Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: Review

RATING: 5/5 stars!
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: July 2, 2013
Find it on Goodreads here!
SUMMARY (from 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.
I am normally not a romance fan; especially NOT contemporary romance. I was one of the few that really didn't like TheFault in Our Stars, and every other contemporary book I've tried to read has bored me to death.
But I had read Kasie West's paranormal duology, PIVOT POINT and SPLIT SECOND, and loved it, so I decided to give THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US a try. And let me tell you, I am SO glad I did.
This book was just so cute. The writing, the witty banter, and the romance was all just so adorable. Caymen's sarcasm with Xander was great, and I was definitely laughing out loud quite a bit while I read.
Plus, it was so clean. One of my main worries with contemporary novels is the "clean" factor (meaning no sex/swearing/violence), but this one was almost squeaky clean. Only one slightly detailed make-out scene. It was so refreshing!
So now, after this book, I will read anything that Kasie West writes. Anything. I'll even read her grocery lists.
Overall, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US was a fantastically adorable book. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a cute, fast summer read!
CONTENT: One slightly detailed make-out scene. No sex, swearing, or violence of any kind.

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