The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

April 29, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★★★

The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published: July 2nd 2013 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 312 pages
Genres: Contemporary
Source: Purchased
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5 Stars

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.

Oh what an adorable book. The adorable-est. This is the cutest, sweetest Cinderella style story about a girl with a very hard life who meets a Very Rich Guy, who turns out to just be the dreamiest boy ever.

It sounds clichéd but it works wonderfully with Kasie West’s amazing story-telling and brilliant characters. I believed in Xander and Caymen, they’re realistic and well crafted. They feel real to me, and I want to believe that their story really did unfold in some corner of the world.

Caymen is the kind of protagonist I love to read about – sweet, caring, brave and determined. She’s not overly dramatic but she’s not stoic either, she reacts to things in ways that I understand, and she’s just so sweet to everyone around her. And I love her sense of humour because it’s exactly like mine.

I love Xander. I thought he was the most pretentious thing ever when I met him, what with him refusing to go by Alexander and his idea of crappy clothes still being things that cost most people their entire fortnightly wages. But he’s so great 😀 I’m in love. As we (through Caymen) get to know him, he turns out to be a huge sweetheart. He’s understanding and gentle and caring, all the things I love in the love interest.

I love that their story isn’t about silly misunderstandings and secrets. They’re two people who obviously like each other and really don’t know what to do about the huge differences in their lifestyles. They try very hard to ignore their feelings, and then later to make their relationship work, but throughout the book they’re honest and open with each other. OK, so they both hide a few things, and have a few misunderstandings, but West’s writing ensures that those instances don’t feel boring or contrived.

As you can probably tell, I fell in love with this gorgeous story. Highly recommend. Read it now!

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2 Responses to “The Distance Between Us by Kasie West”

  1. Katie @ KKatiereads

    This book looks so adorable and just purely sweet, I’m a giant sucker for anything cute! Thanks for such a wonderful review, I will most certainly be picking this up much sooner now that I’ve seen your review. Realistic characters should be a most have in contemporaries I think!

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