Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
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.
It’s been a while since I’ve read a Kasie West book, so when I discovered a few of her books were on the Audible Escape package, I decided to pick one at random and read it.
And I’m so glad I did.
I’d forgotten how sweet, yet full of substance her novels are. All the best contemporary YA novels are, of course.
I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary adult novels and I’d forgotten how much I love YA. Particularly authors like Kasie West.
Something I truly appreciate about Kasie is her ability to write such different characters. Sometimes authors who write contemporary can often end up writing very similar and forgettable characters, but it seems, so far anyway, that Kasie’s characters have unique personalities.
Our main character, Caymen (amazing name, btw) has such a great personality. Her sense of humor and wit are extremely dry and often misinterpreted or missed completely, so when she finds someone who appreciates all of her comebacks, it’s no wonder the connection between them is sparkling despite their differences.
On the surface, this is just a typical contemporary about a poor girl who falls for a rich boy, but it’s certainly more than that.
Caymen’s job at a porcelain doll shop and her relationship with her mother added substance, along with the parallels that were drawn between these two seemingly opposite characters.
I also adored Caymen and Xander’s mission to find out each other’s dream job by going on adventures.
Though this wasn’t my favorite Kasie West, I’m not sure anything can top By Your Side for me, it definitely is up there.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Probably Not
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I think I want all of her books on my shelf 🙂
Book Boyfriend Rating: 3 stars