Hello everyone! I had to apologize for not being active in posting any reviews for a long time. I had some issues with my competencies in writing reviews so I had a hard time convincing myself to post any. So, here I am posting my first ever review after so many days in MIA.
Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Published: July 2, 2013 by HarperTeen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Period: August 5-7, 2017
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.
The Distance Between Us is one of Kasie West’s books. I decided to read this because I’m on the roll of reading YA contemporary and decided to binge read Kasie West novels.
Caymen knows the characteristic of rich people. She works at a family owned doll business to help her mother. She’s avoiding or don’t prefer to be friends with rich because at an early age her mother taught her about the division between rich and poor.
Xander is rich. He is the grandson of one of the regular customers in Caymen’s mother doll shop.
I like how Caymen and Xander humor each other. I think they are cute together. I know Xander like Caymen in instant because who would make an effort of walking Caymen to school with an already-been-sipped-once hot chocolate almost every day and their Career days are epic. However, I honestly didn’t expect that they’ll argue and misunderstand each other on the same day when I think they had lovely moment. That really surprised me and makes me think what old people always say “next to happiness is sadness”.
But at some point, I like Mason for Caymen. I think he’s kind, adorable and lovable as much as Xander. Who would kiss a girl after second meeting? I like his personality because he understands Caymen’s feelings towards Xander, and he’s cool with it. I had to admit that enjoy the part when Xander and Mason is in one room and the first time they meet. The jealousy of those two is too intense especially Xander.
What break my heart are the wrong signals both Xander and Caymen’s did. Those “wrong” signals are heartbreaking. In Filipino term “pinaasa”. You hope and thought that there’s something between the two of you, mutual understanding, but the truth is there’s no relationship. After reading, I don’t know how should I react with the ending because as expected it ends with a happy ending.
The Distance Between Us is in good pace. Though most of the books turn of events are in cliché (I won’t elaborate because how rich acts here are the typical rich people or maybe how we expect rich people act in the stories i.e. how they’ll like and accept someone because of her qualities not of status), which are not fancy or exciting. What keeps me reading and look forward is their career day because Caymen at some point became annoying every time she questions herself about her feelings towards Xander and her reason for not entertaining her feelings is because Xander is rich. That’s totally off, disappointing and frustrating. Okay another confession, another reason why I keep on reading is Xander. That’s all. Period.
I recommend this to teenagers looking for books with “kilig” moments. I believe young adults won’t enjoy and appreciate this much because there are scenes that may be off for their taste. Believe me. My sister tried and finished reading this book, and she was very disappointed.
The Distance Between Us is fun, sweet and cute story that is easy-to-read.
“I think unhappiness comes from unfulfilled expectations”
“Sometimes it’s the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.”
“Feelings can be the most costly thing in the universe.”
“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.”
“Maybe you should let yourself fail at something. Fail hard. Then you won’t be scared anymore.”