Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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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 Thoughts

This was one of my highly anticipated summer reads. I am a sucker for contemporaries where it's an opposites attract situation. It was a great romance, but more of it was really about her bridging the distance between her and her mother that seems to be getting bigger each day. The title of the book is perfect and has more than one meaning. I loved that. I am always happy when family is a big part of a book and though Caymen only has her mom, she is a huge part of the story. No absentee parent here! I thought that the characters were fabulous and the story was great!!

Caymen lives above the doll store that her mom owns. They are poor and barely getting by. She's a smart girl and very responsible for her age. She takes a lot of the responsibility of the store upon herself and it's kind of sad that she isn't enjoying her teenage years. When she meets Xander, she tries to resist his charms. It's been drilled into her head that rich people will only hurt her. No matter how many times she tries to push Xander away, her keeps coming back, and she likes it. She starts to let her walls down and I enjoyed seeing her realize that things aren't as black and white as her mom makes things seem. She really grows up a lot through this book. I liked how she started out, and I really loved who she became.

Xander seems like the typical rich boy, but he's far from it. Yes, he's rich and has pretty much everything he could want, but he's not a snob like some of his friends. He doesn't look down on people who aren't as well off as he is. He was really sweet, and I loved how he didn't back down when Caymen kept pushing him away. He would loyally show up in the morning with a hot chocolate (that he's taken on sip from) for her and walk her to school. He didn't care if she had money or any of that. He was able to see who she really was. He find out they really have a lot in common for coming from two different sides of the money scale. He melted my heart.

The romance was a slow, gradual thing. I loved it!! Caymen wants nothing to do with him at first and then she starts to fall into a routine with him. That leads to "career days" where they each take turns trying to do something for the other to see what their future might hold. Neither of them want to be in their family business. They spend a lot of time together and get to know each other. They formed a good friendship before it turned romantic. It was refreshing to see a steady building relationship for a change. Of course they aren't without their issues, but they are minor, and this isn't a super angsty book.

This was really fantastic and I am so glad that I read it. I loved the characters, the romance, their story, and the family dynamic. I was frustrated with Caymen's mom because she was so set on the "rich people are evil" thing, and she was also very hypocritical in some ways. I know why she did it, but it doesn't make her any less selfish. Being a mom myself I can understand, and I wouldn't have done things the way she did. Anyways, I'm getting off topic here. Overall this was a great contemporary with a sweet romance. I read this in just over three hours, and I can't even tell you the last time I read a book in one sitting. This is a must read!!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I've been dying for this book ever since I first heard about it! It seems like the perfect summer read, and I'm so happy it didn't disappoint, Amy! I'm liking the sound of the role of the MC's family in this story, finally, a story with no missing parents. ;) I love when family is explored in YA books, and so I'm so excited that it's present in this one. The characters sound very developed as well. And the romance! Yay for no insta-love! I love a good, slow-building romance, that starts out with a friendship.

    Lovely review, Amy!! I'm so excited for this one now- it's sure to not disappoint! <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

    1. (Also, sorry for all the exclamation points and general excitement. My comments slowly start to get crazier as it gets later and later in the night, haha. ;))

    2. Lol!! OMG I am like the queen of exclamation points! I use them at the end of almost every sentence. I really did enjoy this one. It was a perfect book to get lost in. I literally sat down with it figuring I would read a little, then finish the next day. Nope, couldn't put it down and a little over 3 hours later I was done!!

  2. Awesome Review Amy! I love when a relationship in a book develops and grows at a good pace. I'm tired of Insta-Love stories! I also like when family is included in a story! The Distance Between Us sounds like a book that I would really enjoy! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    1. This was definitely one that I would recommend to pretty much everyone!! It's sweet, fun, and just a great read in general!

  3. I like the sound of this one, Amy! Fantastic review! Can't wait.

    1. I think you would really like this one!

  4. I'm really excited about this book, Amy and you've made me all the more excited by your wonderful review.
    It definitely sounds like my kind of story! Contemporaries have really been impressing me lately. Plus, Kasie West has a great writing style! I'm excited! :)
    I'm glad that the romance was slow and this also had a lot of family elements to it. I can't wait to meet Xander! He seems to be the sweetest/nicest person ever!
    Lovely review, Amy!

  5. If it highly recommended by you then I totally read it ASAP! Thanks for sharing.

  6. A slow romance, a present mom... this sounds great! I had been wanting to read it before but hadn't read many reviews yet. Your review has me very excited!

  7. I love that this one has a slowburning love and I already adore the sound of these characters. I can't wait to read this pretty:)

  8. Great review! I want to read this one!

  9. Ack! I have really been wanting to read this one, Amy! I am so happy you liked it!

  10. You know I have to pick this one up asap. Its great that there's a big family aspect to it as well as the romance. Great review!

    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  11. DUDE I'm so jealous you've read this already I have it preordered I am so excited because the only thing that make me give Pivot Point a lower rating was the fact that the paranormal aspect was lacking a bit, but now I am so excited because I'm glad that the main characters were so different but so unique and that their romance was really sweet. I LOVE gradual romances and this definitely sounds like one :D

    I'm glad you really liked this one fantastic review!

  12. Is it possible to fangirl over Xander already? Because I am totally loving the sound of his character. And her mother- ERH. Atl least it was in a way a great quality! I am so excited for this one now!

    Wonderful review, Amy! <33

  13. I have this book and I so want to read it now. I love the sound of it and after reading your review I must find time for it. I thought I'd get more of my books read this summer but it's not happening. Of course it would help if I stayed home a little. :)

  14. This definitely looks like one I would like. Great review Amy! Glad you liked it!


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