Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Genres: Young Adult
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: July 2nd 2013
Pages: 320
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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?

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I liked everything about this book, but for some reason I am having a tough time reviewing it. I think it’s because you kind of have to read it to appreciate it. I don’t want to give away too much because all of the fun is in the discovery.


That’s basically what this entire book is about after all, discovery. Both Caymen and Xander are in the last few months of their final year in high school so they are discovering what they want to do when they graduate.

Caymen is certain that her future is filled with running her mom’s antique doll shop because without her help the store, and her mother, won’t survive. They aren’t quite in the Oliver Twist territory of poverty, but, like a lot of people, she and her mother live paycheck to paycheck and are barely making it.


When she meets Xander, she discovers that even though they come from different worlds financially, they are in a similar situation when it comes to expectations. Xander is expected to take over the family business too, but he’s not sure if that’s what he really wants. Only in his case, the family business is a large chain of fancy hotels.

I'm rich

After learning of their similar familial expectations, Xander comes up with the brilliant idea that they should help each other discover what they should do with the rest of their lives.

They form an effortless and beautiful friendship that blossom into more, but of course, things don’t run as smoothly as either of them would have liked. Thanks to her mother’s few of rich people, Caymen has to overcome some preconceived notions that she has about Xander and the people around him. She instinctively trust and likes him from the start of their relationship, but she waffles back and forth between trusting her instincts and judging him based on his money and social status.

no trust

I keep trying to come up with something neutral to say about Xander, but he was a near perfect leading man. He was so patient with Caymen even when she was pushing him away. He didn’t chase her, but he also never walked away, and he let her set the pace of the relationship. It was like her knew if he could get her to let her guard down, the relationship would be well worth all the work. And on top of all that, he simply liked her for who she was. He didn’t want her to change, he just wanted her to trust him.

trust me

My review focused on the romance because this book mainly focused on the romance, but their were a few side plots that were just as interesting as the main one. Caymen learns a lot about herself, her mother, and people in general over the course of this book, and she ended up becoming a better person for it.

This has definitely become an instant favorite of mine, and I am sure that if I ever actually reread some of my books, this one will be at the top of the list.

If you are in the mood for a massively cute romance then…

Read this now!

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I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There was no sexual content or strong language.

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Author Biography

About Kasie West

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels, published through Harper Teen are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, and THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

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2 thoughts on “Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

  1. I have seen this book around but didn’t read an actual review until yours! I like how they found out that they were still in the same boat even when money was supposed to divide them. And when it comes to YA, discovery is a great theme because a lot of teens are experiencing the same situation.

    1. This one was so good that I bought three of this authors other books. I’ve read two of those so far and they were great too.

      If you like YA romance that also includes great messages, her books are perfect!

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