Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: July 2, 2013
Pages: 312
Source: Purchased
Summary (via Goodreads): 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.

 

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This is by far my favorite Kasie West book to date. Caymen was a great main character, and I found the sarcastic nature of her character to be refreshing and entertaining. This book was 5 out of 5 stars to me, and it was added to my favorites list.

 

Overall this was a fast, easy, enjoyable read. I’d highly recommend it to lovers of contemporary romance. Since I’d just read On the Fence recently, I recognized some of the characters from that book in this book. I can’t remember if there was any character overlap from The Fill-In Boyfriend.

 

This book wasn’t very fluffy overall, which was fine by me. I like books with a little more substance, with some issues/problems scattered throughout. It’s more like real life. I won’t spoil what happens in the book, but there’s definitely some drama, some problems, that occur. I think Kasie did a great job with the story, making it slightly suspenseful, even though I pretty much guessed most of what would happen before it did. But nevertheless, I still loved the book.

 

In addition to loving Caymen, and wanting to be her best friend, I also liked Skye a lot. I felt like I got to know Skye more in the book than in On the Fence, because Caymen is her best friend. Xander was another great character. I absolutely loved the interactions between him and Caymen. They seemed like the perfect pairing. Xander has definitely been added to my book boyfriend list. *swoon*

 

I didn’t make a lot of status updates because I was so busy reading, but I did make note of one line I really liked: “Feelings, my dear daughter, you will perhaps learn one day, can be the most costly thing in the universe.”

 

Final note: If you had to read one Kasie West book, I’d tell you to read this one. It was my favorite by a wide margin. I can’t wait to read Kasie’s sci-fi/fantasy duology and her new book coming out later this year.

 

5 stars

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