11 June 2014

BOOK REVIEW: "The Distance Between Us" by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published: 2nd July 2013 | Harper Teen
Age: YA Contemporary
Format: Kindle Edition


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.

Review: I never fully had the intention of reading this book. I started the first chapter to get a feel for it and just never put it back down. It was a simple read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
From the beginning I loved the sarcasm Caymen used as her second language--some would say her crutch, but that is opinion based--and the way she kept light of everything. When she meets Xander, I knew this guy was going to be fun.
This lighthearted, fun and witty book keeps you entertained the whole time. You have best friends, cute guys, a doll store, cute guys in bands and the main character who is dedicated to everything and everyone in her life.
I don't have a whole lot to say about this book--good or bad--and I guess that's a good thing, it's just one of those books I recommend for anyone who wants a book that will numb the mind and take you to a place where someone else is fighting battles and finds their way through them.

I loved the relationship Caymen has with every other person in the book. She seems so easy going and it was a relief compared to other heroines. They all have these demons and life is so hard and the world is out to get them and blah...blah...blah. She has things in her past that she isn't happy about, but they don't keep her down.
I loved that Xander just was. He wasn't there to save her or show her the sunshine and rainbows again. They meet, they like each other, they hang out.

This was one of the first books I've read in a long time that just keep me interested. I believe you just might be too.

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