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The Distance Between Us

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The Distance Between Us

Caymen Meyers may have grown up helping her mother run a doll shop that caters almost exclusively to the rich, but nothing throws her off more than good-looking, confident Alexander “Xander” Spence. Despite her connection with Xander, Caymen can’t help but feel a sense of obligation towards her mother. After all, Caymen’s father’s rich family paid off her mother when she got pregnant as a teen. Kaisie West’s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US examines the supposed differences between the privileged lifestyle of hotel heirs and those just living their lives about a porcelain doll shop.

"THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is a fun and fast read, especially for the summer. Caymen has a sarcastic sense of humor that is constant source of banter between her and Xander that kept me hooked throughout the whole book."

Despite her mother’s disapproving attitude towards the rich, Caymen can’t help but like Xander. Underneath his expensive polos and loafers, Xander turns out be nothing like she expected. He’s charming and kind, willing to help her look into her options beyond college, like pursuing a degree in science. As Xander slowly begins to win her over, Caymen tries harder and harder to resist, telling herself that such a relationship will only end in disaster. After all, wasn’t her own mother proof of that? At the same time, she continues to spend time with him, uncovering his insecurities and flaws and exposing her own. Like it or not, she and Xander have a connection that’s far stronger than the very distance that separates them. But a sudden and shocking family secret could easily upset the fragile bonds of their relationship before it even has a chance to fully develop.

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is a fun and fast read, especially for the summer. Caymen has a sarcastic sense of humor that is constant source of banter between her and Xander that kept me hooked throughout the whole book. Instead of falling for his wealthy background and easy-going charm off the bat, she turns his lines right back around to him. Her lines were sharp and witty, a highlight of the book. Their relationship is a constant back and forth, giving off a sense of camaraderie beneath the romance that works for them.

Reviewed by Ashley L. on August 6, 2013

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West

  • Publication Date: July 2, 2013
  • Genres: Young Adult 13+
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062235656
  • ISBN-13: 9780062235657