Monday, July 21, 2014

Mini book review: The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Welcome to another mini book reviews edition of my blog. For this section of my blog, I usually feature reviews of books that don’t really require them – books bought, books I’ve borrowed from friends and books I’ve taken out at the library.

Because they’re not must-review books, my format of these mini reviews differ in that I don’t work the summary into my review in my own words; instead, I feature the Goodreads summary, followed by a few thoughts on my reading experience.

In today’s mini reviews feature, I share my brief thoughts on The Distance Between Us by Kasie West.
 

About The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (HarperTeen)

Money can't buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted.

And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise.

Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich.

Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be 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 just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness 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.

With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

My thoughts:


What an unexpectedly charming and emotional read.

Don't let the cover fool you into thinking that this book is all fluff. Fluffy goodness there certainly is, but there's a surprising depth that explores what it means to live on the opposite side of the tracks in comparison to spending your days hosting charity functions within the halls of a mansion.

It's a book about how young adults are pressurised into being defined by how much they have or don't have.

It's a novel that explores the close bond between a mother and daughter; a relationship that's always been strong but threatens to unravel because of secrets and lies brimming beneath the surface.

Mostly it's about one sassy, prickly-peared, poor young heroine who wears her sarcasm like a fortress, and the sweet, but wealthy boy who gets under her skin in spite of herself.

There's certainly enough swoony and UST moments in this book, but the heart of this novel lies in the growth and development Caymen undergoes throughout the novel.

Throw in an awesome best-friend and a group of raggy-taggy rock-band friends and the result is a book that will hit your right in the feels.

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