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Across the Distance

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  616 ratings  ·  77 reviews
There’s a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I’ll never forget.

I’d give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that’s not me. And hasn’t been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though
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Published May 5th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jillian parents died when she was 6. Jillian and her sister had to move in with her grandparents. Next door lived Griffin who immediately became her protector. As years go by, they become better friends. Before Jillian goes away to college and Griffin leaves to pursue a career in a band, Jillian takes a chance and kisses him only to have him push her away. Jillian knows that there will be nothing between them, but they still continue to be somewhat of friends through Facetime and texting. Jillia ...more
Meredith Tate
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read this book early, and I'm so glad I did! I enjoyed diving into Jill and Griffin's lives.

I'll start by saying that I was hesitant when I heard that the 9/11 attacks were going to be part of this story, because I was worried it would be a tragic book (which I usually avoid), and leave me feeling sad. However, Meyer handles the topic very well and carefully weaves it into the characters' backstory, without making it into an issue book. It's a very moving and uplifting sto
Beyond the Pages
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Across the Distance was a YA that delicately crossed over into a NA. I loved it! Normally, I would write a book about a review, but in this case, I will simply say that this story was perfectly perfect. Jillian and Griffin were a sensational couple.

Rating: 5/5
Recommend: Yes
Audience: NA
Status: M
Chemistry/Intensity: Yes
Conflict/Drama: Yes
Family Dysfunction: Yes
HEA: Yes
Three Chicks
May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

Review by Jen Hagen
Jillian is leaving for college. She has been looking forward to this day for a long time to get out from under her older sister’s foul attitude and continual blame towards Jillian. Their parents died 12 years ago when Jillian was 6, and Jillian’s sister has never been able to move past the blame-game. When their parents died, the sisters moved in with their grandparents. Griffin was the neighbor boy who immediately took the role of protector towards Jillian. Griffin a
Hannah Smith
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed Across the Distance this was my first experience with Marie Meyer's work and I had no trouble finding myself immersed into the story. Most new adult romances alternate chapters between the point of view of the two protagonists, Across the Distance differed from this and focused purely on Jillian's point of view which was nice as the second book is focused on Griffin's point of view.

The context of the story is what drew me into trying the book, I am a huge sucker for bestfriends
Anne OK
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
A new-to-me-author with a childhood friends to lovers forever after love story. I truly enjoyed this book which was well-written with a couple paired to steal your heart, and all the feel-goods any contemporary romance reader would demand. Jillian and Griffin's relationship was the kind that makes your heart go all "ahhhh" and you just can't keep from smiling and cheering for their happiness. Of course, there has to be some ups and down and angst, too -- but the relationship is at the center ful ...more
Kate Mary
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Across the Distance deals with a day that is emotional and tragic for most Americans, but especially for our main character, Jillian. On that day, she lost her parents and she has spent the last thirteen years blaming herself for what happened. She's punished herself in the worst way possible, but through it all she had her best friend Griffin at her side. He was there when she needed someone to lean on, and there to stick up for Jillian when she was too weak to stick up for herself. But when Ji ...more
FMR Book Grind
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

Across The Distance by Marie Meyer is a sweet story of friends to lovers. Two characters who share a wonderful connection and the friendship they have is tested by distance.

Jillian has been dealt a pretty tough hand in her young life. Facing the devastation every day of her parents deaths, to growing up under the care of her grandparents and then the older she gets, living with her cold hearted sister, who ultimately blames Jillian for the cause of their parents death. Jillia
Ara Grigorian
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Some Scars Never Heal…But They Can Be Soothed

I read this book in one sitting.

Is it the smooth writing that did it for me? Maybe. Maybe it's the way the characters interact and talk — their natural chemistry? Possibly. Is it because it’s fundamentally a story of second chances? That’s definitely there. What about the fact that it’s about two best friends, who are so good together, to each other, and for each other that yo
Amanda Heger
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, and Jillian and Griffin's story did not disappoint. I love that Marie Meyer gave us a "good guy" rock star hero and a heroine with her own wants and interests. Issues of mental health were handled with care and grounded in reality.

Overall, a sweet love story with just enough heat. Can't wait to read book two and see how the story unfolds from Griffin's point of view.

*I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. H
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
I love, love, LOVED this book!!! Griffin is now my top book boyfriend!! Jillian's story broke my heart at times but I loved that Griffin was there to catch her every time and pickup the pieces. I'm telling you....he is awesome!!! I can't believe her sister!!! There is just no words....The twins...I loved them!! Griffs family was awesome and I loved Sarah and Chandra!! I loved that this book wasn't full of a bunch of drama as well. I was worried at the end but it was perfect. I didn't even want i ...more
Abby O’Shea
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
4.5 STARS!!

I loved this story!! I do feel it could have used a bit more drama, as the story was sweet with a touch of sadness. I absolutely adored the characters, and I really enjoyed the author's writing. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I definitely recommend it to anyone that's a fan of NA romance!!
This debut offering from Marie Meyer is surprisingly well-crafted with solid voices, issues and a nice balance that displays some angst without huge dollops of drama. Across the Distance is about surviving loss and change only to realize that sometimes the friend who was there in the hard times is JUST what you need for now.

Jillian and Griffin have been friends for years: snippets of their lives as children are sprinkled through the story. Now, Jill is away at university and Griff’s band is fin
Laura Salters
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to have your heart broken? Do you want to fall head over heels for a super hot love interest? Do you want to ship a couple so hard you feel like you might explode if they don't get together? Then you HAVE to read ACROSS THE DISTANCE.

