The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

byKasie West

Paperback | July 2, 2013

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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?

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.
Title:The Distance Between UsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:July 2, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062235656

ISBN - 13:9780062235657


Rated 5 out of 5 by from CUTE and lovely contemporary I loved this! The girl lead is sarcastic and such a breathe of fresh air. Guy is sweet, caring, cocky... they match very well. I loved their relationship. Very relatable too.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Riddled With Tropes And Cliches Do authors think teens actually talk and/or act like this? Unbelievable. This book is full of tropes and clichés that I - and many other readers - are very quickly growing tired of. The main couple, at first, hate each other - how typical! - but then the inevitable happens: they fall in love. It's not even a slow burn, really; it's more of a sudden "OMG I love him" moment. Swoon? More like gag.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Nothing earth shattering here, but adorable all the same. I would recommend as a easy, feel good vacation read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect Summer Read If you're looking for one of the cutest, fast, and light hearted reads, you've found the right novel. This is a fast pace, and beautiful book about love, and family.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite This wasn't my favorite Kasie West novel Caymen was annoying at times and the plot was unrealistic
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favorite This wasn't my favorite Kasie West novel. I found Caymen a little annoying at times and the plot was just ok It also felt very unrealistic to me
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect summer read! Just so so cute! A nice lighthearted and quick read.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this novel Really good read, cute all the way.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I enjoyed this book. Although I feel the ending was rushed and incomplete. Another chapter or two to round out the story and answer some lingering questions would have been appreciated.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique, Interesting and Relatable Caymen is a well thought out character, so having her be the main character set this novel up to be a unique romance. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable I found this novel really relatable and intriguing.
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Caymen is me Okay, let's just say I love Caymen because I can relate to her level of sarcasm
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really sweet A very sweet and fun stroy
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Super sweet Sigh. I wish I felt something more than a mild detached interest in the generic couple-y cuteness. If I wasn't such a sap I probably wouldn't have found much to enjoy. As it is, I am, and so I did like it. But that's pretty much it. Plot? Meh. Characters? Aside from the two main characters, eh. Cuteness levels? Dangerously high. Like a twinkie - nothing super real or good for you, but super sweet.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Read :) Kasie West is one of my go to contemporary authors when I want a novel that will have me happily hooked on the cute romance between the main characters, and an ending that will leave me smiling and readily willing to recommend her books to anyone. The Distance Between Us is my all time favorite as I loved Caymen's sarcastic personality and Xander's hilarious antics, and the rich boy falling for the poor girl angle is always a trope that I find myself enjoying.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I love all of West's books! They are super cute and end in happy endings so yay for that! It was a super quick read and great for when you're in a reading slump!
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute!!! 4.5 stars. It was cute cute cute cute cute. There was just a wee part of the end that I wasn't a huge fan of. But watcha gonna do? Read another book, that's what! Haha Anyway I really enjoyed this book and I loved Caymen and I loved Xander and I loved that a lot of it took place in a doll store and it was lovely. If you want a cutesy contemporary to read, definitely go for this one :)
Date published: 2016-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So cute Sam is your average teenage girl who works for her mother in their little doll shop. When a rich boy comes in and they start to get to know one another, Sam starts to question herself whether or not he's the best fit for her. But trying to keep away from someone you're attracted to is easier said than done. The personalities of the main two characters were the starring roles in the book. They made it all the more memorable than I could ever hope for. Sam is one of the most sarcastic and wittiest characters around. I could not stop laughing at some of the things she would say. She is your classic teenager with a normal job but she has the dry sense of humour you find in sitcom TV shows. And even though Xander starts out as your typical rich boy, there's always something more profound and deep about his personality than what you first see. But the story? The story is your typical rom com movie plot, but it works so well that you don't even mind. It's one of the cutest stories about different lifestyles I've read this year. Pick this one up if you're looking for a cute romance with a side of witty! Kasie West has me gobbling up all her contemporary romances.
Date published: 2015-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty life changing!! This book makes me look at life in a new perspective and I love it! This story shows what reality really is....
Date published: 2015-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Distance Between Us I loved this book. I am glad Cayman didn't wasn't Xander just because he was rich. There's to much of that now in the world.
