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A Long Way from You (Where I Belong)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  409 ratings  ·  78 reviews
For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne's family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.

Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers—namely, the Art Boy who
ebook, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by HarperCollins (first published June 1st 2012)
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Kitsy Kidd is adorable! Throughout the book I pictured her as a young Reese Witherspoon (from Sweet Home Alabama) with a cute Texas accent and fun style. Normally when I read Young Adult Contemporary books I look for a bit of romance, but in A Long Way from You Kitsy was all I needed; there are guys and plenty of sweet moments but Kitsy is definitely the star. Gwendolyn Heasley does a fantastic job creating a character that defies the rules of Upper East Side popularity and still comes up on top ...more
What drew me to this book was the advertisement that popped up on my goodreads,lol. There is something about this cover that just drew me in it is so real life, not staged (not that I don't like the beautifully staged ones too). You can feel the chemistry between these two models, and it worked, along with the synopsis on the back I had to have it. It just looked like a cute summer read. This is the companion story of Kitsy Kidd, Corrine's friend from Where I Belong. I had not read the first sto ...more
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I want Kitsy Kidd to be my best friend! Seriously, she's adorable. She's outgoing and friendly, and she talks to so many strangers in New York City that I kept waiting for something bad to happen to her, like someone stealing her purse or kidnapping her and selling her into sex slavery. She does take the wrong subway train, once, and ends up in New Jersey.

This is a companion book to Where I Belong. At first I was a little disappointed that Corrine, the main character from Whe
Felicia Chien
Book: A Long Way From You by Gwendolyn Heasley
Pages: 314
Genre: Young Adult, Romance
Source: Sent from Harper Teen

Short Synopsis: Kitsy receives a chance of a lifetime of attending an art school in New York. Kitsy is flown from Texas, the only place she's ever known, to the place of her dreams, to do what she loves to do.

My Thoughts: An interesting story about finding yourself, and realizing what you are finally meant to do.

All Kitsy has ever known is her life in Broken Spone, Texas. Every thing i
Katie Marie
The first thing that grabbed me about A Long Way from You was the killer summary. I loved that the main character, Kitsy Kidd, was from small town Broken Spoke and heads to the busy New York City to take a summer art class. I could easily connect with Kitsy because I'm from a tiny town and haven't really been exposed to any big cities, so Kitsy's reactions to NYC felt really honest and like how I'd react if I were in that situation.

I also adored all of the art in this book! Heasley gave us an aw
A Long Way From You was an impulse library ebook decision I made when I was bored and looking for a nice simple young-adult romance to read. Something simple and easy, not a lot of fighting off demons or time travel or any of that kind of thing, just a laid book about a boy and a girl. It never does work that way, does it?

That is not to say that A Long Way From You wasn’t a simple easy-going book, because for sure – it was. However, the romance was minimal (which is surprising considering the ti
Jess (Gone with the Words)
Read this review on my blog! --> A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley

So I may have fawned a little over Kitsy in my review of Where I Belong. She is just such a genuine, likeable character. She’s sweet and kind and embracing. I just adore her. And for those reasons and the promise of this mysterious “Art Boy,” I was completely excited to have her as the main character in A Long Way from You. We needed to get her out of The Spoke!

Kitsy meets a few people during her time in New York that re
Wow! I loved this book so much! When I sat down to read it, I expected that, judging from the title and cover, this would be a cute romantic story. And while this book has some romance in it, there's more to the story than that. It's about a girl finding her way and deciding her future. I loved this aspect to the book. I also love the decision Kitsy made regarding the two guys in her life. I thought it made the ending a lot more realistic. She was a wonderful character to connect with and I love ...more
Jen Ryland
A really fun read! One of my absolute favorite characters in Where I Belong was chatterbox cheerleader and closet art aficionado Kitsy Kidd. In A Long Way From You, Kitsy gets her own story. She's accepted to a prestigious summer art program in New York City and, you guessed it, in this book, a simple country girl tackles life in the big city.

