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The Distance Between Us

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by Kasie West
 

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Money can't buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact

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Money can't buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be 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 just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness 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. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

Editorial Reviews

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Elana Johnson
Praise for PIVOT POINT: “With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouthwatering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I’ve read.”
Daisy Whitney
“THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US shines! This book is rich with sparkling dialogue, clever wit and sweet romance.”
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers works in her mother's shop selling porcelain dolls to wealthy patrons. Even though she and her mom know that the rich can't be trusted, they rely on them to keep the store afloat. Then charismatic Xander walks into the store and seems to understand cynical and sarcastic Caymen better than anyone else, and she begins to wonder if maybe she and her mother were wrong. That is, until she's mistreated by Xander's friends and, after reading a tabloid, discovers that he may already have a girlfriend. Ultimately, however, Caymen realizes that she has a love worth fighting for, and the star-crossed lovers end up together. Despite the predictable ending, the charming story is beautifully written, and the characters are well developed. Similar in feel to books by Susane Colasanti, West's novel is sweet and captivating.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Hartford Public Library, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Caymen is 17 and on the cusp of college when she meets Xander and discovers there's more to a guy than his bank-account balance. Caymen and her mom are barely making a living with their porcelain-doll shop. They live in a town where there are the rich and those who cater to them. When Xander comes into the shop one day and "beckons" her over, he confirms her opinion of the wealthy. Xander, however, is charmed by Caymen's rapier wit, and she finds herself moved by his Ken-doll looks. He courts her with muffin deliveries, and the ride in his private jet is exhilarating. Xander chafes at his parents' mandate that he take over the family hotel chain, and Caymen is indecisive about her future, so they begin a series of playful career dates and gradually overcome their preconceived notions of each other. There are a few hiccups and misunderstandings but plenty of gooey romantic stuff, too: "He tastes good, like salty chocolate." Meanwhile, the shop is failing, and Caymen's mother is acting dodgy. When her mom is hospitalized, and Xander unveils a gigantic surprise, Caymen has to give some consideration to Xander's encouragement: "You have as many options as you give yourself." An antidote to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful. (Fiction. 12-17)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062235657
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
17,568
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
HL580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.

