Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Review Discussion: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Book: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Genre: YA Contemporary
For: Fun
From: Bought at LTUE a few months ago

Short Synopsis: There's a girl who works in a doll shop with her mom. One day a boy comes in to buy a doll for his grandma. They meet. The girl is attracted, but she can tell the boy is rich. This does not sit well with her because she and her mom have decided to have nothing to do with the rich people in the area. But the boy starts coming around and he is irresistible. And then, of course, things get complicated, as they always do and the girl has to decide how important he really is to her.

My Response: This book is a perfect example of the kind of YA contemporary story that I love. And as is always the case, it's hard to articulate why. There's lots of banter, which as we know, is always fun. There's real believable problems that aren't so over the top as to make me roll my eyes. And for me as I try to learn this writing thing, watching how she created such fun, vulnerable and awesome character was especially rewarding. Basically, this is the sort of book I want to write some day.

Bottom Line: I loved it!

Let's Talk About It: What do you think of the stereotypes of rich people? Are rich people generally that bad? Are they always spoiled and snotty and unfeeling? You know, I seriously hope not!

Other Reviews:

The Distance Between Us is a cute quickie book that was JUST what I needed to end a reading slump. From Anna Reads

GUYS! I have found that Kasie West is a master of romance and relationships and writing. At least that is the highly scientific conclusion I have come to as a result of reading all her books in like 3 days. From Good Books and Good Wine

Once I started this story, I knew it was over for me. It was exactly what I needed. From Books With Bite

It's a light, romantic read with a appealingly snarky MC (who works and lives in a CREEPY DOLL SHOP) and a swoon-worthy boy - exactly what I needed as a respite from all my doom and gloom reading. From Presenting Lenore


  1. Reading your review helped me to remember I did read this one! I remember thinking it was cute. This is the one where he gets her cocoa but always takes a drink first, right? (The most random details stick with me, but I thought that was cute!)

    1. Kathy: Yep, that's the one. So cute. I loved it.l

  2. The synopsis sounds like Pretty in Pink. I haven't read a Kasie West book yet, but I need to!!

    1. Kami: You do need to. She has both urban fantasy sorts and contemporary sorts.

  3. I do like this kind of sweet YA romance. It was fun and upbeat without being at all offensive. Even though I found it really predictable and stereotypical, I enjoyed it. I wish there were more of these kinds of books on the YA market, so you should hurry up and write one!

    1. Susan: Yeah, okay! :) I think my story is quite predictable too. But maybe I can fix that as we revise and revise and revise!

  4. YAY! I adored this one as well! My post for the letter "D" was on this book. :)

    Please visit my book blog,

    I'm doing the A-Z Challenge and my theme focuses on books with the title featuring the letter of the day!



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