Hey, beautiful! Today, I’m back with another book review!
This time, I’m reviewing The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.
I mentioned this in my Top 5 Contemporary Books post I did a couple days ago, and I think that if you liked The Distance Between Us, then you should really go check that post out.
If you liked this book and want to discuss it with me, then please don’t spoil it for the other people in the comments, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering other people’s feelings.
Publication Date:July 2nd 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: 312 pages
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.
Now, after I read An Ember in the Ashes, I just couldn’t see myself reading another action/dystopian book straight away. I had to get a contemporary to kind of give my brain a little bit of rest.
I saw The Distance Between Us and thought that it would be a fun, cute, short read. And I was so right!
This was perfect for the situation I was put in: traveling and stressing out. It just relaxed me whenever shit got too much, and the plot wasn’t that complicated so I could keep up pretty well without much effort.
I really liked the idea of making the main character be really sarcastic because that really made Cayman much more relatable.
I actually thought that there was gonna be a really annoying love triangle halfway through the book, but it was only a secondary love interest. Nothing to worry about.
Now, I really want to talk about the characters for a second. I’ll be talking about Xander, the main love interest, Henry, the secondary love interest, Susan, Cayman’s mother, and Cayman herself, the main character.
Xander first of all. OH MY GOD! I hate him and love him all at the same time! He’s a dick sometimes, but he contradicts that by being charming. It’s just a vicious cycle! Ugh! I wish I can just be Cayman to experience this, I really do. At first, you think he’s gonna be this total asshole, but the next moment you’re like aww! Then you go back to asshole then end with awe again. It’s just so confusing. And that’s why I love him. I know it doesn’t make sense, but you’ll understand if you’ve read it.
Henry. Oh god, Henry. I really don’t know how I feel about Henry. I love him, but at the same time, I wish he wasn’t in the book. He’s not that bad of a guy, I just think that he didn’t add enough to the book. I don’t know, it’s just my opinion. What I did like about him though is that he’s basically a punk kid. Now let me explain: he’s in a rock band (according to Cayman, they’re really good), he has some piercings and tattoos, and he likes pop-punk/rock music. HOW COOL IS THAT?! If I was in the book, and Henry was just there, I’d totally snatch him up while Cayman isn’t looking.
Now, a character that I have really intense feelings for: Susan, Cayman’s mom. I started off loving her, but then I just really hated her by the end. She’s done some really fucked up things and hid them from Cayman, but when she gets sick at the end (that’s only a mild spoiler), you do kind of feel bad for her. I don’t know, but I do know that what she did to Cayman is bad. Like really bad. Ugh, you’ll have to read it and see.
Now, to end this little review off, we have Cayman, our main character! I left the best for last as you can see. I LOVED CAYMAN! I could really relate to her personality. She’s this really funny, sarcastic girl that isn’t really worried about filtering herself out for people. She also is a big introvert and has no sense of fashion at all. So, basically, she’s me. Just kidding. I do really like that she doesn’t get too overwhelmed most of the time and that she doesn’t rush into things. She likes to take things slow and stay in command. Overall, I think she was one of the best main characters I’ve read about.
Now I also want to explain why I gave this book a 4 out of 5-star rating. I did really like this book, but it’s not this plot complicated book that makes you keep thinking after you finish it. It’s just a cute contemporary book that will take your mind off whatever you’re doing. I don’t know if that actually makes sense or not, but you can come to your own conclusion.
I gave this 4/5 stars on Goodreads.
Much love, Rawan ❤ …