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I really enjoyed this book. I absolutely loved the story line and Kitsy Kidd the main character. Actually I really loved all of the characters except for maybe a few, but that's besides the point. Being from a small town, moving to an even bigger town and then coming back to my small town has been my life these days. I can really relate to Kitsy in some ways, because of her pull towards New York and just wanting to pursue her dream. I have quite the same mindset.

Another thing I also loved abo
Bella Ann
Wow, Just wow. i liked this book so much. I would not say i was in love with it .. but i really enjoyed it. The only reason i gave it 4 out of 5 stars is because there was a lot going on and it was kind of difficult to keep up with.
A long way From you is the companion novel to Where i belong. this book is about a girl named Kitsy and she has a dream of becoming an artist. So when her best friend's family offers to fly her out to art school in the Big Apple. Kitsy hops a plane up to New york.
This book proves that you don't always have to go far from home to make your dreams come true. Just by being yourself you can go many places. No matter where you live (in New York, or texas) you can be loved and inspired to do what you dream of.
I did like book. But I am going to be honest and say that I was reading it to hopefully get a better glimpse into Bubby and Corrines relationship. And since this book was not based on them I was a little dissapointed. Just like the first book Where I Belong, A Long Way From You is not centered around a romance but is instead based on the heroine learning who she is and where her place is in the world. So in that sense it was happy and optimistic. But in terms of Kitsy and her boyfriend's relatio ...more
Melanie Gin
Let me start off by stating that I didn't like Kitsy in Where I Belong. I found her quite annoying, but still kind of tolerating.
With that said you're probably wondering why the heck I wanted to read this book. Well let me tell you that I seriously do not know. I guess because it got a lot of praise and because I thought maybe I'd like her after reading this.
And I can tell y'all that I liked her in the second half of the book, because of *sing song voice* character development!

The first half was
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It has been a while since I read contemporary young adult novel, but I really enjoyed A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley.

Kitsy Kidd is a Texan girl who lives with her mother and her little brother Kiki. She's captain of the cheerleaders and has been dating the quarterback since sixth grade. She's very sweet, mature and likes art, so when she has the opportunity to spend one month in New York city and attend summer classes at Parsons, she can't miss it.

Kitsy was a grea
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
I won a copy from Good Reads.

Kitsy Kidd loves art, and is thrilled when she gets accepted into a summer program at Parsons in New York. This will be one of the first times she’s doing something for herself. She’s always taking care of her little brother, Kiki, and her mother, Amber.

The program will give her the chance to really explore her love of art. She’s going to stay with her best-friend, Corinne, and Corinne’s family, who is paying for her tuition and plane ride. Corrine won’t be staying
Even though this is a companion novel and it's not necessary to read Where I Belong first, I am glad I did because it made for an overall better reading experience. I had enjoyed Kitsy's character even more than Corrinne and this gave me some background knowledge before I dove into the pages of A Long Way from You.

Due to the fact that I think Kitsy has had a more difficult life makes her more mature than Corrinne, and is probably why I liked her story of coming into her own better than Corrinne'
Madigan McGillicuddy
A companion novel to Where I Belong, A Long Way from You deals with many coming of age themes. 17 year old Kitsy Kidd is a talented art student from the tiny town of Broken Spoke, Texas who is off to a summer of big excitement in New York City at Parsons School of Design. It's a summer of firsts for Kitsy - first trip on an airplane, first ride on the subway or as she calls it "the underground train thing," first ever trip to an art museum, and first temptation away from her football star boyfri ...more
3.5 stars

A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley was an all around cute contemporary read. I was excited to see some of the characters back from Where I Belong as A Long Way from You follows Kitsy's adventures through New York City.

I love Kitsy - she is just so spunky and fun and really, a character I see a bit of myself in. I also love the opportunities she is handed and everything she experiences! How cool! Iona was a character who really grew on me as the book went on - I absolutely loved he
Gorgeous shorter novel for the YA set.

Heasley blends the right amount of Southern cutesy charm and veiled wisdom for those seeking a bigger, brighter life. Whilst it takes protag Kitsy Kidd (yes, that's her name. No, this reviewer never quite got used to it either) three-quarters of the novel to realize her life back in Broken Spoke, Texas, is better than the glitz and glamor of New York City, the rest of the narrative is layered with back home drama of the familial kind.