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The Distance Between Us 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are into cute and romantic stories then I would definitely recomend this book to you. The main character in the story is a sarcastic witty seventeen year old girl who has a wicked sense of humor that makes the book ten times better. This book barely reaches 200 pgs which kind of sucks because usually short stories leave you wanting more but in my opinion the ending was perfect and just made me want to start over and read it again. There are no innappropriate make out or s*x scenes so I think this book is best suited for girls around the age 13 or older. Read this book! It is worth the money! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you adore witty dialogue, sparkling characters, and a romance that crackles off the page, this is the book for you. I loved every minute of this book. It made me laugh out loud many times, but there are also heart-wrenching, beautiful moments as well. This is a truly exceptional book. I want to spend more time with Caymen and Xander!
rachelx3 More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. You keep on reading and enjoy the book from Caymen's point of view. This book shows to not judge a person when somethings are expected because of their cover. If you haven't read this book already you should read it immediately.
Gabatron1993 More than 1 year ago
This book is so good. I bought it because it was cheap and I was not disappointed. I loved it :)
JABennett More than 1 year ago
I can't say enough good things about this book. The setting was original. The wit was through the roof. Xander was amazing. The relationship buildup was just right, not too rushed. Everything. Every last detail added to the story, keeping me turning pages. I read it in just few hours, hungry for more. I'd even go so far as to say it's the best book I've read this year. LOVE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best I have ever read! I love it so much!! I finished it in a couple days and it is definately my favourite book! This is a MUST READ book!!
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
So every once in a while a read comes along that I just can't put down. And that read grabs a hold of me and just doesn't let go, not ever. This book was one of those reads. One I needed to just keep reading because I was enjoying it so much. One I needed to keep reading because, while it broke my heart in some places, in other places it caused me such pure job I was smiling like an idiot! Yup, this is THAT kind of book. Blurb from Goodreads: 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. So, I say it all the time and I think it's getting old but I'm not much of a contemporary reader. I like my sci-fi and my paranormal and some dystopian here and there. And, while I've been exposed to quite a few contemporary reads, I haven't come across many that I truly adore. Yet, lately, I have been taking some suggestions from my friends. Friends that I know like books by authors like Katie McGarry and Sophie Jordan. And I've been picking these books up and actually liking them! So, when this one came across my plate, I said why not, maybe I will enjoy it. And I did! So, I'm slowly realizing that it's not that I don't love contemporary reads, it's just that I love well written contemporary reads and West is phenomenal at this! Caymen, I have to say that she is one of the most well written teen characters I have ever read. She independent and a bit solitary. She knows her limits and she has a fierce resolve to ensure her family's well being. But she is also a teenage girl who has an inkling of hope that some day she'll meet that prince charming or at least "the one." So, when she meets Xander, he's not what she's expecting. As a matter of fact, having grown up poor and with thoughts that the rich really think the poor are nothing but people they can walk all over, why would she ever think she might fall for him. Plus, this girl's sarcasm is through the roof. She has a come back for EVERYTHING and it's always perfect and charming and just down right hilarious. And this girl knows how to take care of herself, she doesn't need anyone to do it for her. At least she doesn't think she does. Xander, oh he is super swoon worthy. I can't even describe what a great character he is. He breaks so many of the rich stereotypes that Cayman has come to know yet he's still got them just und
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kasie West has become on the Queens of Contemporary in my opinion. Her books are funny, fluffy, and romantic, but each carry a deeper meaning and message within. This book qualifies for all of that. I think I may have smiled through the entire thing and actually laughed out loud for certain parts. This book does not disappoint! I recommend it to all those who love contemporaries or for anyone who is in need of a light read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lovee teen romance books... however I am sometimes a little picky as to which i like. This one was soooo good. I immidiately fell in love with Xander and didnt want the book ti end. I wss actuslly extremely sad when I turned the final page. I was so adddicted I read it in a day. Worth the mone. Eorth he read. Wish theee wss a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised when i started to read this book because i am writing a story with a guy named Xander in it, so it surprised me when i saw his name. But this really is a very good book. I highly reccommend it. I have met Kasie West and she is incredible. I hope they make a movie out of this someday!!!!!!!!!
breebree16 More than 1 year ago
I was bored one day and I needed a new book to read so I just chose this one and I am not sorry. This book was amazing. I loved it. Cayman is funny and rateable. I think Xander and her relationship is super cute and I shipped it from the beginning. It is totally worth the read and you all should read it. It is not that long of the book you could read it in like a day.
carmen_71 More than 1 year ago
The Distance Between Us was romantic and cute, but sometimes Caymen takes sarcasm and wit too far. There are some parts where I like Xander more than Caymen and I will say no more about that. It was definitely very enjoyable and a quick read. I would definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Please make a second one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These kind of books just makes you want to read over and over again. You'll laugh out loud and cry on some parts of the book. Such a cute romantic, with a pinch of humor, story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one day, it was great!
Vennessa More than 1 year ago
OMG.... GREAT AMAZING!!! I read this book in one day! I loved every single character and ugghhh can't get enough!!! PART TWO PLEASE OR AT LEAST A MOVIE!!!!
Andrea17 More than 1 year ago
