Review: The Distance Between Us

Jul •  11 •  2013
Review: The Distance Between UsThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Series: Stand Alone
on July 2nd 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

Once I started this story, I knew it was over for me. It was exactly what I needed.

Characters: What really drew me to the story were the characters themselves. The main character Caymen is very down to earth and outspoken. I loved her outlook on life and how hard she work. Zander on the other hand has a few things that drew me to him too. Like his looks and funny comments. Even though both characters are different, they each have something that they can learn from one another.

Plot: Plot wise this story had it all. Great secrets, love and a good build up to the ending. As the reader, it held me firmly in the story experiencing everything the characters are. I really love how the plot pointed out clearly the two worlds or point of views these characters each came from. The author did a great job in building it so that the reader can understand the distance.

Distance: Do you know the most common fight between couples is money? Yes, money may be able to buy you everything yet it always leaves you lacking. No real love, no real friends and of course money changes you. You think about your status, your clothes, everything. This story painted an excellent world in which money and stats are who you are.

The Distance Between Us is an excellent story that deeply affects the reader. Writing an excellent story driving towards a profound ending, The Distance Between Us is great!

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Jenny
    Jul 11, 2013

    YAY! So glad you loved this one too Savy! I just adored it, and even though I was already madly in love with Kasie West after Pivot Point, I’m even more in love with her after this one. I loved Caymen and her sarcasm, I know she won’t be for everyone, but her sense of humor was so like mine that I connected to her instantly. Wonderful review!

  2. Candace
    Jul 11, 2013

    I’ve had my eye on this one for awhile, I’m glad it really worked for you, it sounds great! I’ve been enjoying the contemporary books a lot lately!

  3. I wouldn’t have thought money would have been that big of an issue in YA books, but hm… I guess it could. I do like that it is a standalone.

  4. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Jul 11, 2013

    I enjoyed this as well. Loved the dynamic between Caymen and Xander!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. Farah
    Jul 12, 2013

    I reaallly want to read this one! Seems like the contemporary book for me! Great review!
    – Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  6. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Jul 12, 2013

    So glad that you enjoyed this one. I loved it!! I thought that it was done really well. It was just the book I needed to read at the time too. Took me out of a funk.

  7. I love your new blog layout! I can’t wait to read this one! One of my friends is sending me her copy soon. Glad it’s as good as I was hoping! It is sad how much money can affect a relationship. Love that West wanted to talk about this subject. Hopefully the two MC stayed together?!