REVIEW: The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

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The Distance from A to Z

Natalie Blitt

January 12th 2016

Young Adult > Contemporary

316 pages (Kindle edition)

 

3★★★1/2

 

BLURB FROM GOODREADS:

Seventeen-year old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk.

 

REVIEW:

 

I’m not in love with this book as much as everyone else seems to be but it’s still good nonetheless.

The MC, Abby, is a bit judgmental so I had a hard time liking her. There were times when I thought I finally liked her and then she would go back to being annoying so of course we’re back to square one. Also, I’m glad that her aversion to baseball was addressed because it really grated on my nerves and part of me actually thought she was overreacting about it.

The love interest, Zeke, wasn’t as swoon worthy as I hoped he would be. I don’t know. Maybe because like Abby, I had a hard time liking him too? He was okay at first but then he kept some things that bothered me as much as Abby did but for a whole lot of different reasons. It was because it’s like I never saw the real him. The whole book is on Abby’s POV so it was harder for me to connect with him, I guess. He has these two separate versions of himself–Zeke in English and Zeke in French. The Zeke in English who parties and hooks up with other girls and has all these secrets as opposed to Zeke in French who’s just so utterly adorable and nice. It made me really wonder how Abby and Zeke could ever work out once their summer program is over but maybe it’s just the cynic in me talking.

I do love how amazing the friendship is here though. I just wanted to scream ‘forget the romance, here is a friendship I’ve been dying to read and have for myself in ages!’ Alice wasn’t treated as a mere plot device but her friendship with Abby played a big role in Abby’s growth as much as Alice’s. It’s real and it’s strong and I want it for myself. It’s one of my favorite things about this whole book actually. Along with the French language and how it was incorporated in the story. I took a French class sophomore year and needless to say, I learned more here than I ever did in that class.

Overall, The Distance from A to Z is a nice and heartwarming book that’s not all about the romance but also about friendship, growth and taking chances.

MARLAhbt

4 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

  1. I FELT THE COMPLETE SAME ABOUT THIS BOOK!!!
    Abby was definitely really hard to read about – the judgement was definitely a huge factor. For me, even though she started dating zeke, at the end it seemed like she wanted to push him away?? and idk that made me kinda annoyed at her.
    I completely agree with doubting they’d ever make it past the summer ! :/
    I actually liked Zeke a lot more once we found out more about him towards the end – he just became a more interesting character to me!
    I thought the friendship between Alice and Abby was a bit unrealistic – but i loved how it wasn’t a plot device, and how they grew together 🙂
    Great review!! 🙂
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  2. i GOT THIS A WHILE BACK AND HAVEN’T READ IT YET, AND WHILE i’VE SEEN MOSTLY GOOD REVIEWS FOR IT, I’VE ALSO SEEN A FEW NOT-SO-GOOD ONES. YOUR REVIEW WAS REALLY WELL WRITTEN, AND i HAVE TO SAY – i AGREE A LOT ON THE FRIENDSHIP FACTOR. So many of these amazing books are written and focused on love instead of friendship…and while that isn’t always a bad thing, sometimes it gets a little old.
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    1. Yeahh so many books focus on the romance when it’s the friendships that matter the most. It just makes me really happy especially when a solid and genuine friendship is in a book. It almost always makes me want to rate a book instant five stars. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the case here.

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