REVIEW: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


“Feelings can be the most costly thing in the universe.”

Date Published: July 2, 2013

Published by: Harper Teen

ISBN: 9780062235657

Pages: 312

Status: Read on March 31, 2016

Rating: ★★★★


 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.


The book is fast-paced that you can finish it in a day or two. Once I’ve started it, I couldn’t stop reading it since the writing is really good – not boring at all – plus the characters are all cute (for me!). Aside from that, it is also light so I recommend reading this after a series or perhaps something to help you get away from your slump, as it successfully saved me from mine.

Caymen, the main character, is a daughter of a doll shop owner and she is a responsible daughter, always there to take care of the shop even if she doesn’t want to spend her whole life in that store. Her mother, Susan, was disowned by her parents when she got pregnant and the father of Caymen ran away. The parents of Caymen’s father gave her mother money which she used to start the doll shop. Because of this, Caymen’s mother viewed that the rich people are different from them and that the other half is temporary fun for them. This kind of perspective was inflicted to Caymen, so when the ever rich Xander enters her life, it kind of turned her life upside down.

Xander is from a rich family that run hotels that has 500 or so branches. He first met Caymen when he went to their shop to buy a doll for her grandmother. He was immediately drawn to Caymen’s dry humor and sarcastic remarks. Fast forward, they became friends even though Caymen isn’t really fond of the rich people. She thinks that Xander is different – something is different from him than the others her mother told her. This closeness would later blossomed into love and their mini-adventures or the so-called “career days.”

This is the first Kasie West book I’ve read and I’m really glad I’ve picked it up from my shelf. I find the romance of this book cute and sweet. Not too rushed despite the book having only 312 pages. I just love Caymen’s humor and of course, Xander. Also, I was amazed at Kasie’s sudden plot twist towards the end of the book and how she managed to solve all the conflicts in just a few pages left. I’ll be surely reading the other books of Ms. Kasie West!


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