Published by HarperTeen on 2 July 2013
Source: Purchased Physical Copy
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.
The Distance Between Us is a super cute romance that I found charming and hard to put down. I loved Caymen and Xander’s witty banter and enjoyed watching their relationship develop. Their biggest issue is that they come from different economic backgrounds. Money shouldn’t be an issue, but it is. I thought West handled the topic thoughtfully and that Caymen’s reaction to Xander’s wealth is realistic.
Caymen’s obsession with money comes partly from the fact that she and her mom have none. Her mom owns a (creepy) doll store that is failing. They are living above the shop and receiving final notices on just about every bill they have. However, most of the problems that arise between Cayman and Xander do so because Cayman has been raised to hate and resent rich people. Cayman’s issues with her mother are as much a part of this book as the romance, but I didn’t feel that they were resolved as much as I wanted them to be. My biggest issue is that there are some big revelations at the end that lead to a hasty resolution. I would have liked some time to process it all.
I know this is a standalone. I know we complain all the time about there being too many series. I know that Kasie West has another standalone romance coming out in 2014. But I want more. There are a lot of issues left unresolved in The Distance Between Us and I want to see them worked out. Plus my life has a noticeable shortage of pre-sipped beverages.
Moments I Loved: The moment pre-sipped beverages became their thing.
WTF Moments: All the times Caymen’s mom tried to manipulate her away from liking Xander.
Overall: I love this book so much that I want a sequel.
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