love truly build a bridge between the social classes? When Caymen
Meyers, 17-year-old self-professed hater of the rich, meets Xander
Spense, she fortifies her fences. Despite his charm and pretty face, she
knows full well his wealthy background will prevent them from having
any long-lasting relationship. Is Caymen right to be leery?
My eyes burn a hole in the page. I should know this. I can usually dissect a science equation easily, but the answer isn't coming to me. The bell on the door dings. I quickly tuck my homework beneath the counter and look up. A guy on a cell phone walks in.—The Distance between Us by Kasie West (HarperCollins / HarperTeen, 2013, p. 1; uncorrected proof)
That's new. Not the cell phone part but the guy part.
- Setting: contemporary, USA
- Circumstances: Can two teens overcome family pressure and built-in distrust to find love?
- Characters: Caymen, only daughter of a single mom who owns a doll shop; Xander, golden son of a hotel dynasty magnate; their families and friends
- Genre and audience: young adult; contemporary love story; coming-of-age
- Themes: social class; family loyalty; growing up; finding oneself; overcoming prejudices
- Miscellaneous: it has been billed as Pretty in Pink meets Pride & Prejudice; great summer read; a Bloggers Recommend pick for July