The Distance Between Us – Kasie West

TheDistanceBetweenUs
The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
Published: 7-2-2013 by Harper Teen
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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.

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Design – Torborg Davern       Hand-Lettering – Sarah Jane Coleman     

I really like the simple layout of this cover. The hand-lettering is perfect – its placement and the way the letters are not solid is great. I also like the warm color scheme of the photo. I’m not sure that the photo at all captures the personalities of Caymen and Xander, but it’s a nice picture.

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The Distance Between Us is a story about a sweet romance and the relationship between a mother and daughter who have only ever relied on each other. Money is a big issue between Caymen and her mother because her mother has always avoided the rich like the plague and taught Caymen to be wary of them. Xander changes everything for Caymen. He makes her rethink certain things and re-examine her relationship with her mom. This book deals with some big things but is also hilarious.

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  • Caymen – Caymen is easy to love. She’s nonstop sarcasm and dry humor. Caymen knows that her mom’s store and their finances limit her options for college and the future, but she’s not looking for a hero to save her. She’s not someone who needs or even wants a guy around. Caymen is hilarious and while she’s sarcastic and cold with Xander at first, she won’t push him away just because of her mom’s issues with the wealthy.
  • Caymen + Xander – I wish every scene in this book included Xander. He and Caymen have each met their match as far as verbal sparring goes. Xander appreciates Caymen’s strange sense of humor and Caymen finds Xander charming and kind despite everything her mom’s ever told her about rich people. They are both fighting to figure out what they want in life so that they don’t end up following in their respective parents’ footsteps. Caymen and Xander’s ‘career day’ dates are adorable and show how they care for each other more and more as time goes on, planning things according to the other’s interests.
  • independence – Although Caymen’s mom is selfish with Caymen’s time and the doll store, she’s also extremely independent. Independence is something that she’s passed on to Caymen, who finds it difficult to let go of her responsibilities to her mom and the store. Xander, by contrast has every opportunity available to him, and longs to be independent of his father’s control. They both want to be independent from their parents, free to do what they choose.

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  • Mason – I disliked Mason almost immediately. It bothers me how he touched Caymen when they barely knew each other – just acting like he and she were already that comfortable with each other. He never asked Caymen ‘hey is this ok’ and she just shrugged it off by thinking he’s just a touchy guy. Mason shows the bare minimum interest in Caymen. He doesn’t really treat her any differently than he treats other girls, and he doesn’t seem to care that Caymen isn’t very interested in him.
  • twist – I really hate how the major twist near the end of this book basically wipes away the entire conflict that the story is built on. It also makes Caymen’s mother unbearably selfish.

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“Which one do you like?”

Am I allowed to say “none”? Despite the fact it’s my inevitable future, the store is my mom’s love, not mine. “I’m partial to the eternal wailers.”

“Excuse me?”

I point to the porcelain version of a baby, his mouth open in a silent cry, his eyes squeezed shut. “I’d rather not see their eyes. Eyes can say so much. Theirs say, ‘I want to steal your soul so don’t turn your back on us.'”

– Xander + Caymen  pg. 3

Minutes later a Starz magazine is slapped against the window next to me, making me jump in surprise.

“You read this?” he yells through the window. I can barely hear him. He opens the door and climbs in next to me without waiting for me to scoot over. “You read this didn’t you?”

He’s practically on top of me. I slide down the seat to make room for him.

“Drive, Lucas,” he says, pulling the door shut. Then his eyes are back on me and there’s fire in them.

– Xander + Caymen  pg. 207

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4 Robots

Acquired: bought (ebook)

Pivot Point

PivotPoint Pivot Point by Kasie West
Published: 2-12-13 by HarperTeen
Get the book: Amazon
Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, a special type of clairvoyant, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she is able to look into the future and see both outcomes. So when her parents tell her they are getting a divorce and she has to pick who she wants to live with, a Search has never been more important.

In one future Addie is living with her mom in the life she’s always known and is being pursued by the most popular guy in school. In the other she is the new girl in school, where she falls for a cute, quiet artist. Then Addie finds herself drawn into a murder investigation, and her fate takes a darker turn. With so much to lose in either future, Addie must decide which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she’s willing to live without.

 

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Design – Sammy Yuen     Photo – Ada Summer     Rating – 4/5

I like how the title and author’s name run vertically up the center of the cover, dividing it into two halves. It’s cool that one of the girls on the cover is a bit faded while the other is not, because Addie has two paths to choose from, but she does have to pick one while the other never happens.

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Overall, this book was one wild ride. Between the two timelines and the way that each one seems pretty good at first but then goes downhill, and all the drama in each one, it was like two books in one. And it was intense. The ending had me rushing to my computer to see if there was a sequel (yes, but not until early 2014).

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  • non-love triangle love triangle – That phrase was confusing, so stay with me here. There are two guys interested in Addie, but each guy is in a different timeline – so there’s no angst. It was pretty great. Very interesting, and there was no whining over guys!
  • different timelines – The whole idea of this book is excellent. There are two different ways Addie’s life could go based on one major decision she must make. This is a really cool concept that I’ve been interested in for a while – the different ways someone’s life could turn out based on a small decision, or a big decision. Everyone wonders “what if?” This book doesn’t pull the punches. Serious things happen in both timelines. It’s not an easy decision for Addie to choose which path to take – both timelines have their drawbacks.
  • parallels – I enjoyed how there was always a small part of each chapter that overlapped with the previous chapter. The chapters alternate between Addie’s paranormal life and her normal life. Although things happen differently, you can tell which events have just occurred by things mentioned in the opposite timeline.
  • Trevor – No question which guy Addie should be with. Trevor is a great guy, and he and Addie really hit it off. He’s not bitter and vindictive about his injury, even though he cares so much about football.
  • twists – It’s a little tricky to determine who is going to do what. People who seem like they’re decent turn out to to be keeping huge secrets, and people who appear to be villains aren’t the worst of the bunch after all. And there was no way I would have ever seen the way the timelines converged at the end coming. I loved it.

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  • technology – The kids living in Addie’s paranormal community are obsessed with the futuristic tech they have there. When Addie and her friends and family are in the normal world, they are ridiculously helpless in the face of things like door locks and cars. Seriously – door lock and cars.
  • Duke – I immediately disliked Duke. He’s arrogant and his idea of a good way to get a girl’s attention is awful. He just comes off as a jerk and a self-centered egomaniac.

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  • “I’ll see you after school then, Blue Eyes.”     I hold back a curse.     “I knew they weren’t brown. I didn’t know you were studying Light Manipulation. I’m impressed. But it takes concentration.” He leans forward slowly until his mouth is inches from my ear. My eyes flutter and I know he heard the gasp of air I took no matter how quiet it was. “You got distracted,” he whispers, then grabs his backpack from behind me and leaves.     “Not by you,” I call after him.     – Addie + Duke   pg. 81
  • “What did I do to you?” Bobby asks from behind me.     I stop.     “What did you see me do that changed the way you look at me?”     “I saw who you really are.”     – Addie + Bobby   pg. 202

Get Well Soon

 

5 Robots

Acquired: bought (ebook)