Date published: 2014-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Swept Away By Books The Distance Between Us was an absolutely adorable book. It was a slightly cliched topic but it was so perfectly executed that it totally didn't feel done before. I am currently reading Kasie's other book Pivot Point and I am totally falling in love with her writing style. It's light and fun, but capable of heavier topics. Her characters are so incredibly likable. Caymen, the leading lady of The Distance Between Us is sarcastic and quick witted and I loved reading about her bizarre life working in her mother's china doll shop. The setting is what totally separated this book from other contemporaries for me. Having Caymen work and live above the family Doll shop was totally weird and out of the norm. And I really think that's what contributed to what made Caymen so quirky. Xander too was an awesome character. He was totally swoon worthy and he broke the mold on what Caymen thought the rich were like. He was exactly what she needed. The relationships in The Distance Between Us, from Caymen and her mom, to Caymen and Xander, to Caymen and her best friend Skye were so well fleshed out. I read this book in about 6 hours but that's just because I simply couldn't put it down. It was fun and completely sucked me in. Reading it while lying in the sun was the best way to spend my day!
Date published: 2013-11-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect summer read! Xander Spence lives in a mansion, heir to a massive fortune and has a private jet at his beck and call. Caymen lives in a tiny apartment above their equally tiny doll store. Xander has four luxury sports cars in his disposal. Caymen couldn't even bear to part with her measly $40 for a vintage dress she found at a thrift store. Let me tell you, the great divide between social classes couldn't be more glaring than if the sign hit you in the face. Throw in some haughty socialites and a wealthy family willing to disown an unwed pregnant child and you'll see exactly how both sides live. I've read a book where the writer was very successful in painting the demarkation line between the rich and the poor. It's not only a money thing but it's in the attitude as well. Caymen kept a steady dislike for the rich, but when it comes right down to it, she was more prejudiced against the wealthy than the wealthy ever was. She would explain later that there was a rich but absent father - or a sperm donor, if you will, and how his family bought her mom off in exchange for her silence. There was also a sudden appearance of rich grandparents toward the end that I thought was not so much ill placed but had happened so conveniently that it was almost artificial. Caymen had spend much of her life trying to be the one person her mom could count on. She's a good kid who never gets in trouble. She does well in school, she helps out in their store and she'd do anything her mom asks her to do. She's the perfect kid who's happy on the surface but a mess of wanting and never getting on the inside. She gets by with sarcasm and dry humour for most of her young life. And yet, with all her clever spontaneity she wouldn't say exactly what she was thinking. This is the root of my frustration. She perpetually avoids confrontation and discussion, therefore prolonging and dragging the drama. The philosophy that nothing good could ever come in associating with the rich had been ingrained in her for as long as she could remember. So when Xander walks in to her life, she had to hide him like a dirty secret. This is my other frustration with the book. I understand why she refused to give her mother an added stress but I wanted her to stand up to her. It took forever for her to finally tell her mother that her fear of Caymen turning out to be exactly how she did was unfounded. So why give it a four star rating if all I could do was complain about all the ways Caymen frustrated me? Simple. I enjoyed this book for the most part. It was romantic and funny and the kids here are clever and smart. It's exactly how I like my contemporary read. The romance didn't happen instantaneous but instead in a slow but sweet progression. I love seeing the attraction between characters grow into something deeper than a shallow magnetism. So regardless of a couple of things that bugged me, this book is a perfect summer read. Besides, what could be more swoon-worthy than a boy who can whisk his girl in a private jet?
Date published: 2013-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute and Charmingly Sweet! It was love at first sight when I saw the cover for Kasie West's The Distance Between Us, and after reading the novel, it couldn't be any more perfect. The sun setting in the distance as Caymen and Xander hold hands while leaning against the car creates such a pretty picture. The Distance Between Us is a cute and romantic read that will have you rooting for Caymen and Xander to be together from the very beginning! Caymen may be the unofficial Queen of Sarcasm, but her dry sense of humour is really just a shield to protect herself from getting hurt. For years, Caymen's mother has warned her to stay away from the rich, that they'll only use her until their interest wanes, but Xander Spence slips past all her defenses the day he enters her mother's struggling porcelain-doll shop. Xander is not just wealthy, but outrageously so, as his family owns a very successful hotel empire. He may come from another world, but he's also the only person who has ever really understood her, and it's a feeling that scares her. Despite Caymen's initial impression that Xander was a self-entitled, arrogant person, the more time she spends around him, the more she realizes she couldn't be any more wrong. Yes, he has a very confident personality, but he's also very kind and down-to-earth. Caymen may have been afraid to get too close to him because of their very different backgrounds, but Xander never hesitated to close the distance between them. I really admired his determination to show the sincerity of his feelings and how he tried to help Caymen understand for herself that her life could mean more than constantly working at the doll store. The only fault I found with The Distance Between Us was that the conclusion felt rather abrupt and wrapped up too quickly... but maybe that's because I simply didn't want the book to end! Kasie West has written a charmingly sweet novel I'll be reading again and again in the future. If you're a fan of the contemporary YA genre, I'd highly recommend Kasie West's The Distance Between Us as your next book pick! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointment to say the least ! I read a lot of reviews and honestly expected this book to be a lot better. If you want mediocre writing and a predictable plot than this book is for you
Date published: 2013-07-10

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