Author: Kasie West
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: HarperTeen (July 2, 2013)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
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.
It isn't ever hard to forget after picking up one of West's book, why she is one of the few authors in YA, that is my go to author.
I can always count on a great read from her. Her characters are so full of life, so real, and so much fun to be with. You feel instantly connected to them, protective of them, and completely invested in them.
Cayman was so my kind of character. Sarcastic almost to a fault, funny, so down to earth and just real in every sense of the word and as much as a fictional character can be.
Xander was ever bit the swoon worthy character that I just knew he would be and once again, her secondary characters are always the best.
You would never know picking this up, that it was West's debut novel. The one that changed the world of contemporary YA as soon as it hit shelves.
I am so glad I took the chance on this author and fell in love with her writing, the characters she creates and the messages that she relays. It is so nice having those go to authors that you know you can depend on and count on to consistently deliver an amazing story time and time again.
I haven't got a chance to read this one yet but I love those kind of Ya contemps that you end up loving no matter what. Katie McGarry is doing that for me but I will have to give West a chance. Great review :)ReplyDelete
Oh I love Katie as well, she is fabulous too!Delete
I loved this novel too, even though I'm not much of a contemporary fan! It's just that Kasie always brings the magic. However, I don't know about you, but I thought the dolls were so creepy! A nice detail for sure, but they always creep me out.ReplyDelete
Yes, that is a great way of putting it Maja!Delete
I own this but still need to get to it. I have heard so many great things about Kasie West. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review!ReplyDelete
Definitely try her, her characters are always so much fun.Delete
It's great that always have a great time with the author's books. I haven't read any by her but I heard so many great things. I should try that!ReplyDelete
Definitely try her Melliane, she is wonderful!Delete
I adore her books too and I think this might be my favorite by her. I'm really glad to see that you enjoyed it as well. Xander sure was a swoony character. :)ReplyDelete
Lovely review, Ali!
Yes! I loved Xander!Delete
I need to read this - it sounds so sweet and cute with the kind of romance that just makes you smile. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Ali! :)ReplyDelete
It definitely was that Kim. I hope you love this too but I have a feeling that you will. ;)Delete
YEAH ALI!!! So glad you loved this one! Her Pivot Point books are my absolutely favorites, but that's just because I'm partial to paranormal over contemporary. She writes such fun characters!!!!ReplyDelete
I loved that series as well and in fact, was the first that I read from her. I do love a good paranormal!Delete
I've never tried this author, but I'm excited. I've got The Fill In Boyfriend in my ereader so I'm gonna start with that one. Great review, Ali! :DReplyDelete
I hope you love it!Delete
Wow Ali, great review. It's a must to fall for the characters isn't it?ReplyDelete
This sounds pretty good ! Glad you liked it :)ReplyDelete
Great review ^^
@ "Book Addict"
Yay!! One of my very favorite authors!! This book was so much fun. I <3 Xander. And Kasie West always has secondary character perfection! So glad to see how much you enjoyed it! :)ReplyDelete
She really does! Thanks so much Lisa!Delete
Me too, I have a weakness for amazing debut novels :) I haven't read this one, but it sounds like something I should definitely check out. It's so nice when an author can get you to care about fictional people! Lovely review <3ReplyDelete
So very true Ramona!Delete
I love Kasie West, her books are always so adorable. I think this is my favourite of her books so far. I just love the characters and their humour :)ReplyDelete
Her books really are fun!Delete
Kasie West is the best!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one :DReplyDelete
Thanks Eileen, me too!Delete
I just listened to this one on audio in July and liked it a lot. It definitely gave me all the feels! Glad you enjoyed it too!ReplyDelete
Oh I bet it was great in audio too!Delete
Kasie West is really fantastic, I'm not surprised you like her book :)ReplyDelete
She really is a great author. :D Just like someone else I know. :)Delete
I've been needing to read a book by this author. You aren't the only one saying that she is good. I may have to try these on audio. Hm... :)ReplyDelete
Do it! I hope you love them!Delete
I want to read more just from the description! Sounds like a very cute read. I haven't read any of her books yet.ReplyDelete
Oh goodness, I hope you can read one soon, they are all wonderful.Delete
I also enjoyed this one! I read it in a day! I was so hooked on it. I can't wait to read more of her books. Great review :)ReplyDelete
Her paranormal YA series is fantastic if you want something a bit different from her.Delete
Sound right up my alley!!! Great review!ReplyDelete
You would love this Becca!Delete
Wait, what?? This was West's debut novel?! I had thought Pivot Point was her very first book :o nevertheless, the popularity of this particular contemporary cannot be denied. I think last year or the year before that, Xander's name was all I could see over the book webz!ReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
Oh maybe it was I'll have to check! I know it was her debut in YA contemporary at least LOL! Gosh, now I need to check to be sure about it though!Delete
They both came out in 2013 but Pivot did beat it by a couple of months so high fives you for knowing that Faye!Delete
I had no doubts that you'd like this. Anyone who doesn't like Kasie West's books suck. ;)ReplyDelete
And it's standalone too!ReplyDelete
Yes! I love that about it as well. ;)Delete
Cayman sounds awesome - and I really need to read something from this author.ReplyDelete
I really hope that you do because she is fabulous. I haven't read anything by her that I haven't loved yet.Delete
Oh wow that sounds good. And that it's her debut is crazy impressive. I love when I feel protective over characters :DReplyDelete
I've only read one book by Kasie and I wasn't too crazy about it. I want to read her Fill In Boyfriend book. I might check this one out one day!ReplyDelete
Sorry you weren't crazy about it, maybe this one can change your mind. ;)Delete
I liked Kasie's other series but haven't ventured out to read her contemporary romances. I ordered a bunch for my teen readers and I think they will become popular. :) Now I just have to find the time to fit them in.ReplyDelete
I bet they will , her characters are very relatable. ;)Delete
Wonderful review Ali, this is an author I still need to try and you have convinced me it needs to be sooner rather than later.ReplyDelete
It does! I think you will like her characters Kim, so much fun!Delete
I one clicked this one as soon as I read your review :) Great review!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you love it!Delete
One of her best!ReplyDelete
I've had this one forever and still haven't read it. I think I even have the audiobook (I need to check). Great review. I'm going to have to pull this one out and read it soon.ReplyDelete
I really hope you do! I just love all her books that I have read so far and I think I have read most of them. ;)Delete
I'm so glad you love Kasie West too! I love her writing as well, and The Distance Between Us is a particular favorite. Though her other books are highly rated to me too.ReplyDelete
It is so nice having a go to author like this isn't it? So happy you are a big fan too!Delete
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