Review: The Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Review: The Distance From A to Z by Natalie BlittThe Distance From A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Published by Harper Collins January 12, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
Source: Copy for Honest Review
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This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

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.

Every so often I need to throw in a light, young adult read. A pallet cleanser, if you will.   A read to balance you out when you’re in an adult romance reading rut.  The Distance From A to Z served it’s purpose well.

Abby grew up in the baseball life.  Her family being huge Cubs fans, to the point of cancelling big life moments if there was a game on.  As Abby aged, she realized she didn’t want her life to be only baseball.  She wanted something else, something hers.  She started teaching herself French with the idea of applying to a Paris school for her Senior year of highschool.  This leads her to attending a Summer Instensive French study at a college and meeting Zeke. 

Zeke seems like a typical jock. Exactly what Abby doesn’t want in her life anymore.  However, his interest and knowledge of the French language has her intrigued.  Forced to be partners, Abby and Zeke form a connection. In French. 

When they venture outside of language studies though, the relationship isn’t quite the same.  Zeke is a different person in English. He’s secretive and stand offish.  Abby is also more defensive and guarded.  

I can see how some readers may not like Abby too much.  She was difficult at times.  She’s quite bitter and overly determined to distance herself from her families obsessions.  But, keeping in mind that she is only seventeen and trying to find herself, I gave her a pass. Mostly.

The Distance From A to Z was a cute idea.  At first, I didn’t really love how Abby’s mind threw in random French words.  However, as the story progressed and it took on more of two worlds/ two relationships – I actually began to enjoy it.  It was a first love, coming of age story…in French.

Overall, it was sweat story with just the right amount of cute to wash away all the heaviness of my regular reads.



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