Happy Friday Eve! Today, I am continuing on with my Summer of the Legs Tour as I like to call it. Have you noticed all the books releasing this summer with legs on the covers? I have read six so far and aside from yesterday's Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols, I have had a great time reading these leggy books.
Click on the covers for my reviews.....
In fact some of them have been just downright fun. Today's book: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West falls into that category. This is a sweet, easy, breezy summer read that will leave you feeling good. The perfect book for the beach or a backyard read.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
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.
Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
Four Stars: A sweet, cute contemporary that will leave you smiling.
Caymen doesn't exactly love working in her mother's doll shop, but she does what is necessary to help her mother. One afternoon while watching the shop, Caymen ends up waiting on a handsome, rich, young man who actually beckons to her when he needs her help. Caymen's mother has warned her time and time again to stay away from the wealthy, since she is proof that a rich man will break your heart and leave you. When Caymen unexpectedly forms a friendship with Xander, and then she discovers she has feelings for him, she must choose between her heart or pleasing her mother. Can a poor girl and a rich boy truly find a happily ever after?
What I Liked:
- I loved the two main characters, Xander and Caymen. Caymen is not your typical eighteen year old. She is responsible, smart and she possesses a snarky, sarcastic humor that will make you smile. She has a deep ceded fear for those who are rich and she wants nothing to do with them until Xander comes along. I loved watching her grow and learn that you can't judge a person based on appearances. Xander stole my heart. Granted, the first meeting he does beckon to Caymen while talking on his cell phone, but after that he totally redeems himself. I loved the way he met Caymen at the doll shop to walk her to school. He brings her hot chocolate every morning and takes a sip to prove to Caymen each and every day that it isn't tainted. He puts up with her sharp wit and doesn't act like a rich snob. He is kind, caring and supportive. He is exactly the type of lead male who you wish you could have dated when you were a teen.
- I thought the setting of the doll shop was unique and interesting. I don't think I have ever visited a shop that just sells dolls, and I liked that Caymen put her own spin on it. When you think about it, a doll shop with thousands of glass eyes staring at you all day is a little bit creepy, yet it was charming as well.
- The romance is just adorable. It has everything you love about a feel good romance: swoon worthy boy, slow burning romance built on friendship, plenty of cute dialogue and a sweet happily ever after. No insta love in this one, but there is the briefest hint of a love triangle but it doesn't develop.
- I was surprised at the twist at the end regarding Caymen's mother and her hidden past. I wasn't expecting it and I liked that it caught me off guard.
- I loved that this was a simple, easy, light and fluffy feel good read. It was just what I needed after a week of dark dystopian books. You can pick this up and read it on a sunny summer afternoon. It will make you laugh and leave you smiling. This is the perfect YA romance, nothing inappropriate and it refrains from drama. If you need a breezy book for summer definitely get this one!
- I appreciated the message of this one. It is a reminder that you can never judge people based on labels and appearances. Everyone deserves a chance. Caymen learns this not only through her friendship with Xander but also with Mason and Henry as well.
And The Not So Much:
- The ending felt a tad bit rushed too me. After the slow buildup with the romance, there is a twist and a big development regarding Caymen's mother. I would love for the ending to have been stretched out just a little more so I could watch Caymen interact with her new found family. After all the conflict, everything wraps almost too easily into a nice happily ever after. I am not complaining about the happy ending, but I just wish there was a little more detail. Even though I loved that it is a stand alone, I wanted more!
- I was disappointed that there was not more detail on Caymen's mother's past. It is briefly mentioned that she was disowned by her parents after a rich boy impregnated her, pays her off and abandons her. Why did her parents reject her? What happened? Why did Susan never reach out to her parents after eighteen years? I would love to know both sides of the story, Susan's and her parents and also more on Caymen's father.
- As much as I enjoyed Caymen, she is a bit frustrating at times. Her constant wavering of feelings and unwillingness to communicate with Xander does get a little old over time. She is very insecure, but then again, what teenage girl isn't? Even though I struggled a bit with her behavior, I appreciated that she was genuine and I liked watching her grow.
- There is all this mention from Caymen's relatives about how much he talked about Caymen to them. I was desperately wanting to know what he was telling his family and friends about her. This would have been a great book to tell with dual view points.
The Distance Between Us is the perfect pick me up summer read. It is sweet, funny and it has a charming Cinderella type romance. I loved the characters, the setting, and the witty dialogue. This was a quick, pleasant read just right for a sunny summer day. If you are wanting a cute romance without all the drama, definitely get your hands on this one!
"It's an antique store called Hidden Treasures that I call Obvious Garbage."
I didn't want my mom to have bad feelings toward him. Somehow the guy had managed to climb out of the box full of people that I already labeled off-limits with a permanent marker and he'd become different."
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.