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.


This book held my attention throughout and I was able to finish it in a day. I loved Caymen and her dry humor. Makes me jealous. Wish I had such witty things to say. Caymen grew up with a lot of responsibility taking care of the shop and her mom. I really liked how Caymen came out of her shell during the book. She started off really closed off to other people, but later she is out socializing, making new friends, spending time for herself, and just having fun as a teen. Xander, which is a cool name, breaks down rich people stereotypes. He is sweet, thoughtful, and a good match for Caymen. He is not intimidated by Caymen’s comebacks and helps her discover what she likes/wants to do with her life.


“Is that your subtle way of saying you missed me last week?”

“I’ve missed my hot chocolate. I just think of you as the guy who brings it to me. Sometimes I forget your name and call you hot chocolate guy.”


It is a 5 star for me, but that ending thoughhhh. Disappointing. Yes, it is a happily ever after, but it’s too abrupt. West kind of just skips over important conversations between characters at the end by summarizing it into something like, “they yelled and cried a lot.” There seemed to be a lot of unanswered question that I had at the end :/

I would definitely recommend this book. Reading about Caymen and Xander’s relationship makes this book totally worth it.


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