YAH Book Review: ‘The Distance Between Us’ by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us (The Distance Between Us)
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 320
Year: 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased


Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be 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 just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness 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. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

Reviewer Thoughts:

Kasie West could never write wrong. She amazed us with her debut novel Pivot Point and now she’s back with her Young Adult Contemporary novel The Distance Between Us.

Caymen Meyers doesn’t trust rich people and after years of helping her mom run their porcelain-doll shop she knew better. Introducing the handsome, gallant, rich Xander Spence. They are both trapped with  family expectations. They get each other but Caymen has heard enough from her mother on how nonexistent rich people’s attention span is. With so many hindrances in their way, can they close the distance between them?

I don’t have any idea how Kasie does it but the plot flows so smooth, the characters are very well developed and oh boy is the dialogue refreshing and fun. She got me laughing from page one to the very end. Not only does it offer a good laugh, it also tackles a different route when it comes to family expectations and the twisted taboo between rich and poor people. I absolutely love the characters. Caymen is so sarcastic. It’s like breathing a breath of fresh air. Her sarcastic ways are not overdone-just completely perfect and Xander is so charming and such a gentleman. You will fall in love with him.

I believe The Distance Between Us is a book made for everyone. It has so many moral lessons to offer. I honestly could not recommend this novel enough. A truly brilliant read.


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