Books I’ve Read: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

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Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: 2 July 2013
Source: Bought
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

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.

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The Distance Between Us is a fast paced, character driven romance where the characters shine through the narrative and straight into your heart.

The gap between rich and poor provides a powerful storyline alongside the stereotypes we place on people just because of their financial status. OK so there might be some that fit the trope perfectly but it would be the equivalent of saying all Welsh people can sing (I can’t) not everyone is going to slot into a nice little box. Add the projection of parental opinion into the melting pot and you have a somewhat unstable world view. Something that is constantly challenged and questioned within the narrative, also making you question your own judgement of people.

Parental expectation and high levels of responsibility for the main characters, make them question life choices. I adored the career dates Xander and Caymen have, although they did also show the divide between rich and poor they also enabled a deeper understanding of each other. Allowing progression of their relationship while providing self-actualization.

Above all else I absolutely adored Caymen’s sarcasm. For me the best main characters are sassy and sarcastic 😉

I’m looking forward to reading what ever Kasie West has to offer next 🙂


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    This sounds brilliant!

    And I can’t believe I haven’t come across a Xander (in real life of fiction) since in Buffy – I’m sure it crops up more often thank I know (it’s just this second occurred to me)…

    I’ll probably think of one now just as I’ve hit the send comment button hehe!

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