Review ~ The Distance Between Us by Katie West
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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this book very much. I loved the Heroine and that is a rarity for me. It takes a certain personality to have me on board 100%, but Caymen is witty, mature, responsible, realistic, and sarcastic as all get out. She’s a typical seventeen year old, and female, and doesn’t quite know how to just go for what she wants. She’s also stuck in a rut, yeah already, with trying to help her mother with the family business by taking on a ton of responsibility. She thinks about putting her life on hold after she graduates high school.
Then she meets Xander or Alex or Alexander, doesn’t matter what you call him, he’s sexy as all get out! He is genuinely sweet, like observant and just caring sweet. He is definitely swoon worthy. *sigh* However, during the whole story, I kept picturing him older than the seventeen year old he is. I personally think he was portrayed much too mature and old for his age group, regardless of his wealth and status, he just seemed too old. But don’t get me wrong, it did not take away from his character.
So, Caymen meets Xander and loves that she can actually make his “beckoning-stuck up-rich-self” smile. She really opens up a new side of him. A more responsible and looser side. He’s not so uptight. 🙂 But he is just plain adorable. Well, so they have this relationship that doesn’t seem to bother Xander but Caymen can’t get over the fact that she’s from the wrong side of the tracks.
I’ll say the only complaint I have about this book is the ending. To me, it was too abrupt and sort of left me hanging. Everything seemed resolved, but I think an epilogue would have made this story complete. So for that I took off 1 star!
Will love conquer all? You’ll just have to read to find out.
I recommend this for anyone that loves great humor, an amazing story, a wonderful Hero, and a kick ass Heroine.