Saturday, February 25, 2017

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us
By: Kasie West
Release Date: July 2, 2013

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.


This was Kasie West’s first contemporary novel and I have no idea why I wanted this long to read it.  She can do no wrong; her books are amazing from the very first word to the very last and always leave you wanting more.  It’s like when you’re eating something and it’s so good you never want it to end (like ice cream) but then it ends and you’re like nooo I want more!  That’s how I feel anything Kasie West has written.  Well this novel did not disappoint either, loved everything about it.
We meet Caymen and her dolls.  She and her mother live on top of this doll store that they own.  The amount of sarcasm that Caymen has is unbelievably amazing.  She reminds me so much of myself I love sarcasm, but even she takes it to a whole new level and I couldn’t help but laugh half the time, because I totally get her.  Too funny.  She meets Xander who’s there to pick something up for his grandmother.  This is definitely a story of the rich vs. the poor, but even though it was heavily put in this book I think between Xander and Caymen, things like that didn’t even matter. 
The interactions between Xander and Caymen (by the way really great names) were entertaining, but there were some serious conversations that they had together.  There were definite heart strings being pulled left and right throughout the humor which I enjoyed because sometimes you have to have those real moments where things matter and are important to everyone around.  There were a lot of those moments, I’m telling you I was right there with Caymen the whole way through I was rooting for her to get the happiness she so obviously wanted and needed. 

Life is always tough but it’s the way you go through it that makes you the person you are.  Sometimes it’s not always the best to hold back from others, those other people can help you in the long run.  I feel like this book really showed how you have to be happy in life, you have to remember that sometimes what you want matters and if you really want it you should go for it.  I really don’t want to talk too much about the book because really if you haven’t read it yet you should go and read it. 

Overall this book was incredible from beginning to end and I know I say that a lot but it’s a whole different feeling when it’s something by Kasie west because her contemporary novels are just really quite perfect.  The plot was entertaining, relatable and sensitive all at the same time.  The characters are very likeable, approachable and funny, let’s not forget the amount of sarcasm coming out of Caymen’s mouth, love it!  The setting is great too because it’s a little town that is more touristy and there is a definite division between the rich and the poor, which really helped to bring the point across in the book.  Go get this, it’s worth it! Always!

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