The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

15283043From Goodreads: 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.


Rich Guy and Poor Girl. Sounds like your typical romance novel, doesn’t it? And yet Kasie West makes it so different.

This was such a cute and fluffy book! It’s definitely a very quick read and one that’ll definitely get you out of a reading slump.

What makes this book different from others with the same premise is the wonderful characters. Each character in this book is a breath of fresh air. Caymen, with her dry humour and personality is totally relatable. I’m not rich, and I definitely know what it’s like living with your single mother and getting by. Caymen doesn’t let this affect her personality. She’s still an independent and headstrong girl.

“So Caymen…”
“So, Xander…”
“Like the islands.”
“Your name. Caymen. Like the Cayman Islands. Is that your mom’s favourite place to visit or something?”
“No, it’s her third favourite place. I have an older brother named Paris and an older sister named Sydney.”
“Wow.” He opens the bag, takes out a muffin, and hands it to me. The top glistens with sprinkled sugar. “Really?”
I gently unwrap it. “No.”

I really loved Xander as a love interest! He was so understanding. Yeah, he was rich, but that didn’t make him snobby at all. He took Caymen’s humour and delivered it right back to her. Can I get a Xander? I need someone to have sarcastic and witty conversations with!

The reason Xander & Caymen had such an adorable romance was because they both ignored their backgrounds and decided to know each other personally. Yes, Caymen had her doubts at first (because of his money), but Xander had no qualms about proving her wrong whenever he could. He showed her that he liked her for who she was!

I also really liked Caymen’s relationship with her mother because it seemed very genuine. They were great friends and yet their relationship developed and grew throughout the book. Caymen also had a great friendship with Skye, her eccentric best friend.

My only complaint about this book is the fact that it seemed a little bit rushed at the end. I would’ve enjoyed a more fleshed-out ending.

Overall, a great, fluffy, contemporary romance. It’ll leave you giddy and happy and wanting to devour anything else Kasie West writes.

“This is me facing failure. This is me putting everything on the line even though I know I might lose. And I’m terrified. But like you said, anything worth having is worth the risk.”

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  1. says

    I’m so glad you ended up loving this Marianne! I agree that it’s a really easy read and the both characters are really likable and different. It was a 3 star read for me, but it was mainly because of something personal that I didn’t agree with. I’m definitely in the minority though and I think if I was able to get over that one thing about Caymen, I would end up loving this as well. Awesome review! :)
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    • Marianne says

      Yeah the best friend was a really nice highlight to the story. And I found really funny The Crusty Toads appearance in the story. Thanks, Lola. :)

    • Marianne says

      That is so true. She makes relatable characters in sometimes unrelatable situations. Thanks, Jeann!

  2. says

    I can’t remember a single bad thing that I’ve ever heard about Kasie West. And yet . . . I haven’t read any of her books. I HAVE THEM!! I have at least the first Pivot Point book, maybe the second too, and I have her other YA contemporary, and this one is on my wishlist, so it’s a matter of “when” not “if.” And hopefully that “when” will be SOON. I’m glad this one made you happy, Marianne! Great review ;)
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    • Marianne says

      Hahaha I’m the opposite. I’ve read all her books but I don’t own them. Thannk goodness for the library, lol. Hope you enjoy them once you get to read them! Thanks, Jessica. :)

  3. says

    Kasie seems so amazing just because she manages to transform typical story idea into something new. When I first saw this one I dismissed it right away just because it sounded like something I’ve read so many times but then I started seeing some reviews and I now know that I need to read this one soon. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Great review :)
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    • Marianne says

      Yes, that’s what I thought at first but I was pleasantly surprised! I hope you enjoy it if you get to read it. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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