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A Long Way from You

(Where I Belong #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  502 ratings  ·  87 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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by HarperTeen (first published June 1st 2012)
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Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, young-adult, series
Rather Be Reading YA

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
Hana Bilqisthi
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with low expectation but inside Kitsy's head is really enjoyable.
Her worries, dreams, and aspiration are really relatable and I learn so much from her story.
About staying true to yourself ✨

My fav quotes:
Photography make us see the beauty in ordinary

“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.

You are right about guy thing but it did not end up being a waste time for me.
Felicia Chien
Jun 25, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
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
Katie - The Literary Files
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
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A "Long Way From You" is a heartwarming realistic fiction about a girl named Kitsy Kidd who goes to NYC for art school when Kitsy’s old friend Corinne volunteered to sponsor her. While in New York, she tries to hold on to who she was in her small town of Broken Spoke Texas, while changing to fit with her new friends. She also has to deal with her alcoholic mother, absent father, and a little brother she feels guilty about leaving. This book is about coming to terms with who you are and what it m ...more
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.

Review of A Long Way From You!
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rachel Brand
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jul 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
I could not get passed the second chapter. I tried. But between her inability to understand why people could like non-coke products (which other people call "soda" HUH??) and her confusion at why the oxygen masks on airplanes have to be applied to yourself first, I just couldn't do it.
Sajaina Santiago
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Believe in yourself. You don’t need to change to shine.
Gabbie (Rampant Readers)
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-arcs
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
*3.5 STARS

(Review originally posted here at Fictionally Inclined.)

I was very excited to read A Long Way from You after reading Heasley's debut and this book's companion novel, Where I Belong . Kitsy was my favorite character in that book, so I could not wait to hear her story! A Long Way from You was a very good book that I definitely enjoyed reading.

One of the best things about A Long Way from You was the emphasis on family. Kitsy loved her little brother, Kiki, fiercely, and it showed. The re
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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'
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, young-adult
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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 t
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kathy Martin
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Posted at Oh My Books!

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
Melanie Gin
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: disappointing
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
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Definitely a YA book in both its characters, its intended audiences, and its superficial treating of some life changes, so I'm not sure I would recommend it to adults (as in, it might not be a crossover book in the way that, say, the Hunger Games can be), but I'd definitely give it to a preteen or teenage girl as a gift. It was a light easy read for an adult, entertaining enough, and I was interested to see the treatment of a small-town girl in NYC as a teenager, including the greater freedoms t ...more
Madigan Mirza
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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any one know were to get description of book? 2 9 May 07, 2012 09:26AM  
  • Just Flirt
  • None of the Regular Rules
  • Radiate
  • The Summer of No Regrets
  • The Space Between Us
  • While He Was Away
  • Shackled
  • 7 Clues to Winning You
  • Come See About Me
  • Forget Me Not
  • Wanted
  • Never Let You Go
  • Wicked Sweet
  • Blue Sky Days
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  • Degrees of Wrong
  • Intentions
  • What Remains

Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. He

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