The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Page Count: 320
Summary from amazon
Money can’t buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be 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 just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness 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. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?
I really enjoyed reading this book. I’m always searching for the-next-great-title in the YA section of my library. I’m so glad that I happened upon this little gem. First of all, I liked the cover and the description on the back drew me in immediately because of the fact that main character works in a doll shop. This immediately took me back to my childhood, when on more than one occasion, I visited a doll shop in search of my next collectible. I loved collecting dolls in my youth and that added to my intrigue concerning the story.
I loved all the main characters, which is quite an accomplishment for the author of this book. Each character was developed very well. Kasie West took the time to give the reader enough information on each character. I felt as though I knew the characters very well. My favorite character was Xander, hands down. I absolutely loved it when Xander brought Caymen hot chocolate every morning for a week. I thought that this small act of kindness was so adorable and romantic. Xander was a perfect gentleman throughout the story. My only problem with Xander is that he seemed a little too good to be true. Caymen was second favorite character. I enjoyed her sarcastic personality and often found myself laughing at her dry humor. She seemed like a real teenager throughout the story.
There were so many aspects of the book that I loved. I really enjoyed the banter between the characters. The bantar was naural and didn’t seem forced at all. The romantic parts of the story were very sweet. I won’t give them away. ; ) I found myself smiling during these sections of the story.
Overall, this is a wonderful book. If you’re in need of a story that will cheer you up, then look no further. This book is very sweet and sure to please many.
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