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The Distance from A to Z

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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.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

So, I didn't like this book. Part of the reason of my dislike is solely my fault, because I'm French, and wouldn't, I think, bother a non-French speaker. However, even without the oh-so-annoying experience of reading a book in which sentences are repeated twice - in French and in English - I must address the other issues I have with The Distance from A to Z, which are the slut-shaming, the unbearable and judgmental heroine and the boring plot.

In all honesty, I would have overlooked my annoyance
Danielle (Love at First Page)

4-4.5 stars

This book surprised me! I knew friends were loving it, which made me nervous, but still I didn't expect the writing to be this lovely. I mean, there was a rhythm to this story that was just so beautiful and so completely unique. I haven't read a romance styled quite like this, dripping with French and an almost unbearable sweetness. Can you say, Oh là là?

The Distance from A to Z is about Abby, a girl who loves the French language and longs for nothing more than to leave behind her bas
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“My name starts with the first letter in the alphabet and yours is the last one.”

This was an okay YA contemporary romance, but it took a long while to really get going for me.

Abby really irritated me at the start of this book, because she seemed to think that if someone liked baseball then she shouldn’t like them, which for me was a bit narrow-minded. I know that
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars.

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: January 12, 2016
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old
Rachel 007
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beta-read, ab-edited
Dear Bloggers Who May Read This Review:
This book is MORE than the fluffy romance the blurb makes it seem to be. It deals with secrets, lies, anxiety, taking medication for your problems and being A-OK and proud of it, kissing, flirting/banter, and realizing you judge people even when you don't mean to.

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of Natalie's THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z and I couldn't put it down. The voice and story and setting were so different. I grew up going to gifted & talented ca
Marla Mei
3-3.5 stars

I'm not in love with this book as much as everyone else seems to be but it's still good nonetheless.

The MC, Abby, is a bit judgmental so I had a hard time liking her. There were times when I thought I finally liked her and then she would go back to being annoying so of course we're back to square one. Also, I'm glad that her aversion to baseball was addressed because it really grated on my nerves and part of me actually thought she was overreacting about it.

The love interest, Zeke, wa
Nicole Wang
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
""Tell me," he whispers. He takes another step forward, and I take one back, and we continue until I can't go any further, until I'm up against the wall. I feel his breath against my lips and even if nothing happens tonight, even if this is all a wash, this is enough."
I wasn't quite sure how to feel when I first dove into this one--it was at the beginning of the year when I was dying for something to kill the sudden reading slump I'd developed. I had heard about The Distance from
Megan Erickson
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-romance
I had the opportunity to read this book in multiple forms as it was being written and revised. And let me just say -- I fell harder for Abby and Zeke each time. Yes, Natalie is my critique partner and yes, I consider her a friend and yes, I've read everything she's ever written. But I fell in love with her writing and her stories before I got to know her. So, this comes from the writer in me, to rate this book epically high and tell you that it's a lovely, smart, fun, and romantic debut.

Abby is
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
4.5 stars.

Review originally posted on Mostly YA Lit:
REVIEW: The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
SWOONS. BOOK BOYFRIENDS. What else can I say to get your attention? Because The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt has both of those things in epic amounts. We're talking full-on butterflies in your stomach, tears in your eyes, Anna and the French Kiss levels of swoons.

When I first heard about The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt, I really liked the idea of a girl being in an intensive
I'm thinking 3.5 stars for now. BUT I DUNNO. I must spend some time sorting out my feelings. But a basic rundown:

+ i didn't like abby at the start because she was awfully judgemental and rude towards people who play baseball. it was addressed in the book later on, but it still bothered me for a while there
+ abby and alice's friendship is GOALS. also yay for bff not just being around as a plot device. alice had a life of her own, too.
+ diversity!
+ the romance is kind of a slow burn, which is my
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I absolutely adored this story. I am a big fan of the usual tropes: friends to lovers, love that is forbidden, and especially "enemies" to lovers. And this book covers that last one. Ok, so the main characters aren't "enemies", perse, but they are two pretty different people. At least that's what it seems like on the surface. But wha
When I discovered I could request my library purchase ebooks I wanted, and a lot of them were US editions too, this was the first I ordered. I read this book in its entirety last night, in about three hours. I knew I was in the mood for a nice, cutesy contemporary, and thought this would hit the spot, and boy, was I right. I'd heard wonderful things about it, it wasn't expecting it to be just as enjoyable as it was.

In The Distance from A to Z, Abby is spending her summer at college to become flu
Jaime Arkin
Are you looking for a cute contemporary romance? A sweet story filled with fun and sweet friendships, lots and lots of French and eventually all the kissing you could ask for? Well look no further because The Distance from A to Z is going to be exactly what need.

I had been hearing quite a few people raving about this story so I decided I’d grab it and give it a try. Initially I’m always a little reticent to do that because I’m almost always the black sheep, especially when it comes to light-hea
Laurie Flynn
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first book I finished in 2016, and it really set the bar high. There are so many reasons why I love THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z. It was love, or should I say amour, at first sight with Abby, who is spending her summer on campus away from home to perfect her French language skills. Her ultimate goal is to attend the Paris School and get away from her baseball-obsessed family. When she starts falling for Zeke, who is unabashedly a jock, Abby has doubts—but Zeke is a different person in F ...more
2016 Reading Challenge #25: A book that take place during summer.

