Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Distance Between Us by Kacie West

The Distance Between Us4.5 out of 5 Robots!

The Distance Between Us by Kacie West
Genre: Contemporary YA
Release: July 2, 2013
Paperback: 320 Pages
Publisher: Harper Teen
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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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Shannon's Thoughts:
The Distance Between Us is a cute little contemporary love story.  It was very sweet and well written.  I really like that Xander and Caymen's relationship took some time to develop and they truly became friends first.  I also liked the family interactions between Caymen and her mom and Xander and his parents.  No one was perfect and both Caymen and Xander really felt the push/pull that comes with family expectations and obligations.  I especially enjoyed Caymen's sarcasm and Xander's earnestness, but mostly I just enjoyed their interactions together.

There were a few little things that bothered me.  Namely, the fact that Xander is rich and therefore, not to be trusted. This is brought up all the time, sometimes several times on one page.  But since it is told from Caymen's POV, it all seems in her head, not through any action on Xander or his family's part.  It leads to a bunch of misunderstandings, but for the most part they are worked out fairly quickly. 

The book definitely ends on an uncomplicated, happy note.  But it works for this story.  This is the kind of story that you want everything to work out and it does.  It is a great, easy summer read.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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