January 15, 2015

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | Review

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 320
Synopsis via Goodreads:
 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.
     This book was so swoon-worthy and cute. After reading On the Fence by Kasie West I was hooked on her writing. Let me just say this book did not disappoint!

In the beginning...     

     Caymen Meyers works in her mothers somewhat creepy doll shop. The doll shop is where all the rich people come, in fact, why not waste your millions on scary little dolls. She is definitely not rich and she never has been. Her father left before she was born. After learning her mother was pregnant, her grandparents disowned her mother. Her mother had been an independent single mother ever since. Caymen had accepted it, and puts the doll shop in front of everything. 

    One day, a rich looking boy comes through the door and literally beckons Caymen while he blabs on his cell phone. While he is there, Caymen throws a few sarcastic remarks which she is spectacular at doing, and he buys a doll. Just a normal day in the store. 

THE Xander Spence 

     The boy who entered the shop just so happens to be the heir of a HUGE hotel chain. He's rich, rude, and incredibly well... Hot! So the next day, when he shows up at the store with a muffin and a hot choclate bright and early Caymen is a little shocked. Insert the morning ritual. He takes a sip of her drink (sounds gross right? Well it's incredibly adorable in the book)  and hands it to her. She drinks it as he walks her to school. She only goes to school for half a day so she can leave for work. I told she puts work before everything! Although Xander lives in what might as well be a mansion and she lives above a doll store, oh and he's rich and she's not, he keeps coming back.


Oh Caymen! 

     I loved our main character! I found her so relatable. I think she was the most hilarious character I have ever read about. She is so good at using sarcasm that you don't know if she is being serious or not. Her best friend, Skye, gave me such a punk rock vibe. She was totally cool. I loved her confidence as well. 

Careers?

     Throughout the story, Xander and Caymen began taking each other to different place  exploring different job possibilities. While Xander used his private jet to take her to a science lab, and she took him grave digging, I found these scenes incredibly hilarious and enjoyable. They were so adorable together. But there was one little pronpblem, Caymen has a boyfriend. Not just any bf either. He just so happened to be a hot rockstar in the same band as Skye's sonwriting boyfriend. 

     His name was Mason, and I really liked his character. He wasn't really the typical arrogant rock god your all picturing. He was a nice guy. Oh and did I mention, he mother doesn't know about Xander and she loves Mason? I was suspicious of her mother throughout the story, and for good reason! 

     Kasie West took the typical Romeo and Juliet story and madd it her own. Caymen finds out that the store is not doing so well... And neither is her mother. On one career trip, Caymen takes Xander to spy her mother and things really start heating up. 
 
     Seriously, if you haven't read this book yet please do! I gave it 5 stars! The sting was awesome and I loved the story. It was a perfect light read for anytime of the year. Let me know your opinion, or if you plan on adding it to your TBR in the comment section!