Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

9:35 AM

Title: The Distance Between Us

Author: Kasie West
Release date: July 2nd 2013
Pages: 312
Genres: Ya, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harper Teen
My rating: 4/ 5 
Source: Bought


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.

(taken from goodreads)


When I went into this book, I made a mental note to not have such high expectations based on what I had heard from close friends. I think it was the best thing I could've done, because I ended up really enjoying the book, but I could tell that had I gone into with high expectations I might have been a bit disappointed.

One of the main things I enjoyed about this book was the romance which, with this book being a contemporary romance novel, was a very huge part of the story (duhh). It was very well articulated and developed. Better yet, it WASN'T INSTA-LOVE! I mean, it was no secret that Xander instantly thought that Caymen was cute and all that, but their whole relationship actually took time tdevelop. And boy was it fun to read through it. This book is filled with wittiness, sarcasm and just overall hilarious stuff. Although, there are a few serious topics such as family, financial issues and finding your true self. Everything was perfectly balanced out so there really wasn't any part of the story that felt dull or flat. It's a really quick and fun read with a few heartfelt moments. 

While I found the characters to be funny and witty, I didn't feel any actual connection to neither Caymen or Xander. I wish I had, but unfortunately it was not the case. It didn't really bother me too much, though. Because they were well-written characters who were nice to read about.

The issue that I had with the book was the circumstance under which Xander and Caymen found themselves. Caymen and her mom own a doll shop and live just behind it in a tiny little apartment where it's almost impossible to walk around. The store isn't doing as well and they are financially unstable. Whereas Xander comes from a remarkably wealthy family. I personally don't think that money should dictate whom and whom can be together, but apparently the parents in this story did. Especially Caymen's mother. Later in the book you find out the reason why she is like that, but it still wasn't enough to justify every preconceived idea that she gave to Caymen. It seemed a bit silly to me is all.

All in all, this book was a very enjoyable, quick and easy read. If you're looking for a cute romance and witty sarcastic characters then this is the book for you!


  1. I loved loved loved this book. I didn't find the financial gap problem that unrealistic (cause I've seen gossip girl and such), but it was still annoying. What I didn't like was the ending. I thought it needed some work. It was too fast. Either way, lovely review!

  2. Nice review! I didn't quite like this book and that's probably because I didn't feel connected to the characters at all. It felt more like I was reading a series of events instead of experiencing them. And surprisingly, I actually liked reading about the financial gap because in my country it can make all the difference in relationships unfortunately. I guess it was more relatable to me

  3. I agree with this completely, these are just like my thoughts when I read this book

  4. So. True. I feel you! I went in with high expectations and came out only feeling meh. I could see bookstagrammers loving it but I can't really see why. I felt like I was reading it just for the sake of reading, not feeling quite connected to the characters. Great review!


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