Book: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date Published: July 2nd, 2013
Date Started: September 10th, 2014
Date Finished: September 11th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: The Fill In Boyfriend, On The Fence, Pivot Point, Split Second
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 Kasie West. You know how to toy with my heart strings. Kasie West has become one of my favorite authors. I’ve read all of her books to date, including Pivot Point, Split Second, and On The Fence. Now I have to wait until next year for The Fill-In Boyfriend. Sigh.
So the latest Kasie West book I’ve read is The Distance Between Us. This is one of her contemporary novels. I’ve been in a mood to read fluffy contemporary romance novels lately, and this one filled the part perfectly. Well, I don’t think this one was as fluffy as I thought it would be, but I’ll get to that later.
This one is about a girl named Caymen Meyers. She lives in a town where rich tourists frequent the area, and Caymen can also spot them out, along with all their flaws. She works in her mother’s porcelain doll shop where her and her mother are sometimes behind on their bills. But Caymen is okay with the way she lives her life. One day, one of those rich people that she doesn’t care to associate with comes into her doll shop. Meet Xander Spence. But hes different, and he keeps coming back around, and she finds that she doesn’t mind. But her mother wouldn’t approve since her father was one of those rich tourists who left the moment that her mom was pregnant with Caymen. But will money still come between their relationship?
One thing that I really liked about this book, was the fact that Caymen had her struggles. She and her mother struggle with finances because owning a doll shop isn’t the most lucrative business. But Caymen is okay with the way that her life is, but she begins to wonder if the store is beginning to trap her because she has to spend so much time helping her mom out. I think this really helped her relationship with Xander. I think sometimes it can be easier to take advantage of a situation where things are a little bit easier. Why suffer when you don’t have to? I loved that she kept telling Xander essentially that his money doesn’t have to fix everything.
I also loved how these characters pushed each other to be better people. Xander wanted to show her she could do more outside of the Doll Shop, and Caymen showed him that he doesn’t need to take over the family business. Their romance had its ups and downs, misunderstandings, its secrets, and everything you would think would happen in a sort of Cinderella story, except she didn’t need a prince to rescue her.
I did, however, have a problem with the ending. It seemed too easy and simplistic, in a of course she has this alternative solution she never knew about. Its a little too convenient for me, and not everyone has that convenience available. I was so in tune with Caymen’s struggle, that the ending just come across as a sort of, well that struggle wasn’t necessary.
If you’re looking for a quick summer read, or just need something fluffy to lift your mood, then this is one of those books. Just let the romance happen!