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The Distance from Me to You

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,544 ratings  ·  469 reviews
Wild  meets  Endless Love  in this multilayered story of love, survival, and self-discovery.

McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best fr
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 20th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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Mekiya It's not exactly a pen name. "Nina" is short for "Marina," and she's married to David Gessner, though she doesn't usually take his name. Not sure why …moreIt's not exactly a pen name. "Nina" is short for "Marina," and she's married to David Gessner, though she doesn't usually take his name. Not sure why she went with this configuration, though. (less)

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Whitney Atkinson
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
So my phone AND laptop broke (i'm currently writing this from my website design class...) therefore I was able to finish this book all in one day due to my boredom. And I enjoyed it! It delivered exactly what I was anticipating: both a cutesie and interesting read about a girl and a guy hiking together. I'm not a hiker so I can't judge if this was accurate or not as far as camping procedures, but I was definitely hooked onto the action and I absolutely loved that this book was set in the wildern ...more
Odette Brethouwer
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inbezit, 2016
I noticed I'd rated this book 4* and I was like, why? I've read my review again and I was like, way? XD I love this book so much and I recommend it to a lot of people so I've changed my rating to 5* because that suits my feelings about this book better.

What a beautiful coming of age story! I like the girlpower, the doing something by yourself because you want to, no matter what other people may think about it. It is very confronting because you instantly think the same - should she go on that tr
This was cute and alright but not my favorite contemporary, mostly because it ended with the characters making STUPID MISTAKES.
I feel like the main character grew but at the same time, she didn’t. Like I was TOLD how she grew but didn’t feel a ton of that from her actual character arc.
The romance was cute and this was a really interesting backdrop for a story (hiking the Appalachian trail?) but it definitely didn’t make me want to do that. 😂
All in all an alright but forgettable contemporary
Bookish Pengu
1,5* for the message of the book. I FKN MADE IT AND I AM SO DONE AND PLEASED THAT I FINISHED IT. Although life is too short to finish books you don't like. And I was so bored. And I don't know when I will write a review. I am just so done and actually didn't enjoyed this book in any way. ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
*sigh* I was really looking forward to a strong powerful girl going on an adventure and having an adventure-romance, but instead I got two dummies being dumb in the woods. The love interest was certifiably pitiful and I know that was kind of the point but holy smokes, girlfriend just wanted to go on a hike and then somehow ends up in charge of fixing all this guy's problems instead, and that's not my idea of an adventure. Sorry :(.
*also the main character talks mad shit about a boy because he as
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can tell I'm turning into an actual adult because the whole time I was reading this book all I could think about was how irresponsible and stupid McKenna was being. And all for a stupid boy. ...more
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars

I’m not the biggest hiker. I went hiking for the first time ever this past summer, so you could say that I’m a beginner. When I found out that The Distance from Me to You is about an 18 year-old girl who attempts thru hiking through the Appalachian Trail, I was really intrigued. However, the romance fell flat for me and the characters’ choices made my eyes roll in annoyance.


There are primarily two characters in The Distance from Me to You because it’s a story about a hike,
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this. Not your typical YA contemporary and involves a strong female protagonist.
This book was amazing.

Marina Gessner is a pen name for Nina de Gramont. I’ve never read any of her other work but after reading this I will not hesitate to pick any up. This is a YA contemporary romance about a girl, McKenna who hikes the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. McKenna’s supposed to go hiking with her best friend before heading off to University but last minute her best friend backs out but
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Of course Courtney didn’t think she should do it alone – nobody would. But the images were already forming in McKenna’s mind: all those miles of fabulous solitude, her body getting stronger, her mind growing wider. In preparation for this hike she’d read a mountain of books – wilderness guides, memoirs, novels. One of her favourites was by a woman who’d hiked the Pacific Crest Trail alone without even a debit card,
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fun hiking book with cute romance and vaguely unrealistic plot at times.

- Hiking parts were so fun. By that, I mean the parts specifically focused on McKenna hiking. They were definitely my favorite because she was so determined and resilient.
- Cute romance. While his initial introduction made me wish I could just get back to McKenna hiking, I did come to really like Sam and his relationship with McKenna. Some parts were a little over the top but were ultimately made up for.
- Ending. The lat
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-dutch
4,5 stars
IT WAS REALLY ENJOYABLE! I think this book is a way too underhyped. It's a contemporary, which isn't my favourite genre, but it is a cute book. It brought me out of my reading slump, thank God! It also has strong feminism in it and some really good life lessons.
If you love contemporary or just need a good book (like I did), go read it!

It actually isn't that original. McKenna is about to hike the Appalan Trial, when her best friend cancels it. She decides to go alone, but she doesn't tel
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
This was pretty lame.
The good writing style was the only thing bearable about it.
Everything else was "meh".
The protagonist was bearable, and likable in parts. The other characters, especially the second lead / romantic interest- dull & cardboard-like.
The plot was just "uhhhhg" but the hiking experience was bearable, interesting at times.
Had to force myself to not DNF it so I wouldn't recommend it.

Jaime Arkin
Oct 19, 2015 marked it as dnf
This just wasn't for me. I struggled to get into the story and it was really slow going. I decided not to continue after 32%. womp womp.

