Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
Publisher: Harperteen
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Source: Bought
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.


Review

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*

Yessss!

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. 

...kind of. 

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 ;) 

Classic.

The distance between us by Kasie West
RELEASEd july 2nd 2013 BY HARPERTEEN


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 ;) 




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19 comments:

  1. I've been really curious about this book. I've been seeing it around so much lately. The romance sounds pretty good and curious about the poor and rich aspect is portrayed. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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    1. Yes, so many people have been talking about this one. It's really, really good. I hope you enjoy it!

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  2. "he pre-sips Caymen's drinks" Yep, that does sound off :)) Buuuut now I REALLY wanna read this! This will be on the top of my to-buy list once I'm out of bankruptcy. Lovely review! Oh, and J.Law <3

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    1. lol! It definitely sounds weird out of context, but it's really cute in the book. I hope you like :)

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  3. I loved Caymen and you are so right, Jennifer Lawrence is a great comparison to her!

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    1. I know, Caymen is awesome :) I'm glad you agree with the comparison. Thanks for stopping by Sara!

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  4. Loving all the Jennifer Lawrence GIFS!!! Now that I think about it The Distance Between Us does share some similar elements with Pretty In Pink. Awesome review!! :D

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    1. Thanks! Yes, it's soooooo much like Pretty in Pink. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I loved Caymen and her dry humor! I never pictured Jennifer Lawrence as Caymen until just now, but I can TOTALLY see it :)

    Great review!

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    1. Yay, another Caymen fan! Thanks for stopping by Christy :)

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  6. This doesn't look like my sort of book (the rich and poor thing doesn't interest me) but I loved your review of it. Wow, Jennifer Lawrence is awesome! It's amazing that you found so many cool gifs of her that complemented your review!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

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    1. It's definitely not for everyone. Becca (the co-blogger at Nawanda Files) won't read books that deal with the whole poor and rich element. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing, agreed :) Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  7. Caymen is my spirit animal. Her snarky sense of humor and Xander's sips are my favorite things about the book.

    And haha yes. Totally approve of the JLaw gifs. Perfect choice.

    I did get pretty frustrated with Caymen initially because I thought her over-the-top judgments about the rich were super ridiculous but it was my only complaint.

    Like all of my fictional boyfriends, Xander looks just like Daniel Sharman in my head. I love him so much. THE SIPS ARE THE CUTEST THING EVER.

    Agree about the end of the book. It was so ridiculous.

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    1. THE SIPS = SWOON!! They are adorable. I'm so glad you liked this one too. Daniel Sharman is a perfect Xander <3 Totally agree. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I must admit that I had to scroll back to the top, because I was only looking at the Gifs, haha. I love Jennifer :D Adorable romance, snarky and sarcastic MC. Oh yeah :D I don't read many contemporaries, but I'm willing to try this one!

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    1. Lol! I'm glad you liked the Gifs! Jennifer is awesome. I could watch her interviews all day. I hope you enjoy the book!

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  9. I picked this one up a few weeks ago but haven't started it yet. I'm bumping it up to the top of my pile though because I live for snarky characters and I need a fix :) Thanks for sparking my interest back up!

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  10. I loved you review, especially with the Jennifer Lawrence gifs. Now I can't wait to get my hands on this book. The Distance Between Us will definitely be added to my TBR pile. Great review! :)

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  11. I started this yesterday and cannot put it down. I LOVE her sarcasm.

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