Book Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

15283043Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Published on: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Contemporary | Young Adult

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.

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Er.. Okay, I loved the cover! It’s cute, simple, lovely. The plot intrigued me, I thought that kind of plot is only for telenovelas.

Let’s meet the characters. Okay?

Caymen, the ,main protagonist, I liked her immediately. Although sometimes she frustrates me! She’s sarcastic, very, I found myself laughing every time she opened her mouth. She and her mother, Susan runs a Doll store. Oh,  they are poor and that store is the only thing they have. Caymen’s father left Susan when she was pregnant with Caymen, because her father is a rich bastard and her grandparents disapproved with Susan and Caymen’s father relationship. Meanwhile, Xander, her love interest. He’s super duper rich and Caymen, at first, was skeptical about him because he’s rich just like her father and she knew that her mother would not approve of their relationship and blah blah.

So, now, let me address my issues with this book.

First, Kasie West didn’t tell why Xander suddenly started having an interest with Caymen. (well, maybe she did) but, no, really. Halfway through the book, surprise, still nothing. He just started appearing out of the blue with an already sipped-hot-chocolate on his hand and asking a lot of questions to Caymen and oh my god, isn’t that sweet? (I’m being sarcastic here)

Second, why is Xander hates his father? Why. Oh, yes, his father wants him to, what, run the hotel, be successful. That’s it? Yes, that’s it.Telling me, Kasie West, is not enough. You have to show me.

Third, I didn’t like the way everything was resolved. The ending left me hangin’ with a LOT of questions. Yes, it’s a happily ever after. But, no, that’s not the proper way to end a book! Just because the damn problem has been resolved (in a poor way) it doesn’t mean that you have to end it right away. I need closure. I need answers to my questions. Where the hell is Caymen’s father, what really happened to him and Susan, and the list goes on. Seriously. What kind of ending was that? For a second I thought there’s a second book.

Inspite of that, Kasie West. I have to give you some slack with that twist. You, witty, clever girl. I did not saw that coming.

All in all, even though it has a LOT of flaws, I enjoyed it. For real. Only read it on one seating. However, I’m not going to recommend it. The Distance Between Us has a lot of potential, however, the lack of character development and the story itself was really dissapointing. I really thought the story was going to be tragic. I expected too much from this book because a LOT of book bloggers are raving about how good it is.  *sigh* Still, the cover is really, really cute.

“Sometimes it’s the little things that bring that special someone back to us in some small way.”

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What about you? What are your thoughts about this book? Leave a comment! xo

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