In Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Posted April 12, 2015 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 3 Comments

In Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestThe Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 6 hours and 42 minutes
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
How I got it: I bought it!
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My rating:

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence--he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know that 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 just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness 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. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?


in review my thoughts

Even a couple chapters into this book, I knew I was really going to enjoy it and I had to ask myself why in the world I waited so long to start it. I’m so glad my friend Jessica read it recently and reviewed it, because it reminded me how much I’d wanted to read it back before it was released last fall. I was in a bit of a slump, so I decided to buy the audiobook and start it at work. I’m so glad I did!

I found Caymen both likable and relatable. I loved her dry sense of humor and sarcasm. She took on more responsibility than she probably should’ve had to at her age, but I didn’t see that as a flaw. I know she was trying to do what was best for her mom and their doll shop, but I still wish she had been maybe just a little more selfish in going after what she wanted instead of putting herself behind the store’s needs. Her relationship with her mom might not have been perfect, but I thought it was pretty believable. It was obvious how much her mom’s opinion of rich people affected Caymen’s own views in how fervently she fought against liking Xander. I’m also glad that was a battle she lost. Because really, I adored Xander.

At my age I probably shouldn’t be talking about the swoony factor of a teenage boy in a book, but I’m going to do it anyhow. I loved Xander from the beginning. I enjoyed his sense of humor and the banter between him and Caymen. He too was struggling to find his place in the world – and decide what the future held for him – so they connected pretty easily over that. Xander might have been from an incredibly wealthy family but he wasn’t the kind of rich person Caymen’s mom had warned her about. (Warnings which become rather ironic late in the book, but you’ll have to read about that yourself.) Xander was pretty damn close to perfect, even if I spent a couple chapters wondering otherwise.

I really enjoyed this story. There were some twists that took me a bit by surprise, but it wasn’t too overly-dramatic or angsty. I loved Caymen and Xander together. Despite a small love triangle, it was always clear to me who belonged with whom. I swooning over the innocence of first love and Kasie West writes it so very well.

I started reading this in audiobook format and read about 2/3 of the book this way before switching to Kindle because I couldn’t wait for a good opportunity to listen to the audiobook. I had to find out what happened! I really liked the narrator of this book. I thought Jorjeana Marie did a great job of voicing Caymen, Xander and the rest of the crew. It was easy to imagine that I was listening to Caymen speak.

Kasie West is two for two with contemporary books as far as I’m concerned. Of course, I’m already anxiously awaiting The Fill-In Boyfriend, but as much as I’ve enjoyed her contemporary stories, I’m considering taking a chance on her Pivot Point fantasy series.


About Kasie West

A stay-at-home mom of four children, three of them girls, ranging in age from twelve to four, Kasie West hears lots of melodramatic versions of large-than-life events. She graduated with a BA in liberal studies, with a strong focus on linguistics and psychology, from Fresno State University. She lives in Fresno, CA.


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3 responses to “In Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

  1. Ha, I know what you mean about talking about “swoony” teenage characters. Almost all of my “book boyfriend” are from YA and I’m close to twice their age.
    I really enjoy Kasie West. I liked her Pivot Point series a lot, too.

  2. Oh yay! I’m so glad you liked this one girl! It was definitely a cute read and I can’t believe I never found the time to read it until recently! I’m with you. I’m 30 and swooning over 16 and 17 year olds does seem a bit odd, especially given my profession! (Rest assured I do NOT swoon over my students. There is a reason these are fictitious books by women authors. LOL) I loved Caymen’s sarcasm! She cracked me up, especially since I’m really sarcastic too. I’ve heard great things about Kasie’s Pivot Point! I own it and want to read it… at some point!

  3. “At my age I probably shouldn’t be talking about the swoony factor of a teenage boy in a book, but I’m going to do it anyhow.” I kind of LOL at this! (actually why i don’t do the book boyfriend THING)


    This is one book by Kasie that I have not read yet (for no reason, really) but I am glad to see that you loved it 🙂