Friday, July 8, 2016

The Distance Between Us



Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Number in series: Standalone
Genre: contemporary, romance

Rating: 5/5


Goodreads description: 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: Okay. Let's talk perfection.

So a few days ago I was at one of my libraries, causally strolling through books, and then I saw it. I was so surprised that the library had it (the Croatian libraries are not so 'in' with popular, 'new' books). Lately I heard so much about how good this book is. And frankly, I was a bit scared to read it. I like to read a bit of (summer) romance in the summer, but that doesn't mean I'm a huge fan of every romance there it. 

The story is about Caymen, a sarcastic, clever seventeen-year-old. She lives with her mother, over their doll store. The situation they live in feels real, it is real. Her father, wanting a good career, left them not giving them a second glance. After Caymen's mother told her parents she's pregnant, they disowned her. Ever since than, they've been on their own. And they're struggling, they're in dept.

One day, a costumer comes to buy a doll for his grandmother's birthday. Xander was his name. And that's where the books starts, with him beckoning. 

The story is full of Caymen's sarcastic comments and her dry humour. The whole story follows her on a journey through love, but also friendship, and career aspects. 

It shows the parallel between two worlds (the wealthy and the 'poor'), two love possibilities (Xander - the rich and Mason - the musician) and two relationships between parents and their children.

I love how the friendship between Caymen and Skye. It didn't feel forced and the dialogues between them were the ones I'd maybe have with my friends. And after one found a boyfriend, it didn't change their relationship. And when Caymen had (boy)problems, Skye was a friend and helped her,she didn't nag at her and acted like she was the best, she was a friend.

I was glad with how the 'love-triangle' dissolved. And how there wasn't much of the: ''Oh my! Whom will I choose?? I love them both! OMG''. This was more like: ''Nah, he's my bro. I like the other one.''

Caymen was, in my opinion, a realistic representation of a teenage girl. I liked the humour and sarcasm. There were a time or two that I felt she needed to chill and get herself together. But seriously, what teenager isn't like that, a mess? She was a good and strong character, and her character developed through the story.

Xander was an interesting character as well. Grown up in a rich family, supposed to inherit and lead his family's business. Wanting more in his life than that. Being clever and full of smart and interesting ideas. Falling in love with Caymen.

The story was such an easy and interesting read. I started it around 10pm and couldn't go to sleep before I finished it. 312 pages of pure bliss. The story had a cute and fluffy romance, a path of (kinda) self-discovery, good reps for a healthy and normal friendship, not a love-triangle full of jealousy and unnecessary drama.

It had many good plot scenes and not to mention a few morbid, yet cool scenes. And a somewhat unexpected ending.

I liked the story very much, and I'm glad that the hype about it wasn't for nothing.


Quotes: 
'' “Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?"
"I've missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.” ''

'' “Caymen?”
“Yes?”
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Why?”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
“And now the real answer . . .”
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.” ''





Did you read this book? What are your thoughts? Did you like the friendship between Caymen and Skye? What about the relationship between Caymen and Xander? Did you like Mason?


 

  

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