The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | Review

August 21, 2015 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 8 Comments

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West | ReviewThe Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: July 2, 2013 by HarperTeen
Format: Paperback
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4 Stars
Source: Purchased

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 went to the book store back in July with Gaby and I snagged myself this copy, which I read in a day! I seriously ate up this whole book. I had no idea what to really expect from it—I was just in a contemporary mood (still am) plus, I had seen this book around a lot and I hadn’t read anything by Kasie West so I decided to get it and I’m glad I did!

Caymen and her mom own a doll store and they are barely surviving, keeping the store afloat. One day, Xander arrives at the store and I have to say he was smitten with (or by) Caymen. But Caymen has been warned by her mom to steer clear from the rich people and Xander is just that so she tries to keep his identity hidden since his family owns a big corporation. I have to say I enjoyed Caymen and her dry, sarcastic humor. Once I realized how she was, I stayed glued to my book because I was so entertained! I mean, Caymen and I can be the best of friends because I used to be extremely sarcastic but that would get me into trouble (imagine how sarcastic I was) so now I either tone it down or say it in my head and laugh with myself 😀 Xander, while being a rich person and kind of stuck up at times, he still was such a sweetheart. This book shows the rich side and the side where you are struggling to make ends meet. While both of these characters and families are different, they have similarities and quite a few things in common. Caymen discovers a secret that shatters her world and leaves her not knowing who to trust. View Spoiler »I enjoyed having Caymen’s best friend in the book. She was kind of crazy at times and so full of life and would get very thoughtful at times. I also really liked her boyfriend. At first I was so frustrated by him but slowly I started liking him! This book has a really great set of characters that many readers will enjoy.

The ending left me bummed because I felt like some aspects of Caymen’s life weren’t fully resolved at the end and it left me wondering what would happen but this is a stand-alone book so we obviously won’t get any answers. Other than that, I fully enjoyed this book and all it’s wittiness. I am definitely paying attention to this author and I really want to read more of her books.

Do you like sarcastic characters? Why or why not? Are you a sarcastic person yourself? If so, welcome to the team! *throws confetti*

About Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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