Review: The Distance Between Us – Kasie West

December 12, 2014 Review 68 ★★★★

Review: The Distance Between Us – Kasie West
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
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Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 312
Release Date: July 2nd, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.


After I read and reviewed On the Fence everyone was recommending me the author’s other contemporary, The Distance Between Us.  I know by now it’s near impossible to be disappointed in a Kasie West book so I dove in wholeheartedly, and I was not let down. 

The Distance Between Us is a quick read. Its 300 pages felt like nothing, I could definitely read another book about Caymen. This might be why I thought the ending was a bit abrupt, I turned the last page expecting there was more and was kind of shocked to find there wasn’t. It isn’t entirely an open ending, but I found myself wanting a bit more explanation on a few things.

“Does this scare you?”
“More than anything.”
“Because I’m afraid that once you catch me, the game’s over.”

These two, I swear. It’s not often that I ship a couple as much as I did Xander and Caymen. Every time they had a scene together I was glued to the pages, eager to see how their relationship would develop. They work so well together, listening and supporting each other despite their differences. So, the romance? I loved it.


The other characters are great as well, there is a really diverse cast and each one of them was different yet fully fleshed out. Some interesting family relationships are at play here too, as well as friendships. I like how this book explored all the connections, not just the romantic ones.

A random side note that has no significance to the actual story, but doesn’t it seem like the cover almost depicts the opposite of the book synopsis? Like Caymen is the rich one and Xander is the poor one? Anyway.

This is a contemporary I can see myself going back to and reread when I’m in need of a little cuteness and fluff. Definitely recommended.

All opinions are my own. None of these gifs are mine.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

68 Responses to “Review: The Distance Between Us – Kasie West”

    • Alise

      Tell me about it, I’ve liked all her novels, they are so fun! Haha, at least The Fill In Boyfriend comes out relatively soon. Thanks!

  1. Jess @My Reading Dress

    I’m not the biggest West fan. Actually no, I can’t say that. I’m just not a fan of “West tackles dystopia”. BUT I want to see her in her element–contemporary. I was going to pick this one up the other day BUT IT LOOKED LIKE A TEEENY TINY BOOK. So thin. What’s wrong with me? HAHAHA But you seemed to have loved it! I love a diverse cast and if this one tackles more than just romance then count me in! :D Lovely review, Alise <3
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    • Alise

      I didn’t mind Pivot Point but I know what you mean. Some authors do better with a particular genre. It is pretty short, especially since it’s very readable and the pages fly by somewhat fast. I did, it was cute read! Thank you :)

  2. Ellen B

    I feel awkward leaving a comment, because I… don’t like West’s books… But I wanted to let you know I’d been here and read your review!! But, I’m so glad that you liked them, and I always appreciate reading what you have to say. :D
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    • Alise

      Thank you! Yeah her contemporaries do lack that extra oomph that take them to the five star level, and they can be a bit forgettable. Oh, definitely-that was one of my favorite aspects too!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I waaaant to read it!! XD I haven’t read anything by Kasie West and I feel like I really very much need to. Everyone raves about her books!! And yes, I’m wholeheartedly peer-pressured in my reading like that. Not ashamed. xD hehe
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  4. Rashika

    I did not like On the Fence :P Buttt I still want to read this one so I am glad to hear you liked it, Alise! :D I know what you’re talking about in terms of the ending. I’ve read books that while the ending isn’t necessarily open, it feels incomplete. Like it’s missing something that would help finish the book better.

    Also I TOTALLY AGREE. The cover does make it seem like Caymen is the rich one and Xander the poor one :p That’s why the blurb and the cover sometimes confuse me :P

    Lovely review, Alise!! :)
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    • Alise

      Awww :c But I do consider this one better than On the Fence so I hope you do give it a shot sometime! Right? It’s like you’re still expecting something.

      Glad you think so too, I was wondering if anyone else thought so! That’s exactly how I saw it too!