It was the kind of book I was devastated to finish because I was going to miss the characters so much. Jillian has gone through hell in her young life—losing her parents on 9/11 and forever blaming herself—and she has the scars to prove it. Rock god Griff
Annika Sharma
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The concept of falling for your best friend is age-old but Marie writes it in a fresh way. Griffin and Jillian have been best friends since they were children, since Jillian lost her parents and moved in to her grandparents' house next door. Now, as Jillian goes to college (with a number of heartbreaking issues), Griffin is her rock...except now he's far away in Illinois while she's in Rhode Island and somehow the gap between them seems wider than ever.

I LOVED how Marie wove flashbacks into the
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put it down once I began! Jillian and Griffin are so naturally in love with one another and I loved that! The two have grown up together with Griffin as her best friend and protector. The path to becoming a couple is less than easy when Jillian doesn't want to lose Griffin by pushing something other than friendship and Griffin trying to sort out how to convey his feelings appropriately to Jillian.

I loved watching Jillian begin to shape herself and grow. She made friends while away at
Kate H
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait to read the next book in this series which will be from Griffin's perspective. I loved Griffin and want one of him for my very own. It has been awhile since I've read a friends to lovers book and I forgot how much I enjoyed them in general and this one in particular. The 9/11 part of the story while important did not make for an overly grim story as it sometimes can. Jill as an excellent protagonist and whilst I could never warm up to her sister Jenni ...more
Marty Mayberry
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then (too rarely, I might add), you come across a story that grabs hold of you from page one and doesn't let go until you reach the end laughing and crying, all at the same time. ACROSS THE DISTANCE is one of those rare gems. Thanks, Marie. ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was sweet, but (extremely) dumb. The writing was simplistic and juvenile. I likely will not read another book by this author.

However, I did enjoy the "positive female friendships."
May 05, 2015 marked it as didn-t-finish
Shelves: read-2015, review
DNF @ 45%
Jim Lotz
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Not usually the type of book I read, but I really enjoyed this. I loved how the hero had a Triumph motorcycle, that was cool! Can't wait for the next one! ...more
Glady Oestreich
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun, steamy romance! I really enjoyed it!
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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A cute best friend romance that covered come tender issues. While I enjoyed this story it was very forgettable and had a few things that I found frustrating at times!

Opening Sentence: The tape screeched when I pulled it over the top of another box.

The Review:

Jill has spent most of her life wishing for things to be different. Her parents died in the Twin Towers when she was only a little girl and it has been hard for Jill to move on from that. Sh
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

I went into Across the Distance by Marie Meyer almost blind. I knew it was a friends to lovers romance, but I didn't know much more than that. I found myself sucked right into the story and read it in one sitting. I enjoyed this story a lot, and I loved the relationship between Griffin and Jillian. I will definitely be looking for more from Marie Meyer in the future.

Jillian has been friends with Griffin since they were kids. Over the years he
Lady Lioness
The fact that I haven't written a review yet for Across the Distance when it's been released in TWO DAYS should give you an idea of how crazy my life has been over the last year.

So, back in 2013, I agreed to be a mentor in a contest, called Pitch Wars, that the fabulous Brenda Drake hosts every year. The premise behind Pitch Wars is that authors submit unagented and unpublished works for a chance to work with a mentor who is usually an agented and/or published author or someone connected to the
Stacy Sabala
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, romance
Book Review- Across the Distance by Marie Meyer

Jillian is going to design school in Rhode Island. She can’t wait to move away from her sister, but she will be leaving Griffin, her best friend, behind. She doesn’t know what she will do without him. She lost her parents on September 11 and Griffin has been with her since she moved in with her grandparents.
She is now feeling overwhelmed with school. She feels like she can’t measure up and she is missing Griffin. His band is doing well and he isn’t
Melinda Ives
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a real story, too real to be fictional story.

Jillian had suffered so much heartache in her life. The lose of both her parents dieting in the collapse of the world trade center blowing up. Jillian feels it was her flat, and her sister blames her too.
They were raised by there grandparents in St Louis, Illinois. The only positive an saving grace comes from by way of her grandparents next door neighbor Griffin.
Three all the pain and darkness shrouding Jillian, she finds relief and adrenalin h
Sophia Henry
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, 2015
I read this book in one night. All of it. In one sitting - or lying - since I was in bed. You may need tissues if you read it. I did, because the issues hit so close to home. SO close to home.

Marie Meyer has the ability to eloquently and masterfully write about characters who have lived through a horrific tragedy and writes their story so emotionally intense and real, while still telling a gorgeous story of love and trust and compassion. Her writing and descriptions of setting and action are be
Shaz X
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story of best friends to lovers, which is full of angst, heartache, emotion and is certainly a tear jerker too.

Jillian is still dealing with the loss of her parent 13 years ago. They died in the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and she blames herself for their deaths. Griffin is her best friend and they have been that way since they were very young. He always vowed to protect her and be there for her 'forever'.

I don't usually like stories that deal with real life events such as this,
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book but couldn't make my mind up if I should give a 4 or 5 stars., I enjoyed the writing style , loved the whole storyline as well as the awesome characters .. What I didn't not quite like was the day in, day out boringness of everyday life of the main character Jillian goes through, but there was just enough drama, spice and the other main character Griffin to keep this book above water and have me hooked..
I have to mention the dedication .. Loved it .. I knew what was co
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Marie Meyer has been a teacher for sixteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member RWA (PAN) and a 2017 RITA® Finalist. Marie's short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Spec ...more

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