Monday, August 12, 2013

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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.

First things first: you should all humor me and read this review while listening to **If You Leave.** DO IT. It'll make for an all the more enjoyable experience, I swear.

Okay, now that you've got the tunes...

For having such a cutesy cover, this book sure made me feel ALL THE THINGS!

Initially I was drawn in by that cover, then once I read the synopsis I was sold, because it basically screams Pretty in Pink, only, you know, in the form of a beach read and what could be better than that? (answer: NOTHING! nothing could be better -- hughes movies are the best)

Anyway, this story delivered exactly what I expected and then some. I loved Caymen--more specifically, her sense of humor. Fellow sarcastic smart-mouths, Caymen is our people! Seriously. Her wise-cracks and dry wit was so refreshing, I found myself laughing and smiling throughout most of the dialogue.

And then we have Blane Xander, who is just as adorable and ~different as the role Andrew McCarthy portrays (click & swoon), and shows her, despite her mother's disdain and prejudice, there's more to him than just his money.

The few issues I had come with the rest of the cast. I often found Caymen's friends (quirky, alternative -- def think Andie's scene here) a little too pushy for my taste, and her mother was just awful. Sure, I guess they all had their reasons and Caymen's best interests in mind, but they just needed to lay off and let her be when Xander had been nothing but nice, showing no signs of messing with her. ("Social profiling," is it a thing? These people make me think so. Okay, I just checked and google said it is.) Instead of Xander rejecting her for her lack of money like her mother always warned her, it was the other way around with Caymen doing the rejecting because he had it. Hypocritical much?

But in true YA fashion, this is a total learning experience for Caymen, because through it all she learns not only more about Xander, but herself, and even her family.

In a nutshell, this book has it all: family drama (boy, the family drama!), romance (oh, the swoons!), humor (ah, that snark!), and all that other coming-of-age angsty goodness. I'd definitely recommend it to fans of Jennifer E. Smith's This Is What Happy Looks Like as so many of the same elements come into play in this book as well; so go out and get it -- it's a great read to sneak in before summer ends!

PS I should probably add, despite all the parallels to PiP, there was sadly, no Duckie present here :(


  1. I've heard so many good things about Kasie's other book Pivot Point and can't wait to read this contemporary. Thanks for the review!

  2. Pretty in Pink is one of my favorite 80's movies and I didn't even have to cue up your musical selection -- it played automatically in my head! I've read some great reviews for this one but, since you connected it to PiP, I think I'm definitely going to have to read it. Blane 4-ever!

  3. I loved this book so much! I had the same issues with Caymen's mom and friends but everything else made up for that. Caymen's sense of humor was the best! Great review!

    Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog


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