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The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: July 2013
Pages: 320
Series: none
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 Thoughts:
I’ll try not to gush endlessly about this book. Look at the cover! Gorgeous. Look at the names! Caymen and Xander. Love those names. Now I have to read all of Kasie West’s books because I loved this one.

I loved the unique character voice and sarcastic dry humor of Caymen. She grew up above her mom’s porcelain doll shop but thought the dolls were creepy. That was the best part. Before reading I pictured her loving the dolls all her life, but they actually freaked her out a little.

I love contemporary fiction, but I think it can be a hard genre to write a clean romance with a moving and interesting plot. But Kasie West did it! The plot and amazing characters kept me turning pages, and at the same time not wanting the story to end.

The Distance Between Us was a swoony love story with amazing chemistry that made me giggle. A must-read for all YA romance lovers.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing, 1 brief mention of tongue )
Language: none
Violence: none

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4 thoughts on “The Distance Between Us by Kasie West”

  1. I'm always excited to find clean, contemporary YA fiction, but I was still a little disappointed in this one. Not much plot and the characters were kinda meh for me. Still, I'm excited to see what this author does next.


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