Unputdownable: The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestTuesday, November 26, 2013
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by Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Published: July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
Source: Won (Thanks Dianne!)
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 really truly certainly undoubtedly think… that I have found myself yet another one of the greatest contemporary novels of all time. And I’m totally not kidding you.
The summary on the book’s cover was vague and I totally have no idea regarding Kasie West’s style since I haven’t read any of her books until this one. But wow—she wowed me. Because… wow, oh God, all I can say right now is wow because wow… and… wow. The Distance Between Us rendered me speechless.
I realized I was in for something unputdownable when I turned the first page a blink too faster than normal. The writing wasn’t really special (don’t get me wrong), actually it was plain—and maybe that’s just exactly how I liked it. It didn’t waste any time saying this or describing that; it went straight to the story. I like the clear-cut structure of the writing. It was both efficient and effective for the novel.
Before anything more, can we just talk about the romance and the chemistry and the everything that made this book the perfect—yes, perfect—YA contemporary romance book? Of course we can.
I just loooove how Kasie set up the romance. It is not often that I encounter the issue of social status in YA books. In TDBU, this particular matter made the conflicts bitter but the fruit even sweeter. It tested the main characters’ ties and made them even closer with one another.
Also, undeclared love is just TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. Ahhhhh! It’s so… satisfying (for me, I guess) to see the main character deny and fight against what she herself obviously feels. Especially when Xander gets (accidentally or not) flirty with her and it just gets her all jittery and then bam every single promise she made to stay away from him explodes into tiny little pieces. It’s too many adorableness to bear! (Especially their habit of Xander pre-sipping every drink first before handing it to Caymen… !!!!!!)
I really really love Caymen. I like her dry humor and her sarcasm. It was absolutely hilarious. The humor didn’t feel forced, but rather natural. But what I admired most was how she selflessly helped her mom despite wanting to have an own life for herself. She stayed strong for her mother, and she stood as the foundation of their family. Caymen did what she knew best to salvage their family business. I think she’s the image of a perfect daughter.
Xander was as likable as Caymen. He was the rich guy who preferred not to boast about it. He’s humble and knows how to interact with others. I like him because he tangles Caymen’s intestines when he’s around her, and I like him because he’s always there to untangle the problems Caymen is facing. And he’s thoughtful, kind, funny, and all the possible nice things to describe a teenage guy. He definitely was the nice guy, but this time, nice guys don’t end up last.
I delayed the tons of works I have for school just to read this one. For so many times, I actually put it on the bedside table and tell myself that school is more important. But then, after hopelessly trying for a minute, I’d pick it up again and get absorbed in the story for hours. And I tell you, putting it off for just a minute is far worse than flunking a quiz I failed to prepare for.
Kasie West had something more than potential. It was a gift. There was no distance between her and talent; they were typically one entity. The Distance Between Us is for ALL the contemporary lovers out there. It’s one of the most bestest (yes, redundancies for emphasis). #KasieWestIsTheBest
THE NUB AND GIST: 6 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!