The Distance Between Us by Kasie West


[Publisher’s Review]

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 Review without spoilers]

I guess you could call this book a bit of a Cinderella story but when you look closer it’s much more than that. The Distance Between Us also deals with issues like single parenting. The main character, Caymen Meyers, has been brought up by a single mother who struggles to pay the bills. The doll shop is all she’s ever known as she’s never dared to consider a future where she won’t take over it. But that changes when Prince Charming aka Xander Spence walks in to the doll store.

Although Caymen’s situation more than explains her line of thinking, I still found it frustrating that she was so persistent in clinging to the stereotypes her mother (unfortunately) filled her head with. Instead of daring to live and explore, she kept making excuses and pushing away the one guy who really understood her. At times I felt like grabbing her by the shoulders (not literally) and screaming, “Just give him a chance!!!” The fact that she kept assuming and not even bothering to let Xander explain was just as exasperating.

But even though Caymen gets her Prince Charming there’s still family drama at the end that manages to work itself out. Her mother’s lies have finally caught up with her and when Caymen is faced with the truth – she’s able to handle it.

The book wasn’t exactly cliche but it also didn’t have much of an “It” factor. I wouldn’t say you should drop everything and read it but I still recommend it.


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