Review: The Distance Between Us

The Distance Between Us

Kasie West

Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication date: 2-Jul-2013
Date Finished: 16-Apr-2017
Format: Paperback
Pages: 312
Genres: Romance, Contemporary, YA, Young Adult
ISBN: 9780062235657
Source: library
Reading Challenges: Goodreads challenge


“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.”



Kasie West did it yet again (although this novel was one of her first YA romances). I adored this story. This novel has a similar theme to many historical romances I have read, that is poor girl and rich guy get together and poor girl was rich after all anyway. While overused in the historical romance genre, it was a fun theme to explore in contemporary YA.

Xander, the male protagonist, is so cute and adorable, despite being a rich boy. Like the female protagonist, I was expecting more arrogance and entitlement. Additionally, Skye and Caymen’s friend dynamic was great. They were there for each other in all the best ways, but could have used more communication development, like most friendships.

The only aspect of this novel I wasn’t a fan of was the doll shop, because it seems creepy, but aside from that everything was wonderful. Many important topics are present in this novel such as single parenthood, finding oneself, and social classes. I definitely recommend this book to YA fans.

About the Author

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.



One thought on “Review: The Distance Between Us

  1. I am not a fan of YA contemporary usually, but I am keen to pick up a Kasie West novel at some point since she seems to be so well loved… Do you have a favorite?

    I have a thing about dolls, so a doll shop would creep me out too lol

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