      Thank you :DD

  5. Melliane

    It’s great when you don’t see the pages while reading, that you’re so taken by the story. I love the cover of this one and even if I’ve not read it I confess that I’m curious. thanks for the review!
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    • Alise

      Thanks, I try ;D Oh, I know, I went to buy Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King the other day and it was like $30.00 *sobs forever*

  6. Brooke

    I <3 Kasie West hard. I will read ANYTHING she writes. I loved this book and tore through it. I liked it better than On The Fence, which I also thought was great. I cannot wait for The Fill-In Boyfriend! I do agree the ending was a bit more abrupt than I would have liked. I think there could have been a chapter or two more to really round it out. But overall I really liked it. Great review!
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    • Alise

      So glad to find another fan :D Same! I think this one was a bit more memorable than On the Fence, plus I liked the rich/poor aspect. I completely agree! Thank you :)

  7. Tanja

    I still haven’t read any of Kasie’s books, but girl I need to fix that. I love when in contemps I start to ship a couple so much. I love the sound of both Xander and Caymen. But what I love more is that this book doesn’t deal only with romantic aspects but some others too. Great review, Alise :)
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    • Alise

      You really do! Her YA contemporaries are really fun. Yeah, it goes into friendship and family as well, which was pretty nice. Thanks :D

  8. Mitchii G. @ The Aeropapers

    I haven’t tried this book but a lot of people has been raving about it. But I did read her other contemporary book. It was fluffy and nice, maybe I’ll try this one too once I’m out of this book slump. :D

    • Alise

      Ooh, I think this one would be a perfect After Book Slump Book :D If you liked On the Fence I think you would like this one too :)

  9. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

    I have been wanting to read this for aaaages (yet for some reason I just haven’t gotten to yet). I’ve heard such great things about this book and Kasie West’s contemporaries in general because of the well-developed characters and cute storylines, so I’m in!
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    • Alise

      That’s how I felt about it too, then I just picked it up randomly, haha. That’s exactly how I would described them! I hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it :)

  10. Rachel @A Perfection Called Books

    I just read this one too! I totally agree with everything you said, I loved how fleshed out the characters were and their diversity. They were great ;) The ending was a bit sudden and not very well-explained but Xander and Caymen happened so I’m good ;) Lovely review, Alise <33
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  11. Anatea

    I’ve been hearing about how cute this book is for ages now, and since I recently read On The Fence, I finally believe that. I hope to read this one, like really soon, because I always end up loving the cute and fluffy books, and this one sounds just like the perfect book for me, like all Kasie’s other books! lol
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    • Alise

      Oh, definitely! I actually think this one was even cuter than On the Fence! I 100% recommend it then, I think you would like it a lot! :)

  12. Emily @ Forever Literary

    Okay, I am officially the blackest of the black sheep on this book. Yours is just one of about a hundred glowing reviews I’ve read, and I’m trying SO HARD to figure out what I’m missing. You make the romance sound so cute, and I love books that talk about family and friends rather than exclusively romance. I guess I’ll just content myself with feeling glad that you – and the entire blogging community – loved this one so much.

    As for your side note about the cover, I never noticed that before now, but I completely agree! The outfit choices are a bit backward – that’s kind of funny.
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    • Alise

      Aw, so you didn’t like it? No worries – I feel that way with The 5th Wave. I think it’s mostly that I was looking for an easy, fun read that you don’t want to look into too much, you know? One where you can just go along with the ride.

      Right? I wonder if they did that to draw in more people because the usual contemporary is the good girl bad boy scenario.

  13. Andreea

    Great review! As I said before, I haven’t read any of her books, but they are all on my wish list because everyone keeps saying such positive things about them!
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    • Alise

      Oh, they were so cute! At first you think it’s going to be a typical contemporary but as everything develops it really delves into a lot of things. Thanks!

  14. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales

    I love this book!Caymen is one of my all time favourite heroines-with her sarcasm and cynical attitude.She would be my best friend if she existed in real life.
    I loved the romance too.Caymen and Xander were so cute together.In fact when I saw Caymen’s grandparents in the book I was thinking that this was how Caymen and Xander are going to be like when they grow old.
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    • Alise

      I agree, I really liked her unique and fresh attitude. Haha, same!

      Wow, that’s an awesome point-I love that idea! :D And yes, so cute!

    • Alise

      No! Their names didn’t register because I read this one after D: Now I really want to reread.
      Yeah I really like the way she writes her characters and relationships! Thank you!

  15. Kirsty-Marie

    Ha! It does (maybe it’s the shoes?) but LOVED this one, I didn’t think it would top On the Fence for me, but I get why everyone loved this one a little more (I still really love On the Fence) just TH CHARACTERS, and Caymen has my kind of humour. It was cute seeing their relationship grow and the whole taking a sip before giving her drink thing was <3, a little gross but still. Glad you enjoyed it too! :D
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    • Alise

      Yeah, she looks really fancy and he seems like an average guy. YES! I love their dynamic. Haha, I totally thought that was gross the first time but then I liked it after it became their thing :3 I think I liked this one more because I’m a sucker for the class division romance trope. Thanks!

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