Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Published: July 2, 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult Adult, Contemporary
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.
“Feelings can be the most costly thing in the universe.”
The cover and the premise of this book somewhat deceived me. Ha! Yes, it was cute and adorable. Funny, even. But that’s not just about it. My expectations were different.
Caymen Meyers is a teenage girl who works for her mom’s doll store. One day a rich and cute guy named Xander Spence comes over to their store to buy a doll for her grandma. Because he obviously has the air of wealth, Caymen sees him as just another one of those spoiled, rich kids who treat poor people differently. Which turns out wrong. As they begin to form friendship, Caymen slowly warms up to him and realizes that he’s completely different from what she expected to be like.
What I loved about this book was the humor. Nothing else. The rest was a let-down. First, I really thought Caymen was a likeable character but she’s not. She’s hilarious but her sarcasm and dry humor are a total turn-off. Aside from that, I was also a bit bothered by the way she perceives her family’s social and financial status. She keeps pointing out that they are poor but if we take a closer look, they’re actually average because they can pay the bills, they can eat three (or more times) a day, AND they even have a business for chrissake! In a way, it was so lame and pathetic to make it a big deal and to even view the rich people as haughty and superior.
My huge problem in this book was also the romantic aspect. I couldn’t find myself swooning over the characters. Their interactions seem pointless and insignificant. Also, while I loved Xander’s character, I find him unbeliveable. Seriously, he’s too rich to be true! And whoa, a guy who owns hundreds of hotels and who is often featured in gossip magazines would be interested with a plain girl? Isn’t it too cliche and Cinderella-ish? In my opinion.
So, yes. It didn’t work out for me. Maybe if I read this book years ago when I was still in my teenage years, I would’ve appreciated it, because why not? It’s cuteness overload! But then stories like these rarely amaze me these days, so yeah.
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