The Distance Between Us [NOOK Book]

Overview

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. ...

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Overview

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?

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Editorial Reviews

Kiersten White
Praise for PIVOT POINT “An expertly plotted, deliciously clever story.”
Robison Wells
Praise for PIVOT POINT: “PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It’s a truly remarkable debut.”
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062235664
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 320
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 580L (what's this?)
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    Good

    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! ;)

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    If you adore witty dialogue, sparkling characters, and a romance

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

    This book is amazing. You keep on reading and enjoy the book fro

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Loved it!

    Couldn't put it down.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    I can't say enough good things about this book. The setting was

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    Highly recommend!

    This book is so good. I bought it because it was cheap and I was not disappointed. I loved it :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    AMAZING!!

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

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    A fabulous contemporary read that will break your heart, just a bit though!

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    I am in love with this book just how the book looks and how it isi write but that sad thing i am on the first page still it looks like a good book i hope the ending is grate and OMG good i have the book in my hands and i read now wish me luck

    What a good book right.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    AMAZING!!!!!

    One of the best books I have ever read!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    The Distance Between Us was romantic and cute, but sometimes Cay

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2014

    Amazing!

    I loved this book! Please make a second one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    Cute, witty, and romantic

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Just keep reading

    I read this book in one day, it was great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2014

    OMG.... GREAT AMAZING!!! I read this book in one day! I loved ev

    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!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2014

    I've been in the worst reading slumping - not the best way to st

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    My love for Kasie West began while reading Pivot Point. Her impe

    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!


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2015

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    Even a couple chapters into this book, I knew I was really going

    Even a couple chapters into this book, I knew I was really going to enjoy it and I had to ask myself why in the world I waited so long to start it. I'm so glad my friend Jessica read it recently and reviewed it, because it reminded me how much I'd wanted to read it back before it was released last fall. I was in a bit of a slump, so I decided to buy the audiobook and start it at work. I'm so glad I did! 

    I found Caymen both likable and relatable. I loved her dry sense of humor and sarcasm. She took on more responsibility than she probably should've had to at her age, but I didn't see that as a flaw. I know she was trying to do what was best for her mom and their doll shop, but I still wish she had been maybe just a little more selfish in going after what she wanted instead of putting herself behind the store's needs. Her relationship with her mom might not have been perfect, but I thought it was pretty believable. It was obvious how much her mom's opinion of rich people affected Caymen's own views in how fervently she fought against liking Xander. I'm also glad that was a battle she lost. Because really, I adored Xander. 

    At my age I probably shouldn't be talking about the swoony factor of a teenage boy in a book, but I'm going to do it anyhow. I loved Xander from the beginning. I enjoyed his sense of humor and the banter between him and Caymen. He too was struggling to find his place in the world – and decide what the future held for him – so they connected pretty easily over that. Xander might have been from an incredibly wealthy family but he wasn't the kind of rich person Caymen's mom had warned her about. (Warnings which become rather ironic late in the book, but you'll have to read about that yourself.) Xander was pretty damn close to perfect, even if I spent a couple chapters wondering otherwise. 

    I really enjoyed this story. There were some twists that took me a bit by surprise, but it wasn't too overly-dramatic or angsty. I loved Caymen and Xander together. Despite a small love triangle, it was always clear to me who belonged with whom. I swooning over the innocence of first love and Kasie West writes it so very well. 

    I started reading this in audiobook format and read about 2/3 of the book this way before switching to Kindle because I couldn't wait for a good opportunity to listen to the audiobook. I had to find out what happened! I really liked the narrator of this book. I thought Jorjeana Marie did a great job of voicing Caymen, Xander and the rest of the crew. It was easy to imagine that I was listening to Caymen speak.

    Kasie West is two for two with contemporary books as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I'm already anxiously awaiting The Fill-In Boyfriend, but as much as I've enjoyed her contemporary stories, I'm considering taking a chance on her Pivot Point fantasy series. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    Adorable! Pick This Up!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    READ. AMAZING.

    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.

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