Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us
by Kasie West
Young Adult 
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.95
Published by: Harper Teen
Published on: July 2, 2013
Pages: 312


Before I get into my review, here's the 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.


My Rating: 3.5 out of 5. 

An Overview of the Novel: Caymen has lived above her mom's doll shop her entire life. It's always been just her mom and her. Her mom has told her all about how the other side live. How they use poor people like them and then discard them.

But then she meets Xander. Xander is extremely rich and exactly what Caymen has been taught to avoid. But they strike up an unlikely friendship anyway. But it seems like both of them have secrets, they aren't willing to share. Secrets that could rip them apart. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I enjoyed this novel. I liked the characters and the writing was fantastic. I felt like the ending could have had more of a kick, more of a closure, and yet at the same time it fit perfectly. 

West's writing is incredible and I enjoyed watching Caymen and Xander interact. If you are looking for a cute realistic contemporary, then look no further than this one. It is absolutely fantastic. 

Caymen's wit and scaracasm was great to read and I also liked the premise of the novel. It was just great. I adored this one.

So why 3.5 stars? Because it just lacked that extra umph to give it a 4. It was a really cute read and did stand out to me though. 

Warnings/Side-notes: None. Perfectly acceptable for readers of all ages.

The Wrap-up: An adorable read that I really enjoyed. The characters were fantastic and so was the writing. 

Love,

Danica Page

3 comments:

  1. Nice review. I've heard great things about Kasie West's writing so I'm curious about this book and her upcoming release. Too bad it lacked the umph, but I'm glad you enjoyed the story for the most part.

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