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Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


Book Cover - The Distance Between Us

Author: Kasie West (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen


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.

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The Distance Between Us offers a quite complicated love story between Caymen Meyers and Xander Spence. But despite that, Kasie West managed to inject a certain air of lightness to it through her characters. She has proven herself (once again) that she can really create great characters, give them distinct voices and breathe life into them through their personalities.

Diving into this book, I was thinking of how she will be able to separate the voice of Caymen from her other female protagonists. Then oh dear, I was just a few pages in and I was already loving Caymen’s character. West crafted Caymen into this very witty and sarcastic girl. Complete with her dry sense of humor. Seriously. I couldn’t even count the number of times I gave myself a face palm (even pounded my head on a pillow) when I was reading this book. She’s such a fascinating character that even her train of thought fascinates and entertains me. Fun and great times is definitely what awaits you.

Oh Xander, that guy is just so sweet and cute. I love how he can exude an air of being rich and mighty but never ever thinks of belittling other people. He breaks away from the norm where rich & hot guys come across as arrogant dudes. Xander’s a normal dude (one certainly with manners) who’s also searching for his purpose and thinking about his future. I adore every single gesture that he did for Caymen. It was very endearing.

I love how Caymen and Xander’s relationship was built from friendship. They may have been flirting here and there but they didn’t act upon it. They were just there for each other in figuring what they could possibly do with their lives in the future. Xander’s career days for Caymen were well-thought of while Caymen’s… I can’t even with that girl. Poor, Xander. There were lots of moments wherein I just couldn’t stop myself from grinning like an idiot. Because Kasie West is so awesome in bringing on the feels.

There was a certain scene in this book that got me teary eyed. It was the one with Sean. I really felt their need to make up for the lost years of being together and as a family. I wish that West could’ve added more scenes with Sean, Vivian and Susan because I could already imagine it being a truly heartfelt moment.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Distance Between Us and would gladly recommend this to anyone. You could never go wrong with a Kasie West book. 




8 thoughts on “Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West”

  1. Eeeep, I’m so glad you loved this! This was my first Kasie West book, and since then I’ve always loved her contemporary novels. I remember sneaking just a few pages before going to sleep, to completely not sleeping at all. Before I knew it, it was almost time for school and I had finished the entire book, haha!

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    1. Haha, you were so engrossed with reading her book that you missed out on your sleep! 😅 Kasie West is definitely one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. Her books are such a quick, light and kilig read. I’m excited for her next release! 😍

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