I've been in the worst reading slumping - not the best way to start out the year - but this book pulled me right out of it. I read this book in two days and when I was at work, it was all I could think about. To say that Caymen is sarcastic would be an understatement. Her attitude reminds me so much of myself that I find it impossible to not connect with her character. Throughout the novel, she expressed every sarcastic comment that came to mind with the exception of those that would be confrontational. I also really liked Xander, but this is definitely one of those books where I wish I had both narratives. Maybe I'm just too jaded but some of the things he would come up in just seemed too convenient. Unfortunately I can't give an example without giving a spoiler, but it was just one of those things. His explanations made sense, but for those of who have been through the ringer was or twice, you're still pretty skeptical. That's not to say I didn't like the relationship and the banter between Caymen and Xander - I loved it! While it may sound like that cliche rich boy/poor girl plot line, it is anything but. Both characters and stuck in a future they don't want and begin challenging one another to find what it is they do love, sort of like a career day, but Caymen picks for Xander and the other way around. They take turns helping the other find their passion and the relationship they build is just too cute. I became an immediate Kasie West through reading The Distance Between Us and honestly I don't know why anybody wouldn't be. This story was fun, cute, swoon worthy, and a super quick read and just exactly what I needed.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
My love for Kasie West began while reading Pivot Point. Her impeccable writing style won me over immediately. I knew she would be an author I would add to my auto-purchase list. Upon completing Pivot Point I purchased Distance Between Us to see how Kasie’s contemporary novel would compare to her fantasy one. And, oh boy, was I happy to see that I loved The Distance Between Us as well! I actually read The Distance Between Us last month. And for reasons unknown, I’m having a difficult time putting my thoughts into words. I feel like I would use the words “awesome” or “amazing” excessively in trying to portray my love for all things Kasie West, and because of this I’m at a loss for words. I think I need to invest in a Thesaurus… maybe that would help me a bit. The Distance Between US is super cute and exactly what I was in the mood for. Caymen is a heroine most people are sure to love. She lives alone with her mother above the family doll shop. Though the thought of dolls staring at me all hours of the day totally creeps me out, my heart was warmed by the effort Caymen put into supporting her mother and her store, which was their entire life. Aside from school, Caymen eats, sleeps and breathes porcelain dolls. In walks the rich, errogant, handsome stranger. Caymen has always been told the rich boys are out of her league, overly entitled and not worth her time and attention. This has been instilled in her by her mother, mostly because of her past experiences in life. But Caymen’s quickly drawn to this handsome stranger, named Xander, and finds herself begging for more of him. The romance between the two is so fun. Caymen is sarcastic, witty and somewhat silly at times. Her dry humor is one her mother has warned her about… yet when she throws the sarcasm in Xander’s face immediately, he plays right along with her. Hmmm… maybe this rich boy isn’t so bad after all? This story moved smoothly and effortlessly, keeping my attention the entire time. I simply adore West’s writing style. So fresh and new, fun and entertaining. The characters were realistic and I became wholely invested in their story. Oh, and I MUST mention how freakin’ adorable this cover is!! Love love love! It’s no surprise that I’m a fan of contemporary YA, or that I adore Kasie West. So maybe this review is somewhat biased? Maybe so. But if you’re anything like me I suggest you read West’s books. Trust me. They’re THAT good!
terferj 12 days ago
This was a quick read, I read it in no time. I found it to be an okay/cute storyline. I wish it was a little longer to give more depth. The last half of the book just seemed like the events were squished together and I think it would have been better with more. I really liked the characters. Cayman, that sass machine, is what made me really like this book. She had me laughing throughout with her witty sarcasm. Xander I found to be sweet and persistent. I really liked their time together. It was just fun and adorable. Overall, I say yes to the cuteness and it was a good book to read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is the one of the best books I have read I guess but I personally think u should buy it, its a great book!!!(6th grader)
bookbruin 5 months ago
The Distance Between Us is all kinds of sweetness and swoons. I loved Kasie West's writing and was completely sucked into the story from the start. Caymen's sense of humor and sarcasm are a real highlight and I laughed out loud throughout the book from gems like this: “Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm.” “If you’re recording notes for an official record, I’d like the word ‘very’ stricken and replaced with ‘exceptionally.” I love how her relationship with Xander developed and grew. It felt natural and sincere. They both have their own family baggage and misconceptions about the other at first, but as they take the time to get to know each other, all of that falls away and what you're left with is just plain perfect. It reminded me a lot of Pride and Prejudice. The "career days" were an adorable addition and really helped show the vulnerabilities, fears, and strengths of both Caymen and Xander. SPOILER The only reason why this isn't a 5 star read for me is because I thought the big reveal/ending was a little too perfect. Caymen's family is a mystery for almost the entire book and then suddenly, surprise, your grandparents are actually crazy rich, want to be a part of your life, and are ready to swoop in and take care of you and your mom and the doll store. I understand how earth shattering this revelation is to Caymen, that her mother has lied to her her entire life, but it wrapped everything too neatly into a bow for me. Even though Xander doesn't like Caymen because she's rich and I can see how this plot point helped prove that/added drama to their relationship, I felt like it was too rushed. It's been 17 years. Caymen has never met them or even known that they existed, but it all works out perfectly and her mom does a complete 180 too and is ready to allow them back into her life. The one thing I did like though, was that Caymen's grandfather had the same sense of humor as her. He delivered a few great lines, like this one when he first meets Caymen: “Hi, I’m stranger one and this is stranger two. Are you uncomfortable yet?” Overall, The Distance Between Us was exactly what I was hoping it would be - a really enjoyable, funny, and sweet love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. Aloy of confusion reading it. I can say that i stayed up all night reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. I could totally relate to the main character she's funny with her "dry" humor. Cute read, definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago