The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
After reading Pivot Point, and being blown away by the humor, I was so excited to see that Kasie West was diving into contemporary romance. First off, The Distance Between Us isn't about a long-distance relationship. The distance is actually metaphorical for the separation of the rich and poor. So if you don't like books featuring rich-poor dynamics then this is one you should steer clear of. But if you like humor -- look no further!
Caymen is one snarky, sarcastic character, and she's not afraid to tell you that sarcasm is her greatest gift. In the opening pages, all I could picture was Jennifer Lawrence spouting off incredible one-liners. So in order to properly invoke how much Caymen is awesome-funny this review will be infiltrated with JLaw gifs. Starting now.
So you have Caymen (aka Jennifer Lawrence) working at her mother's store that sells porcelain dolls, which only perpetuates the jokes. And in walks Xander Spence. He comes off like a rich douchebag, but we all know that will slowly fade away. Caymen is immediately put off by his wealth, her preconceived notions of the upper class make her extremely bitter.
I can see where lots of people might get aggravated with Caymen since she's over-the-top judgmental. But I also knew going into this book that it's about rich and poor, and I was invested in seeing how Caymen would learn to grow as a character. The Distance Between Us is basically Pretty in Pink without Duckie. While I was bummed there wasn't a quirky male best friend, I loved the other side characters in the book. Henry, Mason, and Skye were all distinctive and added to the novel. Skye was my favorite, mainly in the fact that we don't see many really great, supportive girl friends in books anymore. Loved her! *cue random JLaw gif*
The romance...was adorable! It's that light and cuddly kind that you just want to snuggle up with. Xander foils Caymen's humor so well, and he's able to really crack her walls.
Okay, so Xander doesn't have a British accent, but Jennifer Lawrence is so right about that. What does Xander have that makes him so charming? For one, he pre-sips Caymen's drinks...uhhh, out of context that sounds gross, so in order to find that endearing -- go the read the book!! Seriously, I urge you to read it to swoon over this guy. *Cue JLaw gif*
The plot focuses on Xander and Caymen's budding relationship and the fact that they have this intangible separation because of their economic standing. Towards the end of the book, the plot really does kick up and involves Caymen's mother. I wish this story could have been introduced sooner because it was super interesting. There are twists! My sleuthing skills failed me on this one and I was pretty much blindsided. *Cue shocked face*
The only downside to this very humorous, very romantic book was the very very end. I felt like what happened was a disservice to Caymen's growth as a character. Spoiler Alert - highlight to read: By having her grandparents be insanely wealthy in the end, it totally voided the whole poor v. rich aspect to her relationship with Xander. Sure, she's still poor but she comes from money and it's safe to assume that her grandparents will help her and her mother out with their financial crisis. Now Caymen will get to see the "rich" side of things when she should have accepted people without having to "physically" walk a mile in their shoes. *Sigh* Jennifer Lawrence will express my sentiment better.
Otherwise, I really enjoyed The Distance Between Us with all its dry humor. And if you forgot who Caymen basically is then here's one last Jennifer Lawrence gif to stoke your memory ;)
ROBOT VERDICT: A great snarky female lead with a romantic swoony guy. This contemporary romance about the rich and the poor feels like a nostalgic Pretty in Pink. If you love dry humor -- think JLaw -- cute romances, and happy endings, then The Distance Between Us is your perfect cup of hot chocolate ;)