Book Review: The Distance Between UsAuthor: Kasie West
Published: July 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary
The Setting - Taken from 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.
My Two Cents
I loved this book. Caymen is the type of girl I would have hung out with in high school. Quirky, independent and witty, Caymen will keep you chuckling with her antics and her honesty. She's just a girl you can't help but love! And then there's the charming, romantic and rich Xander, who in all honesty, is too good to be true! But that's why I love reading, the perfect fictional man isn't hard to find! Caymen and Xander's relationship is anything but perfect (until the end) but it's real and sweet and totally swoon worthy. I think the best thing about this book for me is that it's totally clean. I don't have to worry about swearing and the love scenes when I recommend this to my friends. And I will be recommending The Distance Between Us, 4.5 out of 5 stars. West made me remember how sweet and complicated falling in love can be!