Release Date: July 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins | HarperTeen
Pages: 320 pages
Source & Format: Bought; Kindle ebook
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Summary (from Amazon)
Money can't buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the right 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's ever realized. With so many obstacles in their way, can she close the distance between them?
Thoughts on The Distance Between Us
After loving Kasie West's debut novel, Pivot Point, I was excited to learn she had another book coming out only a few months later. I was even more excited when I saw that The Distance Between Us was a contemporary with a charming cover! The red clothing and warm glow from the sun? I was already sold on the book before I'd even started.
Then, I met Caymen Meyers. She's sarcastic, sassy and has a bit of an attitude... So, basically, I loved everything about her. From her witty banter to her loyalty to her mom, I was crazy about her as a character. With a single mother and barely enough money to make it each month, Caymen hasn't had it easy all her life. Instead of being bitter, she's just focused on helping out wherever she's needed and trying to make her mom's life easier.
But, because of her life experiences, she's got a chip on her shoulder when it comes to money. So, when a boy stumbles into the store exuding wealth, she doesn't want anything to do with him. But Xander Spence won't be deterred that easily. He's wealthy, yes, but he's also charming and thoughtful. He's interested in Caymen, but she's got to move past her pre-conceived notions of what it means to be rich.
Honestly, it's a simple concept but I really loved it! Was it predictable at times? Sure. But it was also adorable and funny. I was smiling so much while reading it, and that's a great thing in my opinion. The friendship that develops between Caymen and Xander is so charming and perfect. They don't just magically fall in love after meeting. The characters were my very favorite thing about this book! Even the secondary characters were memorable, realistic and lots of fun.
The ending was a little rushed, but it didn't make me love the book any less. If you want something fun, engaging and light, this is definitely the book for you! With fabulous dialogue and delightful characters, The Distance Between Us will leave you smiling long after you turn the last page.
"Sometimes it's hard for me to start something because I'd rather not try at all than fail at it."
"But nothing good ever happened without risk."
"I know this. And yet..."