The Distance Between Us (Kasie West)

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.


I started this book on a whim, but I’m glad I did, because I ended up loving this book. I loved it even more than On The Fence.

I don’t have that much to say about this one, except that it was ADORABLE! And it put a smile in my face for almost the entirety of it. Caymen and Xander were great characters, with so many sides to them. And the two of them together? ADORABLE!!! I really loved how the romance developed slowly, and they became friends and got to know each other well before they became more.

I liked the plot as well, though once again, I wish the adults in this book would have been just slightly more honest, especially with their kids. But Xander’s parents surprised me very very much, which was super nice. The family is definitly involved in this book, and that’s always good.

The book is told through Caymen’s POV, and I really liked her voice. West did a wonderful job writing this book 😉 .

Guys, have you read The Distance Between Us?
What are your thoughts on it?

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book From a Favorite Genre

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Because we all have the right to our own opinion… Choose a book from one of your favorite genres!“.  One of my favorite genres is contemporary, whether it is YA Contemporary or NA contemporary. I just love it! So for today I’m using On The Fence by Kasie West, which I finished this month :).


Original COver:

I like the original cover, but I don’t think it fits the story at all. That’s more of a bridge than a fence, and that hardly looks like Charlie.

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

No covers for either country!

Favorite COVER(s):

Ok, so the Danish cover has people in it, and I’m not crazy about it, still, it’s the one I think represents the story and the characters better :).

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                             

The title in the Polish cover ruins it completely. The german cover is kind of cute, but again, nothing to do with the theme of the book =/.

On the Fence (Kasie West)

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For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows — including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn’t know the first thing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzlers. Even stranger, she’s spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game.

To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can’t solve Charlie’s biggest problem: she’s falling for Braden. Hard. She knows what it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high.


I can’t believe it took me so long to actually read one of Kasie West’s novels… shame on me! And I have to thank  Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much, because she lend me the book, the actual book, so I could finally read it.

This is such a cute contemporary! Like I said, this was my first Kasie West’s book, and I found the writing really enjoyable. It’s a simple and fast read, and it made me emotional and laugh too. I’ll be sure to check out some more of her books soon.

While I found Charlie relatable and I felt for her, she wasn’t always the easiest character to love. She was too brash sometimes, and little in touch with her feeling. She was also very unsure of herself in certain areas, and it was painful to read about. While I understood why she did it, I didn’t like that her first reaction was to run away from her problems, but with that said, she does grow a lot during the book, and by the end of it, I loved her to bits.

I loved loved loved all of her family and friends. Her 3 brothers were hilarious, and I really liked that they knew she could do anything. Their dad was great, even if the poor guy didn’t quite know how to handle a teenage girl. And Braden… well… he was dreamy! I mean, the guy told her that she was perfect just the way she was. He loved her, but he always pushed her and never went easy on her. He opened up to her and was always there. I loved him.

This was a cute contemporary, but it was about more than just romance. It was about family and loss. About knowing yourself and learning how to accept yourself, because only then will others do it too. It’s sweet, romantic and sad, and I would totally tell you to read it.

Now I just need to go read more of her books… 😉

November TBR

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I did awesome with my TBR from last month. From the 15 books I’d said I’d read, I read 12 of them (and then I read 8 more). So I’m pointing for 14 books this month that I really need to read, mostly because they’re ARCs. Also… WOW! Half of my TBR is YA… o_O

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  1. Stroked Hard (Stroked #3) by Meghan Quinn (which I already finished and it’s so GOOD!)
  2.  The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey
  3. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  4. Decidedly Off Limits by Stina Lindenblatt
  5. Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru(Creative HeArts #1) by Tera Lynn Childs
  6. Crazy Pucking Love (Taking Shots #3) by Cindi Madsen
  7. My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
  8. The Bad Boy Bargain by Kendra C. Highley
  9. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover
  10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. Falling for the Girl Next Door (Creative HeArts #5) by Tera Lynn Childs
  12. The Keeper by Jillian Liota
  13. On the Fence by Kasie West
  14. Did I Mention I Miss You? (The DIMILY Trilogy #3) by Estelle Maskame