We are-two crazy teenagers-Raven and Beez and on this blog we hope to enlighten you with our hilarious comments on the countless books we have read ;)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Raven & Beez: The Distance Between Us 

A novel by Kasie West

Publication date: July 2nd, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 158
Targeted Audience: Teens/Young Adult

Summary: 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 absolutely loved this book. I loved Caymen, her witty sarcasm and dry humor and I loved Xander, his oozing richness and effortless charm and hotness. 

First thing first, look at the cover. Look at it. Look. Its so pretty and that did it for me. I just had to read it. How could i resist.?

This book is absolutely fabulous. Caymen has got sarcasm down to an art. She's perfect at it. She's so funny that my stomach was literally aching while I was reading this book. and her cynicism is so amusing and refreshing. I swear if anyone wanted to learn how to speak full on sarcasm, this book is your bible.

Now, I have always wanted to be filthy rich. I hope that in the future I do come in the definition of rich. And Xander is rich, more than rich. Caymen happens to be against the rich. She has grown up with the impression that they are snobs, waste their money on useless thing(exactly what her mom sells) and don't stick around. And she's not wrong, it is further proved when Xander "beckons" her(I was clutching my stomach because I was laughing so hard). I think once I beckoned a teacher(!) before I could stop myself and was so darn embarrassed. 

Now Caymen snarky comment amused and made Xander more interested. Even thought that's exactly the opposite of what Caymen wants she can't help succumbing to his charm and the morning hot chocolate. Both of them have no idea which direction they want their life to go. So Mr-i'm-so-rich-take-my-picture suggests career day and begins the string of fun filled days trying to figure out each others potential. 

So it begins, morning walks with hot chocolate and Xander, ridiculously fun afternoons including one in a private jet with Xander and one digging a grave, rich and funny banter with Xander. Caymen starts warming up to idea of Xander but then the old misunderstanding leads to some do-i-smell-something-burning jealousy and other feeling. We all know they resolve it and spend quite some time down each others throats. 

With the perfect twist in the ending and a shocking discovery and also some more time locking lips, this book is an absolute laugh! Even I(I have an absurd notion that since there are soo many books to read I shall not repeat the ones I already have read) am going to reread it. This book guarantees 101%  silly laughs and rolling eyes. Now, I may have skipped parts about the characters but Raven will gladly fill the spaces.

Read or not to read??
Read, Read, Read!! You have to read this book. Its an amazong book and you will not have a teardrop of regret in you. So just pick it up and read it.

Lots of love and sour punks

I don't know what to put up here since Beez has explained every great thing about this book (and those few things that I did not like... Well go down a little and you will see our heated/silly argument)

Caymen and Alexander are two adorable characters. Hats off to the author for making us (Beez and I) fall in love with them. Caymen's sarcastic-ness and Xander's patience towards Caymen is sooo adorable that I am at a loss for words. This book is a great example of 'opposites attract'.

The story sounds cliché but I assure that it is anything but that. It's got a very homey feel to it. Nothing out of the ordinary happens in it. There's Caymen with her problems and Xander with his. They fall for each other and it's definitely not love at first sight..

There are also other characters that you might love. There's Caymen's bestfriend Skye, who is a great friend but you don't really get to connect with her. There is Skye's weird boyfriend Henry (who I keep remembering as Toad, who will know why when you read it) and he is hilarious. Also there is Henry's friend Mason (Also known as Tic) and there is the great Muffin guy who has no role whatsoever in the book but I love him too.

Xander is so prince like that I couldn't stop thinking about him all day after reading the book. I mean come on girls, a guy who has enough patience to let you open up to him on your own time? That's like having a black diamond among pearls (I said that cause black diamonds look pretty to me) and I prefer calling him Alex in my head because that's my favourite name!

And it's not just that characters, it's the whole plot that's awesome. The mystery about Caymen's family, her dad, Xander's family, career days, that feeling of insecurity and not-belonging that everyone has felt at least once in their life, all of this is what makes this book one of a kind and do as Beez suggests (or forces upon you)- Read it!

