Book Discussion: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.

How many contemporary books can be read by one person before it becomes too many contemporaries? Well, I guess it’s 4 for me. Yes, I’ve read 4 similar contemporaries. And now, it all looks the same to me. It’s time to move over to another genre. But first, let’s talk about this book!

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Because I’ve read all these stories back-to-back, I found a lot of similarities between this book and This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith. And it is very apparent. Both the books have a headstrong and intelligent girl who is not in a particularly good financial condition and a handsome, rich boy. But no, I am being extremely redundant about this. There is more to the story than just this. But while this book took a lighter approach to the situation, Jennifer E. Smith’s book took much darker turns. And generally I like darker stories, which may explain why I gave this book a lower rating. Don’t think that I didn’t like this book! I really did. But because I have seen another similar story that have been executed a little bit better, this book didn’t shine much in comparison. Now that I have go that out of the way, let’s see what I did like about this book.

I liked how sarcastic and witty Caymen was. Her constant banter with Xander was really entertaining. Okay, just for the record, I like Alex so much more than Xander. I mean, Xander? Really? Anyway, I found the chemistry between the two characters to be very believable and sweet. And I must admit that I found Xander to be extremely swoon-worthy many times. I really liked how their relationship progressed and I was able to take the Rapunzel-esque ending (Spoilers?). So basically, the book did provide me a sweet romance and I knew what I was signing up for when I started reading it. I just hope that I had read it a few months before or after this moment. But I did finish the book in a day. That speaks a lot for Kasie West’s addictive writing. Her books are great for getting out of reading slumps.

So, that’s all I have to say about The Distance Between Us. I recommend it to get out of reading slumps but I DON’T recommend anyone reading this after This Is What Happy Looks Like. Anyway, have you read this book? Did you like it or did you feel like I did? Please tell me in the comments. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then.

Fin!

My Rating- 3.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 3/5.

-Sanchita.

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