The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Release Date: July 2, 2013Publisher: Harper Teen
Seventeen-yeard-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 that 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 begging 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 worrried about. (taken from goodreads.com)
To be honest, The Distance Between Us was just what I predicted it would be: a cutesy, somewhat formulaic piece of chick lit that I thoroughly enjoyed. I've read many reviews about this book complaining of the lack of chemistry between Caymen and Xander, as well as the predictable plot line. However, I found these problems to be minimal in comparison with West's wit and the overall enjoyableness of the story.
I can definitely say that I've never read a book in which the main character lives in a small apartment about a creepy porcelain doll shop. Caymen's job at the store and her relationship with the owner, her mother, play a central roll in the story. I've got to give some points for originality there. Also, instead of going on regular "dates," Xander and Caymen spend much of their time together trying out different careers and attempting to form plans for their lives (another deviation from the otherwise formulaic love story).
Caymen is quite the interesting character. Extremely sarcastic and stubborn, she manages to be both annoying and lovable at the same time. Sometimes I rolled my eyes at her ridiculous stereotyping and insecurities, but in the end I was impressed with her character development. Xander is your classic golden boy. He's rolling in dough, drop-dead gorgeous, and pretty much perfect. While I can see why most girls would fall head over heels for him, I found him to be a tiny bit boring.
Overall, I had fun with The Distance Between Us. It's a cute read that I devoured in one sitting. I'd recommend it to any lover of romantic chick lit, despite its minor flaws in character development and plot.