Along the way, Kitsy doe
A Long Way from You is the companion novel to Heasley's Where I Belong. Since the novels are companions, not a series, it is not necessary to read the first before diving into this one.

Kitsy has always dreamed of escaping her small Texan town and going to New York to find herself. When the opportunity arises to study art at a prestigious school over the summer, Kitsy has to go. See loves the experience of the city: seeing the sites and finding herself in her art. However, she soon discovers th
Kitsy is an aspiring artist from a small town in Texas, headed to New York City for the summer for an art program. She's never been out of Texas before, but she's excited to take in all the art there and spend a summer away from her less-than-stellar mom. Her small town ways leave her a little out of touch with others around her but also endear her to them, and as she takes in all that New York City has to offer, she's determined to not lose herself in the process.

This is definitely a book for a
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
I really loved Corrinne in Where I Belong (though there is quite a bit of language in that one). Kitsy was okay, but funny at times, so I was curious to see how she would be with her own book. (I know - I'm talking like she's really a person even though she is completely fictional.)

Kitsy has never been outside of Texas, and really never outside of her little, one-stoplight town. She has a chance to go to New York to stay with Corrinne's family and take a prestigious summer art class. So, she tak
Review originally posted on my blog

Okay, so I have to admit – while Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley was a fun book, it also kind of drove me nuts. Corrinne was one of the most obnoxious characters I’ve ever read – and she was supposed to be. But Kitsy, one of the characters in Where I Belong, was adorable and admirable and so much fun, so I definitely had to pick up A Long Way from You because it’s her story.

Oh man, and I loved Kitsy’s story. Sure, Co
Alice Of Wonderland

You know that feeling of clicking when you read a good book? Like that feeling, that good connection with City of Bones. Or the click with Harry Potter. Or Shatter Me/Legend/Vampire Academy.

I didn't feel it when I read A Long Way From You. Instead, I felt endlessly disappointed with the writing, the plot, the everything in A Long Way From You. I wasted precious days reading this book. If I had a time machine, I will...

Do something horrible to my younger self/rip the book/or something like that

Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Favorite Quote(s):
“'There’s nothing like Broken Spoke either, Kitsy. Just because you’re from a small town doesn’t mean that you’re small. Don’t ever think anyone’s more important than you are or has more valid experiences.’”
Favorite Character: Kitsy.
First Line:
“I remember where I was when I leaned about Santa Claus: in my parents’ closet.”
My Musings: A Long Way From You has been sitting on my shelves for a few months now. The reason I wanted to read it was its cover, in addition to the fact tha
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

Some of my favorite times in college were taking out-of-towners to NYC for the first time and seeing their eyes just bulge out of their head because 1) they had always dreamed of this moment and 2) it’s always bigger, crazier, louder than it seems on TV and in the movies. NYC is fabulous and even after spending years in close proximity to the Big Apple, I still get a huge kick out of reading books set in my city. It’s like discovering it all ove
This was a refreshing YA adult book; it was a contemporary coming of age story. Even though there are no paranormal beings or corrupt governments to overthrow Kitsy"s story is engaging. After going to New York to attend an art program, Kitsy has new experiences that helps her to gain insight to the life she wants and the person she wants to be. I felt like Kitsy's personal cheerleader during the entire story. Gwendolyn Heasley created fun, lovable, quirky, and maybe a little edgy secondary chara ...more
Kathy Martin
I don't read many young adult contemporaries but, if this is what is out there, I really need to start. A LONG WAY FROM YOU was a story with heart and has a main character I fell in love with. Kitsy Kidd is from a small town in Texas. Her mom smokes and drinks too much and leaves the responsibility for her little brother Kiki to Kitsy. She has long been the parent in their relationship. She is also captain of the cheerleading team and the girlfriend of the quarterback. They have have been dating ...more
Rachel Brand

PROS: Good character development; “fish out of water” coming of age story; total escapism

CONS: Open ending might disappoint some readers; not quite as compelling as her first novel

Kitsy Kidd has never been on a plane and doesn’t own a passport, but she’s spending this summer in New York City, attending a program at a prestigious art school. She’s always dreamed of becoming an artist, but the clos
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