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.
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