 It's a great book. It's not all drama, there are twists, heartaches and a huge bottle of laughing gas. The perfect book to read when you are travelling. I rate it a 4 since I just love rating stuff.

Lots of love and pasta,

Dream Cast!!
Jennifer Garner as Caymen's mom, Saorise Ronan as Skye, Young woody Harrelson as Henry, Samantha Munro as Caymen, Rafi Gavron as Mason, William Moseley as Alexander 

Excerpts (course we're not going to tell you the whole thing cause we'd be dead by embarrassment then) from the convo of RnB on this book. 

Raven: Let's discuss the review for TDBS
Beez: ok
Raven: You begin
Beez: Oh ok. I love TDBS
Raven: Haha you can do better than that.

Beez: ok ok, so the sarcasm and the witty-ness made it so funny. I wish I could learn how to do it!
Beez: Another very nice thing about this book is that the girls character is strong, like in the state of mind way and she is a hard worker. Raven?
Raven: Yeah?
Beez: Can I ask you a question?
Raven: Go ahead
Beez: What was the name of the girl?
Raven: HAHAHAHAHA... Wait even I forgot.
Beez: Haha FACEPALM!
Beez: Yes!
Raven: I remembered due to caveman.
Beez: Haha anyways what do you like about the character? 
Raven: Well she is a hard worker, loves her mom, is sarcastic to hide her true feelings aaand...
Beez: Fun personality and strong willed
Raven: Yeah and has a positive personality.
Beez: Yup and now Xander
Raven: Cool and jerk like at first sight.
Beez: Arrogant
Raven: HOOOT!!
Beez: Totally
Raven: Has got a soft side to him, very observing
Beez: Every girls prince charming
Raven: Yup and loooves food
Beez: Haha muffin addiction
Raven: Ok now lets move on to the plot. There is the Caymen's family mystery.
Beez: The Career days are hilarious and helps us bond with the characters.
Raven: There were some things though that I did not like about the ending.
Beez: What?! What can you not like about this book?
Raven: The ending, in my opinion is not satisfying enough. I mean what happened to her mom, her dad, her future with her family... her future with XANDER?!
Beez: I think it's a good ending since it gives you a long list of possibilities
Raven: But I like it when things are told. That's the whole point of writing a story right?
Beez: But it's always good to give readers a run for their money.
Raven: I think it's better told out instead of leaving the readers to suffer thinking about it for the rest of their lives.
Beez: That's a good thing, it makes the think and forces them to live in the fantasy forever.
Raven: I mean come on the whole reason why you are reading a story is so that at the end you should have a feeling of content that the characters are safe. Hence the phrase "Happily ever after"
Beez: You need to live all that to your imagination!
Raven: But I wanna know if they have any pretty little BABIESSSSS!!!!! And if they do then how many??
Beez: Oh God!! They are teenagers...
Raven: So what?! We can fast forward.
Beez: Ah! That my dear is for you to make up.
Raven: *wailing* I hate it when endings are not clear. Anyways I am tired of racking my brain, we have got a good argument here. Let's type it down.
Beez: Yeah! I don't really know what to say next.
Raven:  Eh! There's nothing to say. I won by a landslide!
Beez: No you did not!
Raven: Yes I did! Nananananana
Beez: My point is valid. A lot of authors leave their books incomplete because that's the catch.
Raven: But the awesome books that I have read do not! Like Cinderella, snow white and the seven dwarfs and beauty and the beast. So we know that they are gonna live "Happily ever after"
Beez: Seriously?
Raven: Yessssssss!!!
Beez: This argument just took a wrong turn.
Raven: *Singing Kesha* I am falling with tears in my eyes... Wait I think it was Dancing with tea in my eyes
Beez: LMAO!! Tea?
Raven: No No I meant.....

And this is just one of our ridiculous convos. Hope you liked it! Toodles

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