Title: The Distance Between Us
Author: Kasie West
Publisher: Harper Teen
Stars: 5 of 5
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 moving story about the blurred lines of the rich and the poor, and how relationship can be based off of assumptions others have. Caymen was raised by her single mother Susan, and the two live over the doll shop they own. Susan has told Caymen that her parent’s disowned her after she became pregnant and that Caymen’s father is not in the picture.
Caymen’s mother raised her to have negative thoughts towards those more fortunate than them. She has shown Caymen time and again her dislike of those with money, without really giving her a reason why. Caymen’s feelings are proven on this fact when rich boy Xander Spence walks into the doll shop while on the phone and beckons Caymen over to him for assistance.
This turns out to be the start of the relationship, especially after Caymen finds out that Xander is really Alex, the grandson of one of the stores best customers. This leads them to starting what they call career days, where they try and find jobs that the other would like to do, once they bond over the fact that Xander doesn’t want his family business, nor does Caymen want hers.
Through in a best friend, best friend’s boyfriend and his band mates and some jealousy ensues, both on Xander’s side and Caymen’s.
The biggest misunderstanding comes from the night of the Gala that Caymen accompanies Xander to, where we find out that Xander thought Caymen had money, just didn’t live as such, and Caymen finds her grandparents. This causes angst between Caymen and Xander as well as Caymen and her mother, who we find out, is sick. But we do get a little bit of resolution on the grandparents front when they come to the hospital to visit their sick daughter.
And yes there was as much of HEA for Xander and Caymen as there could be.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who wants a love story that doesn’t revolve around the main characters falling in love in the first chapter, being torn apart for half the book then thrown back together. The progression of their relationship was well timed in my opinion…but hey that’s just my opinion.