Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


The Distance Between Us

By Kasie West

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Published July 2nd 2013 by HarperTeen



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.

Overall Rating: 2/5 Stars

I didn't like this one as much as I liked By Your Side. I just really feel like it's for the younger young adults. I think all the characters in this book are extremely childish. And the back and forth between Caymen and Xander was extremely annoying. 

Caymen runs a doll shop with her mom, which I thought was really unique. I've never read a book with a doll shop in it. But Caymen is far from being rich. She doesn't even have a cell phone. So when she meets Xander, she just feels like he won't like her the way she likes him because of her social standing. 

She ends up really going back and forth with him. But in the end, she was kind of right about him. 

I thought this book had it's cute moments. That's why I gave it two stars instead of one. 

Plot Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

The whole "poor girl meets rich boy" is my least favorite cliche'. I just couldn't get over the fact that money was basically all Caymen cared about. She didn't want any of Xander's money, but she was constantly thinking about it. 

I wish this book had a different cliche'. That really made me dislike this book.

This book also had an abrupt ending. We don't get to see what happens after a family has been reunited. I need to know if they stay in contact. I need to know if they forgive each other! 

Character Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

I honestly thought all the characters were annoying. I really disliked Caymen and I hardly liked Xander. I really disliked her mom for automatically placing all rich people in the "bad people" category. 

Romance Rating: 1/5 Stars

I really didn't like them together. They were fine as friends going on career days. Other than that, I don't think they should have gotten together. 

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