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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 POSSESSION)
About the Author
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. Visit her online at www.kasiewest.com.
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The Distance Between Us follows the exceptionally sarcastic Caymen Meyers. Caymen has always believed that rich people are nothing like her. She’s always made fun of them with her mother. One day, the very rich Xander Spence walks into her mum’s doll shop. Immediately Caymen passes him off as another rich kid. She believes they have nothing in common. Xander has taken a liking to Caymen though, despite her sarcasm, he keeps coming back to her. Caymen begins to enjoy and look forward to his company, and realises she may have to reassess her views on rich people.
I just love our main protagonist Caymen. She must be one of the most sarcastic characters I’ve read in a while. I found her incredibly real and easy to relate to. I love how Kasie West has portrayed Caymen. Her humour is just fantastic. I often found myself laughing out loud at some of her retorts. I also enjoyed how strong Caymen was. She was practically not living her life, because of the support she was giving her mother in the shop. I loved how concerned Caymen was for her mother’s troubles. It showed a really lovely bond between the two. It is only when Caymen meets Xander, that she begins to live her own life.
Xander is an easily lovable romantic interest. I loved how Kasie didn’t make him like a typical ‘bad boy’ turned good. I don’t have much time for characters like that. Xander was funny and charming and developed nicely throughout the book. I liked knowing more about his story. His relationship with Caymen was believable. I was rooting for it to happen!
I’m so excited to find another favourite writer. The Distance Between Us is completely different to Pivot Point, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It proves how talented Kasie West is. This would be a perfect summer beach read, or even a cosy winter read by the fire.
Then comes Xander aka Alex or Alexander. To begin with I had a bit of a problem with him because of his name. Now, Alexander is a normal name but I hate names being shortened. My fiancé and I have had a big thing over this particular name as an option for our own children because I would refuse to have it shortened to anything. So, because Alexander has two alternatives, this really bugged me. Name aside, I did like him. He comes from a world so completely different to Caymen's and the banter between the two was fantastic. Caymen has ideas about Xander from the very start whereas he doesn't judge her at all. He is from a very well off and successful family but he isn't what Caymen expects him to be at all.
What I really enjoyed about this book was the relationship building between Caymen and Xander. There isn't any of this instantly falling in love stuff that we get in a lot of young adult books. Instead, the two form a friendship and build from there slowly. At the same time, West gives us a really fun plot about finding yourself and trying new things. Neither Caymen or Xander know what they want to do with their lives and a large part of the book is spent trying to figure that out together. As the characters spend quite a bit of time together, we get to know each of them individually and together which was a great thing. Throughout the book, we get to realise that even though their families have different incomes, Caymen and Xander really aren't that different in the end.
So, not only is the plot great and the main characters fantastic, but there are other awesome things about this book too. The Distance Between Us is really funny. Caymen has this dry sense of humour which had me laughing out loud at times. Add her sarcasm into that and she's a definite winner. There are also some great twists in the plot which were quite exciting and they also broke up the romance between Caymen and Xander. Secondary characters were also great and all (especially Caymen's mum) brought something different to this book.
Overall, I loved this book. Kasie West's writing is addictive, as is her plot. She writes great characters who are easy to relate to and also who I liked very much. I can't wait to read more from this author.
With this book, for some reason, I just didn't click with the characters and, while I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quick, summer read, I will admit that I probably won't be re-reading.
This is cutesy, it is romantic, and it has a lead female who has THE BEST sarcasm in the world. And then there's Xander....swoooooooooon! He is the definition of smooth! I just loved it there are no other words.
A beautiful, cute story.