Which brings me onto Xander, who was funny and charming, and a total Logan Echolls. Except not as perfect as Logan because, let’s be honest, who is? Xander got a decent amount of development compared to some YA love interests I know. We got to meet his family, we heard about some of his backstory, and he had his own little storyline running alongside Caymen’s. But, even though he was a prominent character, he didn’t overshadow Caymen in any way. Which is great since, you know, this is a book about her.
I got really into Caymen and Xander’s relationship, to the extent that I may have hugged my pillow over them a couple of times when they had a falling out or misunderstanding. I shipped them, of course I did. Were you expecting anything else from me?
The only flaw I found with this book is that it ended a little too soon, story-wise, for me. I would have liked the book to have continued on for a bit longer, just give me a more specific idea of where the characters were headed. I mean, it was pretty clear and a more casual reader would be thrilled with the way it ended, but I was so invested in Caymen and her mother’s lives that I just didn’t want to let them go just yet.
Basically, Kasie West is a queen and I love her books to pieces. While this isn’t quite as fabulous as Pivot Point, it’s pretty bloody close. If you’re looking for a summer contemporary with a sarcastic and strong main character, a relationship that you can get invested in, and writing full of charm, humour and wit, then The Distance Between Us is for you.