Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
"Because I'm afraid that once you catch me, the game's over."
It's official: Kasie West is my new favorite author. After all, I don't think it's coincidence that "Kasie West is the best" rhymes. Anyway, on to the book!
The story follows Caymen, who is very poor and lives above a doll shop with her mother. She's the product of a short and unsuccesful relationship between her mother and a rich guy, and is raised with the idea that being rich is a flaw. Caymen is an absolute delight. Her particular brand of humor - which is dry, very dry - had me laughing a couple of times, and smiling throughout the whole story. She's easy to read and easy to like, but not without flaws (just as I like 'em!). She has a habit of jumping to conclusions a little too fast, but it was never annoying. In fact, I couldn't help but root for her. If she were real, I would definitely be friends with her.
Then there's her best friend, Skye. She's not the typical slutty 'best friend', but very sweet and supporting. I really loved how her and "Toad"'s storylines conveyed the message to look further than just the outside, and that having a sweet boyfriend is more important than having a hot one.
Since the moment Xander showed up with his hot chocolate, I loved him. He's rich, very much so, but he's also sweet and caring and just all around "awhhh". I really loved Xander and Caymen's banter, and the little game they played and their way of saying something but actually saying something else. They were just a very cute couple. Their relationship was also very well developed. Something that started with a bit of snark and dry humor between the two of them, slowly grew to a sense of caring and love. By the time they declared they loved each other, it was believable. West really gets a gold star for writing relationships, whether they were romantic, between friends, or between family members.
The plot was also convincing. This wasn't just a story of two people falling in love, there was always a plot present. I didn't see the climax coming, or at least, I didn't expect it to be the way it was. The build up was slow and subtle, and it convinced me entirely.
All in all, I really recommend this book for fans of a sweet, slow romance, awesome characters, and a solid plot to back it all up. And Kasie West has a new fan.