The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

the distance between us Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen
Source: Gifted
Rating: ★★★★★
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Synopsis

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.

I have finally read a Kasie West novel!!! Thanks to Dianne who kindly gifted this to me. She and Hazel have been forcing me to read a Kasie West book and I’m glad they did because I loved this book so much! I know I’m pretty late to the bandwagon but hey, it’s better late than never!

This tells the story of Caymen Meyers, a seventeen year-old girl living an average lifestyle with her mother. Their only source of income is the doll store owned by her mother. She was pretty much ignorant about rich people until she met Xander Spence, the grandson of one of their regular buyers.

“Sometimes it’s the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.”

Caymen was straight-up smart and really admirable. She’s very responsible and independent. She’s also witty and sassy which made me love her character more. However, she’s not mostly positive about things and I think it said a lot about the dynamics of her character.

Xander Spence. How do I start with him? He’s adorable, adorkable actually. He’s very persistent and I like that about him. Not to mention ultimately swoon-worthy. I can’t even remember how much he made me smile while reading.

“I think unhappiness comes from unfulfilled expectations.”

The other characters weren’t flat too and I liked that. Skye, Caymen’s bestfriend, was really funny and lovely. So was Henry, Skye’s boyfriend. He’s really funny and charming. I even liked how Mason was portrayed and written. There was a bit of a love triangle but it was pretty much minimal that I didn’t really mind it. Besides, no one was whining so it wasn’t that annoying.

I love how the story has some twists and turns. It wasn’t just romance and this book says a lot about family relationships. Kasie West’s writing style had me hooked from the start. I couldn’t even put this down. I was really impressed and glad that my friends had pushed me to read her. I’m definitely going to read her other books and put her on my author radar!

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