The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Bought
Add it: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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.

My eyes burn a hole in the page.
Once again, Kasie West has captivated me. I read Pivot Point back in January, and went on to push it towards everyone I came into contact with. I’ve been waiting a good six months for The Distance Between Us to be released, eagerly anticipating West’s first contemporary novel, and I can gladly announce that it was well worth the wait!

The main character, Caymen, is my number one reason for enjoying this book so much. I was able to connect with and relate to her with incredible ease, which is due to both West’s writing and her skill when it comes to character building. Caymen’s sense of humour was the major draw for me. In fact, I’m pretty sure she is me in bookish form, since our sense of humour is so similar. No one understands mine, either. I’m pretty sure most of my blog readers think I’m a total weirdo.
I loved how strong Caymen was when it came to her mother, who was clearly having a tough time throughout the novel due to financial troubles and such. Financial struggles that I could completely relate to. Caymen was there for her mother a lot, to such an extent that it messed with her own life. It was only after she met Xander that she decided to start branching out and living her own life. Before, it was all about the doll shop.

Which brings me onto Xander, who was funny and charming, and a total Logan Echolls. Except not as perfect as Logan because, let’s be honest, who is? Xander got a decent amount of development compared to some YA love interests I know. We got to meet his family, we heard about some of his backstory, and he had his own little storyline running alongside Caymen’s. But, even though he was a prominent character, he didn’t overshadow Caymen in any way. Which is great since, you know, this is a book about her.

I got really into Caymen and Xander’s relationship, to the extent that I may have hugged my pillow over them a couple of times when they had a falling out or misunderstanding. I shipped them, of course I did. Were you expecting anything else from me?

The only flaw I found with this book is that it ended a little too soon, story-wise, for me. I would have liked the book to have continued on for a bit longer, just give me a more specific idea of where the characters were headed. I mean, it was pretty clear and a more casual reader would be thrilled with the way it ended, but I was so invested in Caymen and her mother’s lives that I just didn’t want to let them go just yet.

Basically, Kasie West is a queen and I love her books to pieces. While this isn’t quite as fabulous as Pivot Point, it’s pretty bloody close. If you’re looking for a summer contemporary with a sarcastic and strong main character, a relationship that you can get invested in, and writing full of charm, humour and wit, then The Distance Between Us is for you.

21 comments on “The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

  1. Kezia D 07/08/2013 1:50 pm

    I have been dying to read Kasie West’s books pretty much for ages! This one seems to be as good as her Pivot Point (haven’t read that one too). I think I am gonna order this online…

    Awesome review! :3

  2. yaescapefromreality 07/08/2013 1:57 pm

    I loved this book too and especially Caymen. So snarky! Kasie West is definitely a go-to author for me. Great review! ~Pam

    • Amber (Books of Amber) 18/08/2013 11:23 am

      Thanks! Hehe, I’m glad she’s one of your go-to authors as well. She should be on EVERYONE’S lists.

  3. Nara 07/08/2013 2:24 pm

    I definitely agree about the ending! I wanted to see the further development of their relationship, or at least have some sort of solid hint about the future. I absolutely loved Xander. He was just so sweet. I found myself wanting to go into the book and shake some sense into Caymen every time she had doubts about him.
    Also, sorry for being pedantic, but it’s Caymen with an e rather than an a. Understandable that you made a mistake, because it’s really not a very common name (actually I don’t think I’ve ever heard of it before) 🙂

    • Amber (Books of Amber) 18/08/2013 11:27 am

      I got confused with the spelling of the Cayman Islands XD Fixed it now though.

      Yessss, a solid hint would have been much better than this ending. And more family stuff!

  4. Lucy 07/08/2013 3:16 pm

    So I totally did not just buy this from the Kindle store…Nope. I was able to resist the awesome book feels. Man, I have no self-restraint whatsoever.
    This sounds so, so good and I think I’ll probably have to start it next! Great review, Amber!

    • Amber (Books of Amber) 18/08/2013 11:28 am

      What is self-restraint, and where can I get some? Wait, no, I don’t actually want any :’)

  5. Ning 07/08/2013 3:54 pm

    I keep hearing good things about this book! I’ll definitely have to check it out! I love contemporaries with humor and some snark!

  6. Jess Hearts Books! 07/08/2013 7:04 pm

    I LOVED Pivot Point (thanks to finally picking it up during the debutahon!) I really liked the romance and banter between the characters so I think I’d really enjoy this contemporary for that reason. I’m really going to have to buy this one soon aren’t I? Thanks for the review!

    • Amber (Books of Amber) 18/08/2013 11:30 am

      Teehee *bows and takes some of the credit* If you don’t give in and buy it then I will question that decision foreverrrr

  7. Mel@Thedailyprophecy 07/08/2013 7:50 pm

    I’m not such a fan of contemporary, but there are sometimes books I’m tempted to try. This sounds like a book I might enjoy 🙂

  8. Samantha Stewart 07/08/2013 10:17 pm

    I still haven’t read Pivot Point… but I’m finally going to get to it this month 🙂
    I really wanted more too! We never really got to see how Caymen and her mother were going to re-build after all the lies, and how her mother was going to react to having her parents back in her life.
    I had like the exact same reaction when Caymen and Xander had a falling out. I didn’t want anything to ruin them!
    Brilliant review 🙂

    • Amber (Books of Amber) 18/08/2013 11:31 am

      Whaaaaaaaaat. I’ll be waiting for your reaction, then!

      I’m glad other people agree with me about the ending, I thought maybe I was just being greedy 😀

  9. Debby 10/08/2013 6:57 pm

    “I shipped them, of course I did. Were you expecting anything else from me?”


    I am TOTALLY with you. I wanted more of the story. The ending was definitely too soon. But I have this a lot with YA stand alone contemporaries… 🙁 Sad day. But YAYYYY I’m so glad you liked this so much! And I LOVE your new “You Might Also Like” with the book covers 🙂 So awesome.

  10. Christina 12/08/2013 3:35 pm

    “My eyes burn a hole in the page.” <- Merp. Is this you being super excited about the book and so you lit it on fire with your eyes or not knowing how to sum up your feels in the review?

    My Kasie West fangirl status is all about her character-building. Both plots could have been improved probably, but I don’t even care, because feels and awesomeness. Also, major flaw of West’s books? Too short. I want to live with the characters forever. How dare they end!

    • Amber (Books of Amber) 18/08/2013 11:34 am

      My eyes and my hands were leaving scorch marks from reading so fast, but luckily my copy remains intact.

      Right?! So rude. Kasie should write at least two hundred more pages for us, because otherwise how are we supposed to cope? Authors these days…

  11. Clover 03/09/2013 9:22 am

    Ahhhh! I loved this book so much. I’m now DYING to read Pivot Point but it’s only in hardback at the moment. I want to cry. I need more books by Kasie West in my life.

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