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.
Right…. So… I gave Kasie West a go!
Heh, it rhymed! Looky me, going all gangsta! I don’t really know what I was expecting, or if I was expecting anything at all from this book. I follow bloggers who are huge fans of Kasie West and I’m beginning to think I’m just dead inside or something… Yeah, man, the story was cute and the premise of rich boy vs poor girl is a lovely gesture towards breaking the snobbish, dotted line in between social classes. Anyway, I enjoyed the read, I’ll be honest. I read it in one sitting and had quite a few chuckles along the way…
I really liked Caymen’s sarcasm/dry humor. It was well done and it didn’t come across arrogant or obnoxious. Well placed snarky comments for the win!
I really liked that a doll shop was involved. Who comes up with this stuff? Obviously, Kasie West, but it was different and cool. And the drift shop $5 jeans versus Xander’s $500 shirts… it worked, for the contrast effect. It did work.
I really liked the idea of ‘career days’ even though there was only, what?… 2? 3? instances of them? I think a lot of cool stuff could have happened if there were more career days. Because…Hello! A career day in a graveyard is just fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like death nor the sadness that comes with it, but that was a brilliant idea! What ruined it for me was the fact a little blister was turned into a ‘end of the world’ scenario of antiseptic and bandages. I rolled my eyes, thinking, give me a break. Try chopping wood or rake leaves all day without gloves- see who wins the moaning contest then. It was such a tiny thing but I despise when that tiny thing, any thing, that occurs during hard work is turned into a thing in the first place! Pffft! It shouldn’t be a thing.. a blister shouldn’t get a mention. It just shouldn’t… No!
Xander… Ah, you know, he was a good rich guy. Rebel against his father just for the sake of being a rebel. However, I guess that’s the reality of young adults- trying to find their own way, not wanting others to tell them what to do… I get that. He wasn’t arrogant, nor an asshat… all in all a likeable guy.
Overall– I shall star this book with a 3. I liked it, it made me laugh in places but it didn’t made me go all- aawwwwe, how cute! As I said- I must be dead inside! Also- what’s up with the cover? Shouldn’t the guy wear like super expensive shoes next to the ratty pair of Converse? Something got mixed up on that there, so it did!
Will I try another West book? I might! I probably will.. Yeah, I will… So, tell me, what’s your favorite Kasie West book with potential to turn this cold fish into a sighing fairy princess?