Release Date: July 2, 2013
Published by: Harper Teen
The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
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.
If you follow this blog closely, you'd know that last Monday, I posted my glowing review of Pivot Point by Kasie West. I loved the characterization, the plot, the humor, etc. And The Distance Between Us is a great follow-up. Caymen is hilarious. She's sarcastic, has this dry humor that catches people who don't know her off-guard but makes you grin stupidly while you're reading. Xander is a wonderful book boyfriend: patient, kind, loyal, considerate, thoughtful (their dates--grin!) and apologetic when need be. Also, it felt like Kasie West had read my mind: she created this strong, independent, funny heroine who likes science! (Also also, KW includes yet another awesome strong female friendship, and a strong emphasis on the mother-daughter bond.) This book is wonderfully fluffy, or as another reader told me, "flufftastic." If you're looking for a fun, glowing, and fast-paced summer read that will give you a bunch of feels and make you feel warm inside, The Distance Between Us is definitely a candidate.
Okay, I can't discuss the book without spoilers, so WATCH OUT FOR THE HIGHLIGHTED SECTION.
The ending ruined the book a bit for me. Suddenly Caymen discovers that she's actually rich - that not just her father is rich; her mother's parents are rich too. Despite having disowned her mother, Caymen's grandparents come back into their lives right when things are coming to a crapshoot, when Caymen and her mom will have gastronomical hospital bills to pay in addition to the debts they owe on the doll store. Thus everything is resolved. Their money problems? Psh. Caymen's college problems? Not anymore. The surgery? No worries there. The ending just felt too rushed and too much like magic, too idealistic for me personally. The book was so much fun until this, when it felt like the floor was pulled out from under me. This is obviously a personal preference, and may not bother every reader.
If you need everything to make sense or fit perfectly, this may bug you. Otherwise, you're good to go, and I hope you enjoy TDBU.