The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

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Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich 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 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 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. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can they close the distance to each other? A perfect mixture of bittersweet and charming, this new paperback original from house author Kasie West is an endearing romantic comedy that will steal your heart.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 204.12g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperTeen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0062235656
  • 9780062235657
  • 31,435

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"THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US shines! This book is rich with sparkling dialogue, clever wit and sweet romance." -- Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE "An antidote to dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction, this Cinderella story is sweet and hopeful." -- Kirkus Reviews The charming story is beautifully written, and the characters are well developed...West's novel is sweet and captivating. -- School Library Journal Praise for PIVOT POINT "An expertly plotted, deliciously clever story." -- Kiersten White, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of PARANORMALCY Praise for PIVOT POINT: "West has created an intricately woven story of two possible futures. This debut novel...is a welcome change." -- School Library Journal Praise for PIVOT POINT: "PIVOT POINT is at once tense and romantic, challenging and engaging. It's a truly remarkable debut." -- Robison Wells, author of VARIANT Praise for PIVOT POINT: "West's debut showcases riveting storytelling." -- Kirkus Reviews Praise for PIVOT POINT: "With superb storytelling, a masterful blend of paranormal and normal, a helping of wit and humor, and a mouthwatering romance, PIVOT POINT is one of the most delicious books I've read." -- Elana Johnson, author of POSSESSIONshow more

About Kasie West

Kasie West lives with her family in central California, where the heat tries to kill her with its 115-degree stretches. She graduated from Fresno State University with a BA degree that has nothing to do with writing.show more

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THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, as its title so skillfully indicates, is a YA novel dealing with problems inflicted by class differences, prejudices and secrets. Setting is a small town at the west coast inhabited by quite a number of people with status. One of them is Xander Spence, heir to an hotel empire. And our story starts when he walks into 'Dolls and More' one fine day to find slightly annoyed, master of sarcasm Caymen behind the counter. A doll shop must be the weirdest place for a love story to originate, so that award definitely goes to Kasie West. Just as Caymen, whose mother owns the shop, dolls creep me out to a certain and slightly unhealthy extent and they weren't exactly helping me to get in a romantic mood. Feigned disinterest and a surprising instant attraction are the foundation for a relationship between two teens from two very different parts of town. Caymen is helping her mother with her shop whenever she can to help paying the bills. She and her mother live in a small apartment above the selling floor. Xander is a rich boy who surely knows about his good looks and the effect of his family's money. Sometimes he appears to be living in a different world with his super expensive clothes and car park. But he isn't as dumb as some might think. He doesn't let himself be controlled by his money and obligations, Xander has a mind of his own. And he is the one who sees Caymen's exceptional personality the second he meets her. He is pretty good boyfriend material. Together they are trying to figure out what to do with their future. Their amusive little meetings to try out various potential jobs bring them closer together. Their love story is one of the expected kinds, rather uneventful and without major surprises. There certainly are problems troubling young Caymen and her relationship with Xander but they are kept low on the overall potential drama scale. Caymen's friendship with her best friend Skye and her boyfriend's band play a role, too. Just like her mother's business. More bigger seeming problems were only insufficiently wrapped in the end and too much time spent in the doll shop. Otherwise THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is a finely written, distracting holiday read to brighten your beach day with Caymen's dry sarcasm (to which I could relate to very very well). 3,5/ 5 ***/* THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US �???�??�?�¢�?�¢?�?�¬�?�¢?? A breezy and elating, slightly predicatble YA contemporary debut. After reading PIVOT POINT, Kasie West's mind-blowing debut earlier this year, I had high expectations for her first YA contemporary story and felt partly let down. Caymen and Xander are cute as a couple, but wouldn't make my list of most memorable YA couples. I'm still a huge fan of Kasie West, I'm just more enthusiastic about her fantastical and thrilling than her stories solely focusing on the romance.show more
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