The Distance from A to Z Book Review

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Publisher: HarperCollins

Published: January 12th, 2016

Pages: 352


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.

My Thoughts:

This book has such a great premise that just sounds fun and entertaining, which is why I decided to pick it up. The story does start off well, but I just found way too many flaws with it. First off, I did not like the main character. The main reason why is that she judged people quickly and harshly over the stupidest things. Also, the relationships between the characters were just odd. Some of the relationships formed too quickly and strongly to be realistic, while others had crazy ups and downs that also did not make any sense. I was also very confused the whole time since there were so many plot holes in the story and questions that just never got answered. Even the writing style seemed very immature to me and was not enjoyable.

Although these things did bother me, there were a few things about the book that I did like. I really loved the whole french speaking aspect of the book, and I also did like some of the side characters. These are the two things that made me finish reading the book, but just over all I did not enjoy this read and would not recommend it.


1 Star / 5 Stars


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