“Sometimes in my head, I picture France like some combination of Hogwarts and Narnia and The Secret Garden. And I know it's ridiculous, that France is a real place with real people who are sometimes kind and sometimes shitty, but I just... ”

Pensé que jamás ocurriría, pero lo he encontrado: un libro que te hace sentir all the feelings de Anna and the French Kiss.


Abby y Zeke no tienen nada en común:
⚫Ella odia el béisbol. Él lo
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
1.5 stars

The tragic thing about The Distance from A to Z is that, in theory, this book is so completely a Christina book. It’s a fluffy contemporary novel set in an intensive foreign language program about a judgmental girl falling in love with a guy who is not her type, aka a jock. In reality, though, The Distance from A to Z really didn’t work for me; it was more like the disappointment from A to Z.

It definitely did not help that I just happened to read it right after Shuffle, Repeat, which ha
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
The Distance from A to Z explores how love can come from language and how love is a language of its own.

Book cover: The only downside? I am not the one holding hands with that guy on the cover!

Thoughts: It doesn't matter if you're not a fan of Stephanie Perkin-esque romances, or romance in general. Because, for me, the highlight of this book isn't the romance - it's how brilliantly and poetically the romance is expressed.

Natalie Blitt romanticises language, using French to tie characters togeth
Laura Shovan
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't review books, but I do blog about them.

You'll find my post about THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z here:
DNF @ 5%.

The Distance from A to Z was a book I knew almost instantly I would have a problem with, straight off the bat (pun intended since our protagonist has a great problem with baseball). I don't enjoy DNF'ing a book, but more so lately I can not force myself to push through a book I do not enjoy and have the ability to collect ridiculous quotes for. The Distance from A to Z is a book like that. I liked the idea mostly, but mostly I needed a contemporary. This obviously isn't the contemporary
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
This review was originally posted on Andi's ABCs
I have been waiting a really really long time for The Distance from A to Z to come out. I'm a huge sucker for cute contemporary romances and I was told that this was a mere book by someone that read an early copy. But as excited I was for reading it I was weary when I saw it billed as a book for Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally lovers. To me those are hard shoes to fill. Stephanie and Miranda are two of my favorite YA contemporary authors an
nick (the infinite limits of love)
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

This book was so unexpected. I picked it up because of Megan Erickson's tweets but I loved it so much more than I thought I would. It was not only adorable, but also explored some serious themes, including social anxiety. Basically, it was pretty much a perfect read for me.

Abby was such a lovely character.  What truly appealed to me about her character was her passion for French. You could tell that it was a part of her soul and I loved that she was so devoted and passionate about it. She wasn't
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Comparing this novel to the works of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally is very apropos. The protagonist is quirky and romantic, is a Francophile and feels things very intensely, reminiscent of Perkins' main characters. And with her strong, strong dislike of all things baseball and how big a part of her life it is, you can see why comparisons to a Kenneally novel, with foundations in sports of all kinds, might be apt.

I'll admit it: this book was ridiculously cute at times. And while my init
Rachel Solomon
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of contemporary YA romance, you will fall hard for this book. THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z made me feel warm and fuzzy, and the comparisons to Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally are absolutely spot-on.

The protagonist Abby's relationship with the French language (and the way author Natalie Blitt describes it) is truly beautiful. So, too, is her relationship with Zeke, the guy she meets during a summer French intensive program. This book (and all the French woven into it) makes f
Everly Frost
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Reading The Distance from A to Z was like hugging a hot chocolate while chatting with a dear friend.

I loved Abby and even her brothers right from the first page. Somehow, she reached in and squeezed my heart. She’s entirely relatable, genuine, and imperfect. She doesn’t always make perfect choices or react in perfect ways, but she is so human in her reactions. Some of the things she did made me laugh out loud. Others made m
Ashley Blake
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book was completely adorable and sweet. I absolutely loved the French atmosphere--right in new Hampshire--and Abby and Zeke completely transfixed me. I finished this in a day and barely breathed the last half. Fun, sexy, with a lovely friendship side story, this book was right up my contemporary romance loving alley.
Dec 18, 2015 rated it really liked it

Some distances and dreams appear and feel insurmountable--the distance between A and Z, Chicago to Paris, and from first base to home in the bottom of the ninth. Goals, dreams and distances can feel so far away, but not impossible. The distance between Abby Berman and Zeke Martin might just be impossible to gap though.

Abby wants a summer away from Chicago, her family, and baseball. Especially baseball! Eight weeks away at an intensive French language program on a University campus in New Hampshi
Sarah Alexander
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Warm, funny and totally swoony! THE DISTANCE FROM A to Z had me fall in love over and over again – with the characters, with language, and with the writing! BLITT has totally nailed falling in love – the good and the bad. But this novel is about more than romantic love. The family relationships are real and play a huge part in Abby’s attitudes and ambitions. Even though, the family isn’t present, I felt like I knew them. The friendship with Alice is beautiful and moving, with the issue of anxiet ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
What a delightful read! Perfect contemporary romance, with a charming guy, an excellent set of friendships and a main character who learns a little something. Plus, the French bits were simply wonderful (and made me want to pick it up again)!
Jen Malone
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Liked this one so much I blurbed it:)
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel was quite average for me. It had some cute moments but I had too many issues with the characters and the plot to enjoy it.

Abby's character frustrated me so much. She was a bit too obsessed with appearances and constantly judged people by how they presented themselves. She was rude to Zeke because he looked like a jock, but called her roommate her spirit animal just because she looked artsy and hipster. Then she found another spirit animal in her French teacher because she looked like
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