The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Genre: Contemporary and Young Adult
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
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.
I don’t like reading stories with the same storyline over and over again because it’s the same outcome. Yet I couldn’t resist with this one because of Caymen. She’s so refreshing with her dry humour and the creepiest doll store ever. Kasie West’s writing style is so very strong and light-hearted and all around fun.
Although I liked this novel, there were a few things I didn’t. Xander is such a sweet heart throughout most of the novel that it’s kind of scary. He never gets mad at Caymen for her selfish acts, her accusations, etc. Never. The only he gets angry is when he’s around his father and I wished that West played this part out a lot more than she did because anger like that doesn’t just randomly come from nowhere.
Caymen is one of the most sarcastic characters I have ever read about. On every page, her dry humour is there and because of this, a novel of 300 pages felt like it was only 100 pages. I flew through it and laughed along with all the snarky comments she made about everyone and everything. Albeit the storyline is an old one and I already knew the outcome from the very beginning, I loved reading about the different things Caymen and Xander do together and how their relationship changes. The spin with the creepy doll house is also a fun one that gave the novel that scary feeling of constantly being watched.
The Distance Between Us isn’t anything new but it is an entertaining read that is full of interesting characters with glowing personalities and great humour. I recommend this to readers who enjoy sarcasm and a typical storyline that has a few nicely done twists.
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