THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West will be released in the U.S. on July 2, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats.
Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.
It feels like I’ve been waiting for this Book Watch post forever, because ever since I read Kasie West’s PIVOT POINT I’ve been dying to get my hands on THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US. So when it came time to choose the book to watch for the week of July 2nd there was no other book I could dream of spotlighting but this amazing-sounding book.
I just love the way this author tells a story and develops her characters and I cannot wait to see how she weaves her words in this contemporary tale which has been described as “Pretty in Pink meets Pride and Prejudice.” And I can’t wait to see if Caymen and Xander are able to overcome the distance between them or if the divide is just too great.
Aside from the fact that Caymen is wary about those with money and that her mother has warned her against rich boys’ attention spans, the description hints that there’s something more than just her mother’s disapproval that Caymen “should’ve been worried about” or rather someone. Which makes me really curious to find out just who that is.
I love stories where the characters are from different worlds, especially ones that involve differences in socioeconomic status. I mean, who doesn’t love a Cinderella story or a love story where one of those in love is from the wrong side of the tracks?
There’s nothing quite like class distinctions or biases to keep two people apart… or at the very least put some pretty big obstacles in the way of a happily-ever-after. And I’m super curious to see if what else, if anything, comes between Caymen and Xander.
I loved “Pretty in Pink.” It’s one of my favorite films. And I even loved the book that was clearly based on an earlier version of the script with a very, very different ending. So, if the framework for this story is anything like that movie I just know I’m going to love the DISTANCE BETWEEN US, even if the ending is a bittersweet or tragic one.
Of course, if the story is nothing like that movie, I still couldn’t imagine not loving it. A cautious and biased main character. A persistent, charming and wealthy love interest. A disapproving parent. And a love story that’s far from insta-love. How could I not love it?
So… because of its awesomeness, because the author is amazing and because I’m just dying to read this book, even though there are some other fantastic-sounding books releasing the week of July 2nd, for me, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US is the book to watch this week.
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About the Book
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.
Other Amazing Books to Watch
Here are just a few of the other awesome books releasing the week of July 2nd:
SOME QUIET PLACE by Kelsey Sutton
THIS STRANGE AND FAMILIAR PLACE (So Close to You #2) by Rachel Carter
THE TWICE LOST (Lost Voices #3) by Sarah Porter
VORTEX (Insignia #2) by S.J. Kincaid
THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa and Laura Roecker
FAMOUS LAST WORDS by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCREAM by R.L. Stine
BECAUSE OF LOW (Sea Breeze #2) by Abbi Glines
SHALLOW POND by Alissa Grosso
SHUTDOWN (Glitch #3) by Heather Anastasiu