26/09/2013

Review: The Distance Between Us {Kasie West}



 
Caymen Meyers knows only one thing about rich people: they're nothing like her. So when Xander Spence walks into her mother's doll shop, oozing his rich all over the place, Caymen knows instantly that they have nothing to talk about. After all, if it's one thing she's learned from her mother, it's that rich men have short attention spans. They lose interest. And they always leave.

Only, Xander doesn't leave. He keeps coming around, despite Caymen's dry humour and scathing retorts. And, more surprisingly, she starts to enjoy it.

Despite her mother's warnings, Caymen beings to wonder whether having money isn't actually a character flaw. And if it's Xander she should worry about, or her own mother.

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      Kasie West knows how to write witty banter. Dare I say, she manages it better than any other author on my bookshelf. Period. 

Caymen is one of the funniest characters I've read about (she actually kind of reminded my of myself. Because I'm so hilarious. Right?). She's sarcastic, quick-witted and her humour isn't corny, which can be case in contemporaries. Instead it's dry, playfully berating and genuinely hilarious. Caymen's the kind of gal who fires the perfect comebacks straight away, while we all think of them an hour later.

Xander was also a great leading man. He took Caymen's humour in his stride and returned the banter with a smile. Plus the fact that he brought her morning cups of pre-sipped hot chocolate – and, actually, pre-sipped all her drinks – was the cutest thing. And yes, I understand that anyone who hasn't read the book may find that weird and disturbing. But if you read it, you'll get it. And you'll love it.

Xander also never tries to hide his wealth or pretend he's 'just like everybody else deep down'. I mean, the guy wears driving gloves. But that was part of his charm: he was rich and he didn't hide it or flaunt it. It was just part of who he was. A fact of life. And I loved that he didn't want his money to define him or his future – he wanted to find out what his dreams were and see if they were a possibility.

Which leads me to another part of this book I loved – Xander and Caymen's 'career days', where they had turns taking each other to places they felt would help the other realise their deepest aspirations. Mostly, Caymen took the comedy route in her attempts to find Xander his place in the world, but Xander's attempts to help her were really heart-warming and considerate.

I also enjoyed the sub-plot with Caymen's mother. I was intrigued by what was going on with her and the story behind her family and it was great to be there with Caymen as she tried to figure it out. But, as brilliant as the 'reveal' was, it ended too quickly. There was a big bombshell and then BAM a nice little bow was tied on top and everything was resolved with happily ever afters. It felt rushed. 

 
I finished this book with a smile. There were a few things I would've liked explored a little more, but that didn't matter in the end, because this was a story with a host of authentic and genuinely likeable characters.

"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."

 

 
 

Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart.
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22 comments:

  1. I feel like this a book that I can just swoon over. Plus I think the cover is absolutely adorable and romantic. I'll be checking this one out of the library soon! Great review!
    Megan @ Books i View

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    1. Let me know what you think once you've read it! :)

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  2. Hah, love that quote! I'm a big fan of witty characters, so I think I'd enjoy this one.

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  3. Caymen sounds awesome :) I love characters like that and I've been hearing some awesome things about this book! I'm really contemplating getting this. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  4. This book sounds amazing! I usually don't read contemporary fic, but it's by the author of Pivot Point--I'll have to make an exception! Great review ;)

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  5. It sounds like an interesting story. If am not mistaken, a teenager type of love inside. That's exciting!
    Ashley@dissertation writing

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  6. Oh man, this story just sounds so charming and heart warming, Xander sounds adorable. Lol what why is he pre-sipping all the drinks? Think I need to read on to find out just for that bit alone. Thanks for the great review Allie! Also, did you change your theme? It looks amazing!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

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    1. The pre-sipping drinks thing is one of my favourite parts of the book. Actually I think it's in my Top Ten Cutest Things Ever list haha - read it and find out ;)

      And yes I changed the theme! I'm so glad you like it!!! I can't stop staring at the adorable birdies :D Stephanie over at The Hopeless Romantics did it (for free, actually!). She's a star.

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  7. Kasie sounds like a hilarious writer. My sis loves her other book too Pivot Point and says the same thing. That quote that you picked - hahaha! I love it! I'm not a big fan of rich/poor premises, but I'm tempted to read this one. Great review!!

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    1. The thing I like about this is that the rich/poor thing actually doesn't end up being a big deal to anyone but Caymen's mum (and Caymen, at first)! Even Xander's family are really cool, so I think that's what sets it aside from other books with a similar premise. It's not really about the obstacles they face because of their money (or lack thereof) :)

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  8. I've been wanting to read this one! I'm glad you liked it!

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  9. I've heard so many good things about it but for some reason I'm still iffy about it. The Distance Between Us still sounds so cute and adorable, I may just read it because of that. Great review! :)

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    1. Give it a go! I was iffy for the first chapter (the writing style was a bit juvenile at first in my opinion). But once the story got going the writing really improved and the characters were enthralling :)

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  10. You have definitely sold me on this one. I have read Pivot Point by her and loved the characters and writing style so I know I will end up loving this one too. Xander sounds great, and the romance is definitely making me want to read this even more.

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    1. Xander's one of my new favourite romantic leads, just because he was so different to all the other male characters I've read about!

      I really need to read Pivot Point - so many people are dancing about how awesome it is!

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  11. I loved Pivot Point by Kasie West so getting this one was a no brainer. Unfortunetly fitting in the time to actually sit down and find time to read this one has been next to impossible. Maybe sometime soon i'll fit it in because your review has me wanting to desperately pick it up!
    Lily @ Lilysbookblog

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  12. I would read this book just for the witty banter. That's so hard to write, but when you've got it, you've got it. Sounds great. Thanks Allie!

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  13. I have this book on my TBR list for ages...O.o I really need to read it soon.
    Great review.

    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

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  14. I LOVE witty banter in a book, so I guess I really need to read this one too! Thanks for your review!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Oh, man, if you're a fan of the banter this is definitely one you need on your shelf!

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