Monday, 2 June 2014

REVIEW : 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.


Caymen Meyers lives with her Mom and grew up poor. They manage a doll store -some of the dolls are really creepy as hell- and they live just above it in a tiny apartment. They both have issues with rich people, coming from the fact that her dad's rich parents gave money to Susan, her mom, to leave their son alone when they learnt she was pregnant. She grew up disliking rich people, and never took the time to mingle with them because she knew her mother would disapprove.

Caymen is no doubt the most sarcastic character I've ever come across. Like she says, she's exceptionally sarcastic. She has a witty retort to everything and she never missed a chance to make other people uncomfortable with her incredibly dry sense of humor. She made me laugh during the whole book, even during the serious situations. I also liked how she never complained about her financial situation. She was poor, and dating an awfully rich guy but pratically never felt self-conscious. I mean, she did. Once or twice but she never tried to do anything about it to impress him. She was always like, 'That's how I am and you're gonna have to accept that.' However, there's a big plot twist near the end concerning money, which turned out to have a huge role in their relationship. And the whole plot too.

There's one thing you must know about Xander Spence. He is rich. Rich, as instinking rich. Yes, he is ridiculousy charming. Yes, he is always dressed in designer clothes, and buys $30 socks. Yes, he has 4 four cars and a private jet. But he's actually a down to earth guy and isn't at all pretentious, arrogant like most of the rich kids out there. Plus he's awfully cute. He definitely adds to my book boyfriend list, because he's so considerate and didn't stop being nice to Caymen when she was rude to him. I especially liked how their relationship played out. It was no insta-love thing. In fact her prejudices against Xander gradually changed, when she learned more about him.

Sadly, I felt that the ending was rushed and I still had many questions, like who was Matthew, how he was involved with Caymen's mom, if Caymen would ever look for and meet her dad, and how did Xander and Susan's conversation go in the end, and why is her name Caymen??? Otherwise, I'm thrilled that I read this book as it is a good summer read, and you'll no doubt finish it in one sitting