Review * The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

August 9, 2013 Reviews 8 ★★★★

Review * The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published by HarperTeen on July 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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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.

What I Thought…

  • It’s been awhile since I’ve stayed up late into the night reading a book and Kasie West has been able to make me stay up late twice in the last month.
  • While The Distance Between Us is completely different from Pivot Point it still has the same great writing and some pretty great characters.
  • So Caymen’s mom owns a doll store. Back in the day I “collected” porcelain dolls, i.e. they were given to me on my birthday or Christmas by family who felt I should collect them. Even though I didn’t ask for them, they were very pretty to look at (but so boring because I couldn’t play with them). The dolls in Caymen’s mom’s store sound super cute and almost makes me wish I had been more excited about my dolls.
  • I have always been a fan of rich guy/poor girl stories and The Distance Between Us did not disappoint, in fact it was one of the more enjoyable ones I read.
  • I really liked Caymen. She has a very dry and sarcastic sense of humor. If you aren’t a fan of dry and sarcastic humor then… I’m not quite sure if you’ll like Caymen. Caymen is also a bit insecure, but not so much that you don’t like her. I found the most irritating thing about Caymen was her “follow the leader” attitude regarding the rich (basically, they are all bad and not to be trusted). Caymen pretty much blindly believe all her mom said about rich people. Don’t worry though… Xander is working on it. ;)
  • Xander. Sigh. He isn’t one of the pompous rich boys and he isn’t one of the jerky rich boys. I would almost go so far as to say he normal, but there was a jet so… not normal. But his determination to make friends (and a little something more) with Caymen was so sweet.
  • I loved all the moments between Caymen and Xander. There were so many cute and funny moments, serious moments and quite a bit of tension between them as well. I can’t say that they’ll make it forever, but West gave enough of both of them to make you think it’s possible.
  • I thought that West did a good job of highlighting the differences between the rich and the poor. It may have been a bit over the top at times (again, there was a jet), but that wasn’t a problem for me.
  • Awesome Best Friend Alert: Skye was an excellent best friend. It drives me nuts when the best friend is either just thrown in so that the main character has a best friend, or is more of a “friend” than a friend. Thankfully Skye is neither of those.
  • I didn’t much care for Caymen’s mom. Too. Many. Secrets.
  • I could have done without the whole mysterious thing with Caymen’s mom. Once it came it out it was a little off for me. The other surprise about her mom was actually not surprising when you think about it.
  • One of the best things (for me) about the ending was that West did not wrap everything up and slap a bow on it. In typical contemporary romance fashion West pulls things together, but she leaves some issues unresolved, which I appreciate.

If you like contemporary romance and/or dry and sarcastic humor The Distance Between Us if for you!

Notable Quotes

“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.”


8 Responses to “Review * The Distance Between Us by Kasie West”

  1. Petty Witter

    Always a good recommendation when a book has you reading well into the night. So glad you enjoyed this, thanks for a great review.
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  2. Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Ha, I think you are the first person who has wanted to go to the doll store. It sounds terrifying to me. :-p

    Caymen’s mom was a real piece of work. I wasn’t a huge fan of her either. Like, how about you not keep secrets like that from your kid who is obviously very responsible?
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    • Kimberly

      Dolls don’t scare me ;)

      Exactly. She was clearly mature enough and responsible enough to handle it so keeping it to herself was completely selfish.

  3. Christina @ Christina Reads YA

    Yes to the differences between the poor and rich (lol at the driving gloves and the jet. Oh Xander – and being in a celebrity magazine). Yes to Camden’s humor. Yes to what you said about her follow the leader attitude but yay for her growing from that. And yes to Xander and their romance. YES TO STRONG FEMALE FRIENDSHIPS. I am starting to think this is a Kasie West thing: strong female friendships, familial problems, and dry humor to add a light edge to whatever story she’s chosen to tell.

    It’s funny that you and I had read this around the same time. We could’ve done a read-along :).
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    • Kimberly

      I think that strong female friends is a Kasie West thing and I FULLY APPROVE! I also approve of dry humor and a light edge!

      Maybe we should do a read-along for Split Second :)