The writing wasn't particularly spectacular but The Distance Between Us shined with it's witty and sarcastic dialogue filled with dry humor. Awesome protagonists, a cute as a button romance and even a doll shop. This book was obviously for me!
The Distance Between us stars a girl named Caymen Meyers who believes the rich have no soul. Whilst Caymen was raised with her single parent struggling and constantly working in the family Doll shop, Xander is the type who would probably own about 400 of her stores. Caymen and her mother view the rich as their personal joke and having studied enough of them from working at the store.. Caymen has sworn to never trust a man with more bucks then brains. So never would Caymen imagine herself slowly enjoying the company of the handsome and rich Xander Spence who surprisingly understands her better then most.
Caymen was a character I found my self loving because not only was she hilarious, but just so REAL. She was considerate of others and always put their needs before her own. She had the best sense of humor which made the whole experience so enjoyable and I really wish I had the ability to create such awesome one liners. Caymen had this genuine sense of realness that made it really easy to connect with her as a character. She's definitely someone I would love to have as a friend and she's possibly one of my favorite protagonists.
Xander our male lead, was so darn cute. He was so sweet and really the unsuspected yet perfect match for Caymen. From the first meeting between the two there was a perfect understanding of each other and the two were quite similar in ways. Even though Xander was raised in a posh environment, he was very much a normal guy and yet another fictional character I fell for. He did a perfect job at charming the pants out of me.
The Distance Between Us looks at the gap between rich and poor and the stereotype that 'rich people couldn't possibly be interested in anyone from the lower class as they are all shallow snobs'. That is essentially what our main character was lead to believe her whole life until she finds someone who could be the exception to that rule. On that note, The sub plot of Caymen's family fit nicely with the central plot. It worked in with both the rich storyline but also Caymen finding her own feet. Both these story lines added quite a lot of depth to the story as well but it didn't cancel out Xander and Caymen scenes, because that would be a no. Most of the secondary characters didn't really grow on me because I didn't really feel the connection between Caymen and her friends.
The romance in this novel as you might be able to tell was probably my favourite aspect of the whole story because I was such a fan of the two main characters. Saying this there were a lot of feels. I read this all through school and was told many times to stop reading but just couldn't. This was me when reading it.
Yeah I think my friends were about to take me to the councillor as I said this aloud while we were eating lunch. Correction: they were eating, I was reading.
Anyway, I really loved the doll shop as the backdrop to the story and thought it was quite unique. I would recommend this if your looking for a light not all too serious but full of fun and swoon read. It had a few similarities from 'This Is What Happy Looks Like' by Jennifer E Smith, which is funny because they are my two fave contempory romances. I'll definitely be reading more of Kasie West as she has made a fan out of me. Can't wait to read her other novel Pivot Point!