Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

The Distance Between Us

The English version of the k-drama ‘Boys Over Flowers’ is here!

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.

To put it bluntly? It wasn’t the best book I’ve read… but it wasn’t the worst. The Distance Between Us features a short, sweet love story between classes and that was it. It’s one of those books that won’t stick in your head for long.

Let’s start with the plot. Why can’t I ever find a decent plot? Technically, it’s poor girl meets rich boy, drama happens, they fall in love and become a couple. Sound cool enough right? Well, going slightly off topic,  I’m a big Korean drama fan and I wouldn’t be one if I didn’t know the hit drama ‘Boys Over Flowers’. For all you who don’t know this drama, let me summarise it. Poor girl meets rich boy, drama happens, they fall in love and become a couple. Sounds familiar? The plot wasn’t anything special to me. It felt like it started too quick and ended abruptly.

I really couldn’t stand the MC Caymen who seemed like a smartass and was so sarcastic I was like:  

Look, I can handle a bit of sarcasm. I’m a sarcasm person myself. But to see a book technically written in sarcasm is just horrible. Horrible.

The saving grace of this book was the other characters. Xander was just such an awesome guy with his support. Another character I really liked was Caymen’s newfound grandpa, who was technically adult Caymen with his sarcastic jokes. We only get to see him briefly at the end which I figure is good so I don’t get sick of him like I did with Caymen. Thank god this book was short. I don’t think I could handle much more of Caymen.

Rating: 2/5 bamboo sticks (Xander and Grandpa were cool enough to earn half the rating for this book)


Author: Prima

Still crazy obsessed with High School Musical and is still disappointed real life high school did not involved as much singing and dancing. Almost 18 but relates to 5 year olds. Super cynical about Disney movies and kdramas but still loves them. Blogs about books and feels.

6 thoughts on “Review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West”

  1. Quite sad you didn’t like this. 😦 I personally loved it! Maybe you’ll like Kasie West’s other books though. I’ve heard lots of praises about Pivot Point although I have yet to check it out still.


  2. Aww.. I liked this one! But… agree… not the best. I also agree that the sarcasm was a bit overdone. I’m all for funny comments here and there, but it was nonstop. I loved Xander… especially the whole ‘first sip of hot chocolate’ thing. ❤


  3. Sorry you didn’t like this one that much. But it’s still on my TBR list, because from what you said, Xander and the Grandpa do sound like great characters! 🙂 Great review!

    Alice @ Alice in Readerland


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