SPOILER-FREE BOOK REVIEW: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


Series: Standalone

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Chick-Lit

Length: 312 pages

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication Date: July 2nd 2013

Personal Rating: 4/5 stars

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Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Non-Spoilery Review by Yours Truly


Long story, short: school happened – stress & anxiety & breakdowns happened. Life happened. Reading slump happened. Writing slump happened. Laziness happened.

What is (hopely) not happening anymore are reading & writing slumps. I’m slowly getting back to reading – I’m starting easy with contemporaries, but once I’m really finished with school I plan to read a ton of fantasy books (finally, I have missed my babies). For the writing part – this post is actually the only writing I’ve done in weeeeeks. I believe in myself tho that I’ll start writing reviews for every book I read as I once did!


So anyways, the book. I read The Distance Between Us sometime last week I believe. Some girl did a livestream on bookstagram and she asked which Kasie West book she should read. I’ve read all of her contemporaries last summer so I recommend her On the Fence because I always though that was my fave West book (I mean, the main character is a tomboy, what’s not to like about that??).



Richie Gecko

But then I was trying to remember what happened in her other books and I remembered how much I enjoyed The Distance Between Us. I always pictured the main guy, Xander, as that guy who plays Richie Gecko from From Dusk Till Down (they don’t have any similarities when it comes to how they look but when I think of Richie, I always see him in a suit and those awesome glasses and I picture Xander the same). Kasie West’s books are always so fun and I have some free time so I knew I could easily finish it in a day. So I picked it up for the second time.

I’m a sarcastic human being. Too sarcastic, some may say. Chandler Bing is my spirit animal. So when you give me a character like Caymen OF COURSE I’LL FREAKING LOVE HER/HIM. Sarcastic people stick together, okay. Her sarcasm is the biggest reason why I love this story so much. 

”Note to self: Caymen is very good at sarcasm.”
”If you’re recording notes for an official record, I’d like the word ‘very’ stricken and replaced with ‘exceptionally.”

I absolutely love the development’s slowness of their relationship. Caymen and Xander being friends at first and then slowly becoming more was a big plus for me. (Which I guess happens in a lot of books, but still, let me fangirl over this book.) Their relationship was all fluffy and cute and totally adorable.

The ending is the reason why I didn’t rate The Distance Between Us higher. It felt like it was rushed. Like seriously, I wouldn’t mind another 100 pages with this book.

All in all, I guess you could probably say this is one of my favorite chick-lit contemporaries. Fluffiness overload.

To sum up:


(okay, i feel like i’ve already used this gif oop. this shows you how long i haven’t been active here)




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