Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
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 thought Kasie West’s Pivot Point was pretty enjoyable, but this book has cemented my love of this author. Maybe I just prefer it when there isn’t paranormal drama mixed in – I like the romantic and family drama much more!
I don’t think I have much to say about this book, though, but that’s definitely not a sign that this was a bad or lacklustre book (obviously).
First off, there’s Caymen. She is hilarious. People keep saying that she’s very dry and sarcastic, but rather than coming off as an informed trait, West really shows the humor. Caymen is awesome. She’s always making sarcastic little comments with a straight face so that so many people have trouble figuring out if it’s a joke but I like to think that I totally get them. She never seemed too whiny or irritating to me.
Same with her best friend. I have a pretty uneven relationship with best friends in YA, normally not so good. I loved Skye, though. She seems like an equally awesome person, even if she doesn’t have the same awesome and dry humor. Same with Skye’s boyfriend and plenty of other great secondary characters – all hilarious and pretty real despite the short length of this book.
And there’s the romance. Well, frankly, it’s just adorable. Xander is awesome and not a jerk despite his great privilege. Their moments together are just cute. There isn’t too much needless romantic drama and family drama. I mean, there is drama, but it’s all entertaining and fun.
So, yeah, this was just an adorable book. Pretty short and fluffy, but I feel like it’s from the upper branch of the fluffy books – not the kind of book that makes you feel guilty for enjoying, just the kind that makes you smile the whole time. I definitely want to read more from West, especially her contemporary works.