Tea & Book Chat: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Ever since I read and loved Pivot Point and Split Second, I knew I had to read all of Kasie West’s other books, past and future.  I started with The Distance Between Us because I happened to have a copy on my Kindle but I was later told that was the best thing I could have done because some of The Distance Between Us characters show up in On the Fence.  I ended up loving this one and I can honestly say I am a full blown Kasie West addict at this point.  The Distance Between Ustells the story of Caymen, a sarcastic girl who lives above a struggling doll shop with her single mother, and a boy named Xander who happens to walk into the shop one day.

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I have to start by saying that Caymen is one of the funniest main characters I’ve read about.  Her sense of humor is very dry and her sarcasm is on point.  I can totally see her enjoying British television.  Caymen is the kind of girl who uses sarcasm as a coping mechanism since she’s stuck helping her mom in a creepy doll store that she has no interest in inheriting but it’s also just her sense of humor.  She even takes half days at school so she can spend more time working and she does it all without complaining or ever asking for the chance to have a social life of her own.  Then in walks Xander and the slow burn romance commences.  Xander is tall, dark and handsome and he comes from a family with a ton of money.  Caymen and Xander don’t initially hit it off (especially from Caymen’s perspective) but the evolution of their relationship is one I really connected to.  They’re the cutest couple and I was rooting for them throughout the whole book.  Xander is being groomed to take over his father’s hotel business which is something he’s not interested in so the pair start having career days where they try to figure out a future for each other.  It couldn’t have been cuter! There’s also a whole subplot going on with Caymen’s mom and the doll store but what really hooked me is the romance.

Final Thoughts:  The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is a witty contemporary romance that’ll have you swooning.  Caymen and Xander are some of my favorite YA characters and their slow burn romance really speaks to my heart.  I loved the banter, sarcasm and each character’s journey to self discovery.  If you’re looking for a love story with a funny lead, The Distance Between Us should be on your list!

Rating 5

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. (via Goodreads)

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