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.
Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 312
Publishing Date: July 2nd, 2013
I’ve read two extremely cute and adorable contemporary novels in one day, therefore, I’m a very happy person at the moment. The Distance Between Us is everything I could want in a contemporary romance story. There were witty and sarcastic characters, extremely cute romance scenes that gave me butterflies in my stomach, and there were even a few of plot twists thrown into the mix!
The rest of this review is spoiler-free.
Caymen is one of the most relatable protagonists that I’ve ever read about. She was witty, sassy, sarcastic, and hilarious. I loved all of her remarks (especially when she was talking to Xander). She cared so much about her mom and her mom was a huge part of the story, and that was really refreshing to see in a YA contemporary because I often find that parents are rarely even seen in YA contemporaries.
“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”
“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”
Xander was such a great love interest, oh my gosh. I loved his conversations with Caymen and how he would be witty in response to her wittiness and GAH, Xander and Caymen have just joined my list of fictional-character-OTPs. He was so sweet and caring and I really loved his character.
“This is me facing failure. This is me putting everything on the line even though I know I might lose. And I’m terrified. But like you said, anything worth having is worth the risk.”
I loved Kasie West’s writing style! She executed this novel exquisitely and the story is woven together so well that I couldn’t set the book down. (Note: I read this entire book in 2 and 1/2 hours) Each character was described so well and they each had such unique personalities. Sometimes minor characters just disappear in the background of YA contemporaries, but Kasie does an amazing job of creating multiple minor characters that weren’t just there to be minor characters; they were there to be apart of the story.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It showed that social statuses have formed this stereotype of how certain people are and how they act and it proved that this stereotype just shouldn’t exist. Social status shouldn’t define people’s personalities or people’s judgements of others before getting to truly know them. I loved the romance, the sassy remarks, and the overall message of this book. I am definitely going to be reading more of Kasie West’s books in the near future!
“I love you,” I whisper.
“What was that? I didn’t hear you.”
“Don’t push me.”
“I love you, too,” he says. He puts his cheek against mine. “So much.”
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