty pleasure writer for me.
Truth be told, the skeleton of her novels is always a little overused. For instance, The Distance Between Us relates the story of a poor teenage girl who falls in love with a rich teenage boy.
BUT. What is special about this author is that the meat on the skeleton is fresh.
(Well that metaphor sure was morbid.)
Take Caymen. She has one hell of a dry humor, and unlike most teen girls her age, she’s not in search of a boyfriend. And neither is Xander. Of a girlfriend.
They have a charming story of the first time they met—at a doll shop.
And the way they spend time in each other’s company is also very original. See, they both have a hazy idea of what their ideal future would be—what they’d like to do, who they’d like to be—so they schedule these weekly-based meetings to plenty of fun (*inserts cackle*) places that could sparkle something inside of them, like an epiphany regarding their future.
It’s very, very fun.
Sure, the skeleton remains, so yes there will be clichéd situations—but that’s okay. It will not obstruct you from enjoying the story.
Those were some really great four hours I spent reading The Distance Between Us. An afternoon well spent.
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