Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

distance between usThe Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Age Group: Teen
Source: Barnes & Noble
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Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:

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.


4 out of 5

My Thoughts

You guys, I have been so excited for The Distance Between Us to  be released!  From the moment I heard about it, I knew that I would like this book.  And I was right.  This is such a cute, perfect summer read.

First off, the main character, Caymen (seriously ridiculous name) is awesome.  I love her humor, and she always has a witty comeback at the tip of her tongue.  But besides her wittiness, I could relate to her responsible nature being an extremely responsible person myself.  I was a little nervous that she would be really stuck in her ways about the wealthier people she meets, because her mom has constantly been harsh on the haves.  But she wasn’t, and I loved that.  I mean, she was a little more wary, certainly, but she didn’t automatically assume they were all jerkwads.

And although Xander is into preppy clothes (seriously, he wears loafs sans socks at seventeen years of age), I kind of liked him.  He’s very sweet, and I like his perserverance in persuing Caymen.  Xander also was able to understand Caymen, and understand when she was really upset with things, even if she didn’t say anything.  And the whole pre-sipped beverage (although I would be really grossed out if someone did that to me – I won’t even share a drink with my mother) was totally adorable.

This is a quick read, and it was paced really well.  I wasn’t bored at all, and thought the book just the right length.  I practically read it in one sitting.  I do wish that we got a little more information at the end.  There were a few things left unresolved, and I want to know what happened in regards to a few things.  But those are my only complaints.

The Distance Between Us was exactly what I was looking for, and it met all my expectations!  I highly recommend this if you are looking for something lighter, sweeter, and adorable for Summer.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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15 Responses to Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

  1. I’ve been looking at this one for a while now and it really does sound like a cute read! I really hope my library gets it soon. Glad you enjoyed it and great review!

  2. I’ll definitely have to check this one out! Cassie seems like a really great character and the whole book sounds really cute! 🙂 Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland

  3. I’ve been on the fence about this book. I read some not so shiny reviews and the book didn’t seem anything special, but if Xander is as sweet as you say, I’m inclined to reconsider ;D Sweet guys are a rarity in YA books lately. So are responsible, reasonable girls. It seems like a sweet book, though!

  4. This is one of the books I wanted to mail you! I’m glad I know your taste 😉 I really enjoyed it too. It was a nice fast read and I really liked Caymen’s personality a ton. Xander wasn’t so bad either. haha

  5. Oh I’m so excited to read this one!!! I need to get on it now. I’m happy you enjoyed it and that it turned out to be the cute read you wanted! Also… totally agree with you. Caymen is a weird name!

  6. I’m always on the hunt for cute YA contemporaries and this sounds like a great one! Caymen (bizarre name, you’re right!) and Xander sound adorable. Great review!

  7. You are my contemp. guidebook so I am adding to my list 🙂

  8. daphne says:

    i wanted to read this book based only on the cover. i don’t think i read the blurb until just now. this looks so cute. can’t wait for it. 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    Glad to hear this one is good. There’s been a lot of hype surrounding it and the cover is really cute. I’m definitely going to read it bc I love contemporary and it sounds sweet

  10. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed this one! You seem to always know the best contemporaries! I have a copy coming in at the library, so only a little while longer to read this one! I’m excited to meet Xander, his style sounds unique!

  11. This book is adorbs! I had such a great time reading it.

  12. Great review! I am so excited to read this one. 1.5 more library books until I can start it! And I completely agree that Caymen is a ridiculous name. I’ve already decided that I’m going to call her “Carmen.” (Oddly enough I switch up names I think are silly a lot in books.)

  13. Christina says:

    Fantastic review. I am very curious about this book–the cover is what first peaked my interest. I laughed out loud regarding your disdain for Caymen (I agree!) and how Xander is overly preppy. That’s hilarious. Their relationship sounds super cute though and it seems like the perfect summertime read. I’ll definitely add it to my TBR list.

  14. haha love that you mentioned his loafs sans socks. i too looooved caymen’s sarcasm! she was hilarious. i loved that her grandfather was the same way. 🙂 you’re right… the perfect light, sweet, summer read! and yeah… the name “caymen” was a bit out there.

  15. I’m glad you liked this! I immediately pre-ordered because I loved West’s writing in Pivot Point, i haven’t read it yet, but I hope to get to it soon.

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