The Distance Between Us by Kasie West
Published July 2nd 2013 by Harper Teen
Paperback, 320 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.
West has created down to earth, loveable characters which you can easily relate to. I had a smile on my face throughout the book and was laughing uncontrollably at some points. Caymen, oh how that girl made me laugh. Her sarcasm and wit was definitely the selling point of her character. We see her grow and mature as she experiences new things as the story goes on. She oversees her mum’s prejudices and learns that not everyone is the same, that not every rich person is going destroy her life for the excitement of hanging out with a “poor” person for a while. That brings me to Xander, the cocky rich boy with a heart stopping smile. Only he turns out to be completely different to what Caymen expects. As they grow closer over morning hot chocolates and “career days” we see them bring out the best in each other. I was rooting for them from the start and was happy with the outcome. It was a long time coming but it happened!