Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen, July 2013
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
My Rating: 3.5 stars
Where to Purchase: Amazon, The Book Depository, Barnes and Noble
Summary (From 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.
Reading that synopsis, I pretty much knew what I was getting into. A fluffy contemporary. And that was exactly what the doctor ordered when I picked this up.
This was a very cute read. Caymen was a believable character, even if the situations she was put into pushed the boundary of believability from time to time. Xander was also a nice guy overall. I wasn’t in the mood to read about a jerk, and he wasn’t one. Although the plot point of his extreme wealth got a little tiresome at the end, it worked for the majority of the book. This story felt like something I have seen before (definite RomCom movie material) but I was okay with that! It was a great way to take a break between some heavier reads. I plan on picking up more of Kasie West’s books in the future.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments as well as which book by Kasie you feel I should pick up next!