Saturday, December 7, 2013

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: July 2nd 3013
Format: e-book (borrowed)
Pages: 320

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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.

My Take
First things first things first I LOVE CAYMAN! I like-ish Xander, really liked Skye, I was not particularly fond of Cayman’s mother.

This was a great story! I was pretty hooked as soon as I started reading it. I was even so taken by it that I let my other book rental lapse and now I have to wait my turn to be able to rent the book again. I felt like the story was very well written and I was completely absorbed in Cayman’s struggles with love, life and her mother.

Cayman was just such a fun character. She’s not a typical teenager because she’s very mature for her age. I think I probably love her so much because being an only child of a single parent, I can totally relate to her relationship with her mother. 

I felt like the love story wasn’t so much about Xander so we really didn’t get to know him as well as Cayman but I felt like that was ok. Not that there wasn’t anything to know about him, but his issues where trivial comparatively.

The reason I am not giving this book 5 cups of yummies is the ending. It feltrushed, that’s the best way I can describe it. The whole situation was a lot of build up with very little pay off. It was a little disappointing. I was actually kind of mad at the book for ending. It left me feeling like their just should have been MORE.

On the whole I really enjoyed this novel and I am looking forward to reading more books by Kasie West. 

“Obviously he has never encountered anyone like me in any of this “go visit the common people so you can appreciate your life more” outings”
 “Feeling, my dear daughter, you will perhaps learn one day, can be the most costly thing in the universe”

“Because I am afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over”
“Hi, I’m stranger one and this is stranger two. Are you uncomfortable yet?”

 About the Author

I am the mother of four--three daughters and one son.  We live in Central California where the summers try to kill us with their 115 degree stretches.
I graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.  I earned my masters in Junior Mint eating (which is awarded after eating your millionth King Size box....I'm now working on my PhD).  I love sappy alternative rock ballads and reading way past my bedtime. 
I love to write--too much. It's a sickness really. My debut novel, PIVOT POINT, is out now with HarperTeen. (And will be followed by its sequel, Split Second on February 11, 2014.)

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, my contemporary YA novel, will be published July 2, 2013 (HarperTeen
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