Though please note that others have enjoyed this - give it a try if a slower moving story is your thing.
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 10/11/15: 3.75 stars
Whew, finally finished! I don't know why that took me so long.
Anyway! THE DISTANCE FROM ME TO YOU was... good. It never really captured me but I also was never really actively turned off though there were teases of both where I thought I could really get into it or I thought I was going to be turned off by something. I've always loved camping and since I met my now-husband, we actually do a lot more and even remote/primitive camping. I've read a few books
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, romance
~~~Review to come~~~
*I'm going to do the review later because I have 10 books that are due to the library that I need to return. It takes me a long time to write a review. So I'm going to first finish the books then write the reviews.*
Ms. Yingling
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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McKenna and her best friend Courtney have elaborate plans to hike the Appalachian Trail from end to end; they have even saved up their money to buy equipment and taken a year off after high school. A very short time before the trip, Courtney backs out because she doesn't want to leave her boyfriend. McKenna feels prepared enough to go on her own, so lies to her parents and takes off. The first few days are humbling; she can't make it up one route, and her p
Laura (Booksforbreakfast)
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with this book. I thought that it was different than other YA novels out there, so I went in with a lower expectation because I hadn’t heard much about it and YA contemporary is usually a pretty big risk for me. Lucky for me, I couldn’t put it down.

I thought the characters were good and developed, McKenna bored me at first but as the story unfolded I started to really like her and admire her for the strength she had. Sam fell a bit flat for me, he was
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel-books
After reading this lovely travel novel, I want to plan my own Appalachian trail. Beautiful details, a little bit of humor and lots of pure love. This might be my new favorite traveling book.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Okay, so this book is probably just 2.5 stars, but I bumped it up to 3 stars because I was feeling generous. The whole reason that I even gave it stars in the first place wasn't even because I actually thought it was a quality read, but I just found certain portions so disastrously amusing that I had no choice but to keep reading to see where in the world the author decided to take the story.

Let's start off with the beginning of this story. McKenna is a white, upper middle class (honestly maybe
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:
The Distance From Me To You is a book for people who like no-nonsense writing and fast pacing. It’s a straightforward look at stubborn, independent McKenna, a 17-year old who decides to hike the entire Appalachian Trail after high school. Without her parents knowing, McKenna decides to go it alone after being abandoned at the last moment by her best friend. Along the way, she meets and falls in love with thru hiker, Sam, who is trying to outrun
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ster
Kenzie Howard
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would honestly rate this book 3.5 stars, however I bumped it up to four due to the fact that I couldn’t put it down. Good page turner. A pretty light read that still manages to have some drama to it. One thing I didn’t like was how long it took to get to the climax in the book. It built it up so much and after it happened it was kind of like “that’s it?” Overall an enjoyable and easy read.
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
“Why should she have to feel unsafe? Didn’t this world belong to her as much as it belonged to any man? Yes it did. McKenna refused to let them make her feel unsafe, either by cornering her, or by making her feel like she needed one to protect her.”

McKenna and her best friend Courtney have been planning to walk the Appalachian Trail for a while now. Just a few weeks before they start Courtney reconciles with her boyfriend and cancels on their plans. Determined to do it anyway McKenna decides to
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
McKenna has always been respectful and obedient, abiding by her parents wishes and doing what is expected of her. But she also has a dream: to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. After deferring college for a year and spending every free moment preparing for the grueling hike, her friend backs out because of a boyfriend. Keeping that little fact from her parents, McKenna embarks on the trip of a lifetime. Along the way, McKenna learns some valuable lessons abou ...more
Erica Cavyn
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it

Waw to this book! I never thought I'd enjoy something so simplistic but so deep in the end. The characters are astonishingly written and undergo each a change I never expected to see. The plot is so adventurous and so simplistic that it amazed me how much I really enjoyed it. The thought of being out there, in nature with the birds singing, has never seemed so beautiful and really makes me longing to an adventure as this! The story will
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
On the back of this book stood: "This book makes you want to throw your phone away and go out for a walk yourself". And of course, that brought my philosophical and sceptical side out. I literally laughed at that and was like, HA NO, that's so not going to happen! I thought it would be some kind of mindfullness book and well, i judged the book before i even started.

And i'm going to apologize (yes, to a book), because i liked this so much! And if you really want to know, i wanted to go on a trip
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
So...maybe it's because I'm not really an "outdoorsy" person and hiking and camping are not among my favorite past times...but this was, well, boring.

I've said before--I'm a character-driven reader--and this book is SO setting heavy--like pages and pages of setting with maybe a half page of character interaction. This means the characters themselves aren't really developed or --in my opinion--original.

I think people that enjoy the outdoor life will enjoy this story, especially with the little bi
Kelly Hager
McKenna has one goal: hike the entire Appalachian Trail. She and her best friend are supposed to do it together after graduating high school (deferring college for a year) but the best friend decides to stay home for a guy. SO McKenna decides to lie to her parents and go anyway. By herself.

I loved this book. It's so interesting and it really made me wish I were the kind of person who would find hiking (at all; not even a monster, months-long hike like that fun). I love McKenna and how brave she
Beth Kakuma-Depew
An over-privileged white girl hikes the Appalachian Trail, over-comes challenges, and meets a super-hot guy with working-class issues. Was the heroine a bit obnoxious and oblivious? Well that depends on your opinion of such girls. Her romance with Sam, the guy she meets on the trail, was genuine and sizzling hot.

Fans of Walk in the Woods by Bryson, who also enjoy YA romance, will find this compelling. But I'm not sure how many of us are out there?
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Marina Gessner is the pen name of Nina de Gramont. Nina is a writer, teacher, and mom, not necessarily in that order. Her work has appeared in Redbook, Harvard Review, Nerve, and Seventeen. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and daughter. ...more

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