Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen
Published on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Family Life, Romance, Young Adult
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.
For days, I was stuck in a reading slump. I was in search for a book that will get me off this bug, and a lot of books have been tossed, including The Winner’s Curse, The 5th Wave, Dorothy Must Die, Looking for Alibrandi, and Dreams of Gods and Monsters – but none of them did the trick. As per Melanie of YA Midnight Reads‘ suggestion, I should try Kasie West, and I am so grateful that I did!
The Distance Between Us is not a special book. It was simple, and easy to read. It’s not what you expected, but it was exactly that. The plot isn’t something special, but there’s a charm to it. And I love Caymen’s dry humor. It’s just like mine!
Caymen Meyers works for her mother’s shop “Dolls and More”, a shop where there is no ‘and More’, just dolls. While the people who knows her are aware of her sarcasm, most customers fall prey for it. On one of their not-so-busy shop days, an obviously rich guy enters their shop. Caymen knew that he reeked of worldly riches, but what annoyed her was his arrogant demeanor.
He pockets his phone and beckons me over. Yes. Beckons.
Xander Spence thought that he just walked into the creepiest store in town. There were porcelain dolls everywhere, with soulless-looking eyes! He was just there to pick up the doll that his grandmother ordered, what he didn’t expect was meeting a girl, who was unlike any other girl he has ever met.
“Can I help you, sir?”
“Yes, I need a doll.
“Sorry, we’re all out.”
“Funny. So which one of these do you think an older woman might like?”
“All of them.”
There were so many things that Caymen wished she actually said, that sometimes I had to reread the lines to make sure if it was said aloud, or if she just thought it. But honestly, I wished she said every sarcastic statement that she had in her head. They were brilliant! I really loved how Caymen handled herself in so many situations. I found that she was a lot like me in so many ways. If I literally bite my tongue every time I had to say something sarcastic, I’d have no tongue at all.
Their initial reason for getting together was the fact that they wanted to help each other look for their future careers. Xander broke the stereotypical rich-boy mold. He genuinely liked Caymen even though she’s not rich. He really cared about Caymen’s passions, and he really wanted to help her find her path along with his. I also loved their morning ritual of walking to school together (although they attend different ones). He would bring her a cup of hot chocolate that has been sipped once, and it has become their thing. In the book, it sounded more endearing.
What I loved about the romance in this story was the fact that the author took her time. It didn’t feel hurried, or baseless. There was enough time for Caymen and Xander to get to know each other before they finally kissed. And even then, it wasn’t rainbows and butterflies.
There were so many elements that revolved around them. There was also the matter of Caymen’s mom being opposed to rich people. Caymen’s dad dropped them before her mom can finish saying “I’m pregnant.”, so her mother wasn’t rooting for Xander and Caymen’s would-be relationship. And there was also a misunderstanding that garnered an angry status update on Goodreads from me!
The medley of other characters added enjoyment to my reading pleasure. Caymen’s friend, Skye, was very supportive of her, and I really love their kind of friendship. She’s got a boyfriend, Henry, who played the guitar, and grew to care for Caymen, too.
If you need a mood-lifter, I say try this book. If it took me out of my reading slump, I’m betting this would definitely put a smile on your face, with fistfuls of thorn-less roses. #
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