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The Distance Between Us Paperback – July 2, 2013
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From School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up–Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers works in her mother's shop selling porcelain dolls to wealthy patrons. Even though she and her mom know that the rich can't be trusted, they rely on them to keep the store afloat. Then charismatic Xander walks into the store and seems to understand cynical and sarcastic Caymen better than anyone else, and she begins to wonder if maybe she and her mother were wrong. That is, until she's mistreated by Xander's friends and, after reading a tabloid, discovers that he may already have a girlfriend. Ultimately, however, Caymen realizes that she has a love worth fighting for, and the star-crossed lovers end up together. Despite the predictable ending, the charming story is beautifully written, and the characters are well developed. Similar in feel to books by Susane Colasanti, West‘s novel is sweet and captivating.–Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
During a shift at her mother’s shop, Cayman meets Xander, who seems like an arrogant rich guy. Cayman’s mother has long warned her about the wealthy; Cayman’s father came from money but left before she was even born. But Xander, though indeed wealthy, may be kind, after all—and he seems interested in Cayman. There’s a strong Cinderella flavor here, including a ball from which Cayman flees, and readers will easily relate to Cayman as she sorts out her true identity: not a poor little poor girl, not her mother’s keeper, and most definitely not a rich guy’s toy. Recommend this familiar but satisfying love story to fans of realistic chick lit. Grades 7-10. --Diane Colson
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I love the sarcasm and the witty comments that Kasie West writes with. It's authentic and natural. It makes me wonder if she is like that in real life and it makes me want to be her best friend.
I enjoyed this book so much I immediately bought The Fill-In Boyfriend and I don't think I'll be getting any kind of sleep tonight.
Anyways Xander and Caymen are more like a real couple then a fictional pairing. I appreciate that they feel so real. I mean yeah the book had its cheesy moments but what good book doesn't? I didn't call the last 100 pages of the book which is a nice change for me. I was actually surprised.
The one problem I had was the ending. I felt like I was left with more questions then necessary. It felt like I was being set up for a sequel that will probably never happen. Here's to wishing.
Caymen and Xander were just perfect together. They were polar opposites, but I loved how they could put their masks down and just be themselves when they were together. The transition from total strangers to friends felt natural and believable, and I loved their conversations and their "career day" dates.
Caymen's dry humor was awesome. It is rare to find a heroine who uses sarcasm without coming out as a bitter, annoying stmartass, and Caymen managed to be both funny and sensitive at the same time. As for the (swoon-worthy) Xander, he is one of those rare heroes that are rich, confident and smart without being arrogant jerks. He was always a perfect gentleman, and I loved how he could see through Caymen's sarcasm to discover the vulnerable girl she truly was inside, and how he was willing to get out of his comfort zone for her.
The secondary characters were very likeable too, particularly Skye, and the rest of the Crusty Toads band. I was annoyed by Caymen's mother's attitude towards rich people, but never particularly disliked her either. There was conflict, but it had a good and somewhat unexpected resolution.
This is one of those books that just leaves you with a smile, an excellent option to pick when you want to read a cute romance that leaves you smiling. I've read it several times already and I enjoy it every time.
Cayman is seventeen and a senior in high school, although none of this book happens at the school. She spends most of her time working at her mother’s porcelain doll shop, and lives with her mom upstairs over the shop. She buys her clothes at thrift stores, as does her best friend Skye. They live in a beach town where the rich people almost outnumber the locals. Cayman has never known her father, as he left the scene as soon as her mother told him she was pregnant. He was rich, and his parent’s hush money is what gave them the start of the doll shop. And her mom’s parents disowned her. So it’s just Cayman and her mom and has been that way for always. One day a young and very noticably rich guy comes into the store to find a present for a birthday. And that’s how this story and friendship really starts.
Cayman was so refreshing for a main character. Her specialty is sarcasm and lots of it. She uses it in all sorts of situations and most of it was really funny, although at times it wasn’t exactly appropriate. She’s a worrier, she knows the shop is failing, and her mom won’t tell her anything. Xander is the third son of a mega rich family of hotel owners. He doesn’t know what he wants to be, no more than Cayman does. So they decide to have career days where they each pick somethng to do to see if they will like that for their future. Those days in the book were some of the fun parts of the story. Of course with Xander’s money, his ideas are way more interesting than Cayman can come up with. There is problems with their relationship, namely the fact she has to hide him from her mother, instead of the other way around. Her mom has a deep seated hatred of rich people due to her past, whereas Cayman meets his parents early on. And did I mention, the tabloids that show pictures of him with another girl? Yes, there’s problems.
I ended up enjoying the whole thing. Start to finish, and it was such a quick read for me. Way less than a day. I went to look to see what other books the author had written and found two. What I also found was that these two eBooks are listed for more than you would pay at a discount store when they are brand new out. $9.99 for an older ebook is just wrong in my opinion, so I won’t be buying them. I doubt that many young adults have that kind of money for a book either. Jumping off my soapbox now! This particular book was way more reasonably priced so that’s the good news.
Highly recommended to young adult romance readers.
I do like Cayman's humor and as previously reviewed by another person, she is for sure reminiscent of a Gilmore Girl. I do find it slightly ironic that although Cayman realized Susan is being unfair where she judges Mason differently than Xander, but she continues to judge Xander for the same reasons only proving that she too had a prejudice to his wealth. I wish we had gotten to know Xander better and why he was hanging out with 'friends' who obviously are not the nicest of people and how someone could not realize how nasty inside a person is.
But seriously, when my book ended with Xander going into the hospital room I seriously looked for the rest of the chapters. I liked this book but where is the rest??