Published by Harper Teen on 02 July 2013
Genres: Adolescence, Dating & Sex, Girls & Women, Social Issues, Young Adult
Buy on Amazon
Also by this author: Pivot Point, Split Second, On the Fence, The Fill-In Boyfriend, P.S. I Like You
First Line: My eyes burn a hole in the page.
Words can’t describe just how cute The Distance Between Us by Kasie West was. From some of the reviews that I’d skimmed I wasn’t expecting much. Though I was really intrigued by the comparisons to the pitch on the back that this was Pretty in Pink meets Pride and Prejudice (Hello two of my favorite stories!) But I think that I just read this book at the right time and place and so it hit all the right notes with me. Cayman is a character that is filled with snark. She reminds me a bit of Veronica Mars with her snappy one liners but without all the detecting. Cayman was a very real character who was struggling with some of lifes big decisions and feeling as though she had to take the cares of the world onto her shoulders. She and her mom are all there is so its just them and a doll shop against the world. She also lives in a very rich town and so she’s used to the upper class and thanks to a chip on her mother’s shoulder she doesn’t care for them much.
So Xander Spence has some tough hurdles to jump when he is sent to Cayman’s doll shop to pick up a purchase for his grandmother. Things don’t start off well but Xander is just filled with charm and he gets Cayman’s humor so he is slowly able to break down her walls. I just loved all the scenes with those two together. I liked their little drink ritual and they just made my heart ache. (In that good way that you know I love.) I also really adored the secondary characters of Skye, Henry, and Mason who added additional wit and commentary to scenes. Even if they were all a bit prejudiced against the rich as Cayman was. I also liked Cayman’s mother. I liked that she was an involved, if flawed, parent. She was concerned for Cayman and while she depended on her more than a parent should at time it was all due to circumstances and she did shield Cayman from more than Cayman was aware.
The comparisons to Pride and Prejudice and Pretty in Pink were spot on so if you like those two stories then you will probably like this one. Its not a perfect story, the ending was a bit to pat and everything was tied up in a neat little bow. Which kinda took away from the messy realism of what came before. But sometimes you just need a happily ever after and so even though I might have wanted more from the ending but it was a good ending for the story. Nor did the ending take away from the fact that I wanted this one to go on for a couple hundred more pages. I just really loved Cayman and Xander on the page!
The Distance Between Us is a perfect summer read. Its quick and just the thing for a hot summer day on the beach. Its a light and mostly fluffy read but there are some issues involved as well so its not all brain candy. This is a book that I will most likely be reading again and again. Its just quirky and fun and I am not ready to leave all these characters behind. This book also makes me even more eager to check out Kasie West’s other book Pivot Point though I’ll probably put some distance between it and this one as they are two entirely different genres. I do hope that West does write more contemporary romances though because she has proven herself to be a talent in this area and she’s definitely on her way to being on my auto-buy list.