Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA Contemporary
Received: Gifted from Rachel
Releases: July 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
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.
Check out my reviews of Pivot Point and Split Second
This was my first Kasie West contemporary read and I have to say that it was really great. I loved Pivot Point and Split Second, which are fantastic books and totally need more hype. I knew going into The Distance Between Us that it would be well written, but I didn't expect it to be as good as it was. I read this in one sitting out by my pool, perfect place to read this book, and I adored it. The Distance Between Us is pretty much filled with YA tropes but Kasie West is definitely able to write them in a way that everyone will enjoy them.
I really liked Caymen and Xander. I liked their relationship. I really loved their banter. They are just really cute and made my heart all warm and fuzzy. The Distance Between Us is a great pick me up type read. This book could have gone in a whole other direction if it wasn't YA and I liked that it was still very innocent.
Besides this being a romance, there was a big mystery element where Caymen's mother is concerned. This is one of the reasons this book wasn't quite a 5 star read for me. I wanted so much more from it. I think my suspicions were just so much grander than the actual plot of the story.
The Distance Between Us was a lot quirkier than I expected. It has a lot of unexpected elements that sets it apart from the overwhelming amount of books about a wealthy guy who falls for a poor girl. This is definitely a summer/spring read, but I would totally recommend it as a winter/fall binge read. I am in need of more Kasie West books. She is creeping up on favorite author list really fast.
The Distance Between Us was a Square In Wonderland book club read for August as picked for our contemporary YA theme. It was a lot of fun getting to share our thoughts about this one as we read it!
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