Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Published: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
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 absolutely loved Pivot Point, Kasie West’s debut novel, so I was excited to read The Distance Between Us. After reading it, it cemented my love of Kasie’s writing. The Distance Between Us was a quick read, but it was a lot of fun with great characters.
Caymen is seventeen and lives above the doll shop with her mom in a tiny apartment. They’re close, since her mom is the only family Caymen knows. She’s never met her dad, all she knows is that he is from a wealthy family and didn’t want anything to do with her. When Xander wanders into the doll shop one day, Caymen sees him as just another rich person who looks down on her. Oh, but Xander is going to show her just how wrong she can be.
I adore Caymen so much! She has a sarcastic, dry sense of humor that I immediately connected with. I’ve read many books where a character is described as being witty, sarcastic or funny, but I never see it. Having the character just say numerous times throughout the book that their personality is a certain way without showing it, does nothing for me. With Caymen, as with all of West’s characters, I’m able to actually experience and see her personality. This is important to me since I’m such a character driven reader. And with Caymen specifically, we’re like this …
I got her. She is judgmental of rich people in the beginning, but I saw how it came from a place of hurt and loyalty to her mother. Also how her sarcasm is a defense mechanism that is part of the emotional wall she has up. This actually made me love her even more.
The chemistry between Caymen and Xander was great. The whole ritual they had with her drinks was so stinking adorable! I really liked how he would react to her sarcasm, and would even play along. Gotta love a guy who can appreciate a sense of humor like hers. What I especially love, though, is how being around Xander pushed her to be more introspective about her feelings and see certain things in a new light. She definitely does some growing.
Overall, The Distance Between Us was wonderful! I loved it a lot, and eagerly wait for Kasie West’s next book.