Book Review: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US by Kasie West

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance

Released on: July 2nd, 2013

Pages: 312

Buy the Book: 15283043

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Goodreads Summary: 

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.

My Review:

Kasie West is a goddess sent down to write fantastic characters full of such invigorating sarcasm that it renders even the best sarcasm completely useless. 

Honestly. This book is fantastic. I loved it from start to finish. Page one, I was hooked. Snarky, smart ass teenage girl that has me laughing every few seconds? Done. I’m sold. Caymen Meyers is the reason I was hooked and Kasie West wrote her to perfection. Caymen is a beautifully complex, hilarious, flawed character. So relateable on so many levels. But whenever she’s with our main guy, Xander, she melts. Frankly, so does he. And seeing their relationship spark and ignite into in an inferno literally had my heart bursting out of its chest. 

Kasie West found a fun and new way to tell the classic “boy meets girl” story and it left me wondering what took me so long to pick up one of West’s books.

The pace was just right for me. A good mix of the romance/relationship building, and a dash of looming drama to keep things interesting. 

My only qualm with this book was the ending. It felt too abrupt to me. For a while the pacing in the story was good and then all of a sudden the bomb drops and then it’s like the story just cuts off. There was a climax but hardly any pages left for a falling action. Although certain storylines were closed and that left me satisfied, I was still asking questions about other things, like Caymen’s mom for example. And I’m not satified with the whole “things turn out okay” ending here. I need answers. And another major question I had was, “what becomes of Caymen’s life now?!” With what we learned, how does that change her life? Does it change her at all? Just some questions I was left with that kept nagging at me for answers I couldn’t give. 

Still, I enjoyed this book immensely. And I definitely need to pick up more Kasie West books – that’s for sure!

MY RATING: 4/5

 

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