It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
This was easily one of my favourite YA contemporary of 2013, heck it’s probably just one of my favourites, period. The Distance Between Us is like an Asian drama in all it’s glory. There’s the poor girl, the rich guy, the unexpected meet, the cuteness, and of course the drama. Usually the poor girl is an angel, but with Caymen, she’s almost anything but. So snarky and sarcastic, that even Xander gets confused (but she is a nice person!)!
“A lot of people don’t get my humor. My mom calls it dry humor. I think that means “not funny,” but it also means I’m the only one who ever knows it’s a joke.”
“Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm.”
“If you’re recording notes for an official record, I’d like the word ‘very’ stricken and replaced with ‘exceptionally.'”
I just love it. And Xander (thankfully) is not the rich jerk, but is actually a just a rich sweetheart. I totally adore him.
They end up meeting by chance at Caymen’s mom’s doll shop.
“He picks up a business card from the holder by the register and studies it for a moment. “‘And more’?”
The name of the store is Dolls and More. He’s asking what others have before him once they come into the store and only see dolls. I nod. “Dolls and more dolls.”
He tilts his head.
“We used to carry charm bracelets and stuffed animals and such, but the dolls got jealous.”
(see? more Caymen sarcasm!) and both are a bit lost as to what the future hold for them. So together they decide to take turns picking “potential careers” and trying out some new experiences. Along the way there’s some super cute moments as they fall in love (awwwwww). Caymen is a bit prejudice towards the “rich” and scared to get her broken after what happened to her mother, so it’s pretty adorable to see Xander wear her down but also seeing Caymen admit that she’s scared.
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
“And now the real answer…”
Xander is pretty much perfect, but it’s so sweet you really can’t resist.
As he pulls them on, I can’t help but laugh.
“You have driving gloves?”
“And it’s funny.”
I shake my head. “If you say so.”
Point is: You should definitely read this if you like adorably fun and full of sarcastic wit and banter kinda contemporary YA.
Here are a few more of my favourite quotes to get you hooked!
“Do you think I can borrow it for a few days?”
“Of course. For what?”
“I have a porcelain doll fetish. Thought I could take some high-quality pictures of them.”
He shakes his head. “And let’s try that again. For what?”
“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”
“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”
I know you want to read it….
Find Kasie West:
a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.