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Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Book Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, YA
Age Range: 13-17 years old
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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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.


MY THOUGHTS

First of all, let me tell you that I bought this book because of its cover. I know, I’m a horrible human being. Don’t judge a book by its cover, and all that… blah blah. But when I read the summary, I thought it would be another really cliché rich-boy-meets-poor-girl love story. Well, it kind of is—but this is different in its own way.

Before I explain why I absolutely loved this, let me tell you the two things I didn’t like about this. First was the lack of depth for Xander’s character. I just didn’t know more about Xander’s character (and life) outside of their relationship, so as a result, I didn’t quite connect to him more than I would like to. The other thing is the ending. Granted, the ending is sweet and adorable and all but I think that it was just too good, too convenient.

Now let me mention the things that made me swoon over this book.

First of all, I love a book that could make me laugh and this one made me laugh out loud loads of times. The banter in this book is really entertaining and I savored every bit of it.

Another thing I adored is how the story doesn’t just revolve around Caymen’s love life. It actually tackles problems: poverty, indecisiveness of what to do in the future, family history/drama and struggles in health.

If Caymen Meyers, the main character, was a real person, there’ll be no doubt that we would be the best of friends. I relate to her so much. We share the same dry sense of humor or at least I think we do. Much like her, I also don’t have a clue on what the future holds for me. When reading, I always just find myself thinking about how similar we are. She is definitely my favorite character in the story.

There wasn’t insta-love. That was another thing I was worried about before reading this. Luckily, it turned out really good. It wasn’t rushed I loved how I could feel Caymen and Xander’s chemistry.

When I hear the word “doll store” the first thing that comes to mind are creepy dolls. Now in this story, Caymen’s mother runs a doll store. I didn’t feel uncomfortable whenever the shop was being described; it almost feels homely. I don’t know if you even care about that but it’s a pro for me. I just think I should include that.

I heard a lot of great things about the author’s works and I’m looking forward to trying out her other books.

Would I recommend this?

If you like contemporary books or you’re in the mood for a cute romantic story that would make you laugh and feel for the characters, this one’s for you!

All book cover photos are taken from Goodreads.

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Book Review: Because I Love You by Tori Rigby

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Book Title: Because I Love You
Author: Tori Rigby
Series: Standalone
Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC
Publication Date:
May 17th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Age Range: 13+ years old
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Eight weeks after sixteen-year-old Andie Hamilton gives her virginity to her best friend, “the stick” says she’s pregnant.

Her friends treat her like she’s carrying the plague, her classmates torture and ridicule her, and the boy she thought loved her doesn’t even care. Afraid to experience the next seven months alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, Neil Donaghue, a dark-haired, blue-eyed player. With him, she finds comfort and the support she desperately needs to make the hardest decision of her life: whether or not to keep the baby.

Then a tragic accident leads Andie to discover Neil’s keeping a secret that could dramatically alter their lives, and she’s forced to make a choice. But after hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time, she doesn’t know how she’ll ever be able to let go.


I received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours and Blaze Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

MY THOUGHTS

I haven’t read anything from the perspective of a pregnant woman, much less a pregnant 16-year old, so this is quite new to me. Plus, I normally read light and fluffy books when it comes to this genre because I’m too much of a crybaby for heavy topics I like it. But disregarding how foreign this seemed like, I still liked the concept and have been looking forward to this book since before it was published. So you can imagine my excitement when my request got approved.

First of all, let me tell you how fast I read this book. I read it in less than a day. While most of you wouldn’t be impressed by that, well, I definitely am. I forgot to add it to my currently-reading on Goodreads because I don’t want—I can’t put it down!

The only reason that prompted me to take off one star from this awesome book is there’s a lot of problems thrown into just this one book. The main character Andrea Hamilton, which I will call Andie from this point onward, was basically thrown into a pit full of problems.

Speaking of Andie, she is a very likable character—along with Neil, Jill and Andie’s mom. I must say that there was a bunch of whining from her in this book, which is totally understandable considering her situation. If I got pregnant at 16, I’d lose my mind! Anyway, I admire Andie’s strength for not giving up when she so easily could have.

Now, Neil Donaghue. I wish I had my own Neil. His reputation isn’t exactly the best but I fell in love with him so quickly. He is very charming, loving, but also very sarcastic. I love his sense of humor. Sigh… another boy in my list of fictional-characters crushes.

Jill is the perfect best friend. She is the type of friend anyone would want! Together with Neil and Andie’s mother, they supported Andie’s sometimes-wavering strength.

There is a slight Christian theme in the book but it didn’t go overboard/preachy.

I applaud the author for creating such a fantastic book. First, because the character development in this book is superb. And her writing was so stunning that I can feel the love, from Andie’s friends and family, radiating off the pages. There is a beautiful and touching theme in the book that I will let you find out for yourself.

Would I recommend it?

Yes, I highly suggest you read this book. Because I Love You is a marvelous and inspirational read. Although I wouldn’t recommend reading this in public because I bawled like a child looking for her mommy—well, not really but I was quite a mess. I am looking forward to reading Tori Rigby’s other works.

All book cover photos and summaries are taken from Goodreads.