Quotes from The Distance Between Us

Kasie West ·  320 pages

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“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?"

"I've missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“His eyes are so intense I want to look away . . . or never look away, I can’t decide.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Caymen?”
“Yes?”
“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Why?”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
“And now the real answer . . .”
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“I love you,” I whisper.
“What was that? I didn’t hear you.”
“Don’t push me.”
“I love you, too,” he says. He puts his cheek against mine. “So much.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“You two are the most in-love not-dating people I’ve met.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us



“So Caymen..."
"So, Xander..."
"Like the islands."
"What?"
"Your name. Caymen. Like the Cayman Islands. Is that your mom's favourite place to visit or something?"
"No, it's her third favourite place. I have an older brother named Paris and an older sister named Sydney."
"Wow." He opens the bag, takes out a muffin, and hands it to me. The top glistens with sprinkled sugar. "Really?"
I gently unwrap it. "No.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“A lot of people don’t get my humor. My mom calls it dry humor. I think that means “not funny,” but it also means I’m the only one who ever knows it’s a joke.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Sometimes it's the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“I wonder why some people seem to be born knowing what they want to do with their lives and others - mostly me - have no idea.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Sometimes it's hard for me to start something because I'd rather not try at all than fail at it”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us



“Feelings can be the most costly thing in the universe.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“This is me facing failure. This is me putting everything on the line even though I know I might lose. And I'm terrified. But like you said, anything worth having is worth the risk.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Mrs. Spence picks up a roll of toilet paper from the counter and scrunches her nose.
“Ask Caymen about that,” Xander says.
Great, now I have to explain to his mother about my vandalism? “Your son called me with a toilet paper emergency. I rushed right over.”
She looks confused so Xander says, “She’s kidding, Mom.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“I think unhappiness comes from unfulfilled expectations.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Hi, I’m stranger one and this is stranger two. Are you uncomfortable yet?”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us



“I slide my feet onto the seat next to him, my ankle brushing against his thigh. “No shallowness of breath? No rapidly beating heart?”
He rests one hand on my foot as he continues to mess with his phone. His eyes meet mine in amusement. “Are those the indicators? I might have an issue after all.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm.”
“If you’re recording notes for an official record, I’d like the word ‘very’ stricken and replaced with ‘exceptionally.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“I turn my head so that he doesn't see my smile and secretly curse him for making me feel special.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“My older brother, Lucas, is twenty and away at college."
"Those are pretty normal names."
"Normal?"
"No Chets or Wellingtons or anything."
He raises one eyebrow. "Do you know any Wellingtons?"
"Of course not, but you probably do."
"No, actually I don't.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“A week ago someone warned me not to buy the blueberry muffins at Eddie's, but I didn't listen and bought them anyway. Now at odd hours I get these insatiable cravings."

"They're laced with addictive substances.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us



“I hope I'm not turning into that girl, the one who daydreams about a guy she can never have.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“Not the “be yourself” line. I loathe that line. As if Myself and Tic have met before and gotten along, so all I have to do is make sure Myself is there this time. So illogical.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“that’s my life: screaming without making a sound.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“He laughs again. “You’re different, Caymen.”

“Different than what?”

“Than any other girl I’ve met.”

Considering most of the girls he’d met probably had fifty times as much money as I did, that wasn’t a hard feat to accomplish. Thinking about that makes my eyes sting.

“It’s refreshing. You make me feel normal.”

“Huh. I better work on that because you’re far from normal.”

He smiles and pushes my shoulder playfully. My heart slams into my ribs. “Caymen.”

I take another handful of dirt and smash it against his neck then try to make a quick escape. He grabs me from behind, and I see his hand, full of dirt, coming toward my face when the warning beeps of the tractor start up.

“Saved by the gravediggers,” he says.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“How come the dog isn’t named?” He reads aloud the title on the box. “‘Peggy and dog.’”
“Because people tend to want to name animals after their beloved pets.”
“Really?”
“No. I have no idea. I can give you the number of Peggy’s creator if you want to ask.”
“You have the phone number of this doll’s creator?”
“No.” I punch the price into the register and push Total.
“You’re hard to read,” he says”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us



“Growing up, I never felt deprived. I was always happy. It seems only lately I've started seeing everything I didn't have.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“...You know the difference between a 'boy friend' and a 'boyfriend'."

I roll my eyes with a smile. "Yeah, yeah."

"Just a little space,"...”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“This is like the calm after the storm. Everything has settled, and even though it left destruction in its wake, you know the worst is over.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“I’d rather not see their eyes. Eyes can say so much. Theirs say, ‘I want to steal your soul so don’t turn your back on us.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us


“And more’?”

The name of the store is Dolls and More. He’s asking what others have before him once they come into the store and only see dolls. I nod. “Dolls and more dolls.”
― Kasie West, quote from The Distance Between Us



About the author

Kasie West
Born place: California, The United States
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