Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West



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 rating: 5 stars.

“You look terrified. Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Because I didn’t bring my mints.”
“And now the real answer . . .”
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.”

This book is very nice. I’m a fan of such romantic books with smart characters and lack of clichés. Heroes are very nice and the atmosphere of the book clearly on top.

Caymen (pronounced just like the islands, yes) is very sarcastic and intelligent heroine. I always laughed at her jokes, because they reminded me of my own sometimes. And it’s great, because I like to establish a connection with the characters.

And Xander one of a dying breed of cute guys in Young Adult (I just got tired of the abundance of alpha males and bad boys). He loves his family.
He wasn’t rude. He didn’t sleep with half of the school. He cares about Caymen.
In short, he’s a nice guy.

I also love the theme of the social classes, because for some reason it’s close to me, and I can understand Caymen and her mother.
And her mother is wonderful. Not everyone will be able to what she did. This whole situation reminds me of Gilmore Girls. I constantly draw parallels with this show and even images of characters in my head merged with the actors.

This book is very sweet and short, and I can’t talk about it for a long time, but it’s really worth reading.

Here is my fan-art for this book:


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