This book is just pure cuteness and feel-good romance. It’s light and fun with just the right amount of dry humor and sarcasm to balance out the elements of a certified young adult novel. Although there was nothing special about Caymen as a protagonist aside from the fact that she’s kind of a smart-aleck, her personality and wittiness went well with Xander’s put-together rich boy appeal. And speaking of Xander, I was so glad this isn’t one of those books with the jerk-ish spoiled brat millionaire love interest that a lot of girls (and authors) seem to be partial to these days. Xander is charming, a bit stalkerish (in an arguably non-threatening way), and a little naive, which only served to make him that much more adorable. I liked that he is a perfect gentleman and though not a flawless character, was never an asshole to Caymen or to any of the other characters in the book.
It is not often that I come across a YA novel that makes me smile from ear to ear for hours on end. This is one such YA novel. Aside from Caymen and Xander, the rest of the characters are well developed and aren’t the usual overrated and tired cliche personas. Everybody contributed to the story; there wasn’t a character or a dialog wasted. Skye, Caymen’s best friend, is perfectly likable and isn’t one of those bitchy best friends that seem to have infiltrated major corners of the YA fiction universe. Even Toad, Skye’s kind-of-dumb boyfriend, has an actual realistic personality and was fun to read about.
In terms of The Romance, it’s definitely A+ for me. Conceding that it isn’t ground-breaking, world-ending, or gravity-defying, it still is a good one. Caymen and Xander’s story is sweet and built-up pretty well. What started out as an attraction developed into an unlikely friendship which in turn blossomed into an adorable, sweet, and definitely swoon-worthy romance. Like any other couple, Caymen and Xander encountered problems of their own, but these obstacles were dealt with in realistically reasonable ways. I liked the fact that it wasn’t an insta-love scenario and that despite the distance between Caymen and Xander’s worlds and personalities, the author managed to concoct a love story that is believable both in its simplicity and complication.
This isn’t my first time to read a novel by Kasie West but I must say that I am thoroughly surprised at how this book turned out to be. I read Pivot Point and I loved it, but I wasn’t expecting Kasie to do this good considering her genre-jump from Sci-Fi/Paranormal to Contemporary Romance. This is probably the cutest love story that I have read since Stephanie Perkins‘ Anna and the French Kiss, and despite the fact that I adore Etienne St. Clair, I might be just a tiny-teeny bit more in-love now with Xander Spence.
If you enjoyed Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door, this book is for you. It is light and fun and a happy read, and if you’re looking for something to make you smile, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is your next perfect read.