[Review] The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Monday, August 12, 2013

Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Contemporary
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen

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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.

Kasie West fast became one of my favourite authors of 2013 with her debut Pivot Point which I reviewed earlier this year. So when I saw that she was writing a standalone contemporary I was all over it, and when the book finally came in the mail, I opened it immediately and started reading.

What I love so much about the contemporary genre is its ability to create amazing and memorable characters. And The Distance Between Us was full of them. My personal favourite was Caymen because of many reasons, her ability to be independent and also her knack for amazing sarcasm. Kasie West created an amazing character in Caymen, and it was her dialogue that drew me in the most. She sounded so much like a regular teenager with a hint of maturity. I am one for great sarcasm so Caymen ability to spit out one liners was a great thing for me read, and her relationships with Xander as well as her best friend were great to read.

As much as I LOVED Pivot Point I will admit that this book was no where near that reading experience. I completely understand that these books come from very different genres but I felt there was something different about The Distance Between Us, and I finally figured out what it is. Simplicity. This book is not full of twists and turns (although it does have a few) but it is a straight up, girl falls for rich boy story that will leave you with a smile on your face because of all the cute and adorable scenes that pass between them.

Although this book was not Pivot Point, it still instilled my reaction towards Kasie West as an author, she is amazingly talented, with the ability to capture readers attention with the first line. The Distance Between Us is a great fun and flirty read that goes by super fast and will leave a large and goofy smile on your face. I adored it!

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  1. I actually LOVED The Distance Between Us, even more than Pivot Point because I liked how the author concentrated on one main plot (which is the love line between Caymen and Xander). There was no added plot lines that I wasn't interested in. But I understand why you didn't like it as much as you liked Pivot Point.

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf