Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 320 
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17
LOVE. That's straight up what I think of this book. It is one of the best contemporary books I've read in a while and I enjoyed every chapter of it. There was so many different twists and little mysteries to find out in this book unique in that it's also a contemporary romance novel. The main guy, Xander, is a total hottie and someone that I think every girl could definitely fall for. He's sweet, charming, funny and wants to get to know the leading lady, Caymen, from the very beginning. His intentions were always really sweet and just trying to get closer to her even when she seemed reluctant at first, but once their love got going it was great.

The way that Kasie West wrote their growing relationship over the course of the book was incredibly cute. It wasn't insta-love so I already loved it because of that, but I also thought she did a great job of putting their love-building across the whole book and really making you fall in love with their love. Because that's the best part, anyway! Like what I said before about the mysteries, such as the truth behind Caymen's family and her mom's stories, and also the truth behind Xander's intentions of being with her for a while, there were bumps for them to get through in their relationship.

Caymen was a really unique character, just like her name, and it was fun for me to experience this new type of very sarcastic girl that reminded me somewhat of myself. She was really devoted to helping her mom and the store that they owned and I thought that was really sweet and a great character trait for her since I like those kind of people who will do anything for their family. I thought there were some parts where I wish she would have just spoken her mind, but most times I thought she was easy to relate to since I would have wondered the same things or kept it to myself too, like when she thought Xander had a girlfriend.

Overall I really having nothing bad to say about this book because I just loved it so much. It's a completely captivating romance that had my heart racing to see what happened next. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good romance, and characters that have traits easy to relate to. This is a book that I would probably consider reading twice since it's that good. And if this  review hasn't persuaded you than XANDER might!

This book is on shelves now! 

Happy reading!
Amanda, age 17


  1. Ooo, that sounds nice! I've only seen good ratings and reviews for this book. I haven't bought it yet, but I love Kasie's books, and I am due for a contemporary romance read soon! I've been reading paranormal and fantasy and dystopia and EVERYTHING BUT contemporary romance recently. Mmmm, Xander ;)

    Awesome review, Amanda!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  2. YES!!!!! This book is AMAZING!!! And Xander is such a sweet character!!!!!This was definitely one of if not the best contemporary I've read this year!!! Great review and I'm so glad you enjoyed this book!!!!


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