Saturday, 5 October 2013
Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Released: July 22nd, 2013
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 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 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. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can they close the distance to each other?
I bought The Distance Between Us on my Kindle because it's published by HarperTeen and I like a lot of their books. This one is no exception - I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more by Kasie West!
Caymen Meyers is seventeen, sarcastic and not at all rich. She works at her mum's doll store, selling creepy dolls and helping make sure the family stays afloat. One day she meets Xander Spence, the very rich grandson of one of her best customers. Slowly she gets to know him, and realises that having money isn't the be all and end all of life.
Caymen is a great character who reminds me of myself, thanks to her constant sarcasm and tendency to say exactly what she's thinking. Some of the cutting remarks she came out with had me chuckling away to myself and made me a big fan of her. I like how she always helped her mum, even though she probably didn't want to, and put their family and business first.
When Caymen meets Xander, she notices him but immediately dismissed him as just another rich boy not worth the time of day. It's only as he actually makes an effort - bringing her a drink every morning before school - that she leaves her prejudices behind and gets to know him. Theirs is a slow-burning relationship that builds over time, which is a refreshing change in YA. There's no insta-love, instead there's a realistic portrayal of two people coming together and finding that they might just like each other.
Xander is also a character I liked a lot. He's kind and generous and not at a
ll like his stuck-up friends. He's good for Caymen, as she is for him, and he's there for her when she needs him most - when family secrets come to light and she's faced with a difficult decision. The secondary characters are great too, especially Caymen's mum and best friend. I like them all!
The Distance Between Us is a brilliant contemporary YA read with realistic characters and a heavy dose of sarcasm. I'm glad I randomly bought it and have it a go as I've now found a new author to follow. I'll be buying Kasie West's other book, Pivot Point, as soon as possible and I hope it's as good as this one!