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The Long Distance Playlist

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  673 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Told primarily in instant messenger conversations, Skype, emails and texts, this is Jaclyn Moriarty's Feeling Sorry for Celia for the modern teen.

Taylor and Isolde used to be best friends - before THAT FIGHT, 18 months ago. It's been radio silence ever since - until Taylor contacts Isolde to sympathise with her breakup: the breakup that she never saw coming; the breakup th
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 20th 2019 by Harper Collins Publishers Australia
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Tara Eglington Hi Molly! Thanks so much for the question - and your lovely review. I've had a few people asking me about a sequel - to be honest, I actually find mys…moreHi Molly! Thanks so much for the question - and your lovely review. I've had a few people asking me about a sequel - to be honest, I actually find myself often thinking about Isolde and Taylor and what might happen in their futures, as well :-) The book is definitely a stand-alone, but never say never! I love the characters, so you never know!
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Tara Eglington Hello! Thank you for messaging (apologies if this is a delayed answer). Yes, this book should be appropriate for a younger reader (no swearing, undera…moreHello! Thank you for messaging (apologies if this is a delayed answer). Yes, this book should be appropriate for a younger reader (no swearing, underage drinking, etc). The romance is also quite innocent. My books are generally pitched at 13 upwards, and are quite 'clean' in content. (less)

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Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarantine-tbr
Talk about representation! We have a disability rep as the MC which I found pretty interesting and educational to read about as I haven't come across many such books. And the story is set in my home country NZ so it felt cool being able to relate to all the location names! ❤️ Plot-wise it's like a typical YA contemporary romance but I hadn't read one of those in a while so I greatly enjoyed it and it gave me all the feels :) ...more
Jaye Berry
This book was aggressively just okay.

The Long Distance Playlist is about two teens named Isolde and Taylor who used to be best friends until they had a big fight. They haven't talked in 18 months until Taylor messages Isolde to help her get through a break up. Through emails, DMs, and playlists, the two bond over their hardships and their friendship slowly becomes something more.

I don't have much to say about this book because it was okay, but I was never really 100% in it. The format threw me o
chloe ♡
rtc!! loved this so much <3
Trigger warnings: cheating, parents having relationship difficulties, discussion of amputation, (view spoiler)

Well this was really stinking cute. I was somewhat hesitant going into it, and I genuinely can't pinpoint why. So it was a pleasant surprise when I was hooked from page 1 and adored both the protagonists and their trans-Tasman friendship. I loved the playlists scatt
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Taylor and Isolde were best friends, that is until they had a huge fight over 18 months ago. Present day, Isolde (Issy) has just gone through a break up with her boyfriend and Taylor, or (Tay) gets in touch with her to commiserate. As the friends begin speaking again, Eglington uncovers the past, including Tays accident, which ended his Olympic snowboarding dreams. We discover Issy's dream of making it as a ballet dancer and her frustrations. As the two communicate through message and Skype, Tay ...more
Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Mar 12, 2020 rated it did not like it

Not feeling the energy of this book. Just seems like too much melodrama from page one.
This was so heart warming, so wonderful, and so completely lovely.

4.5/5 stars
Abi Barrowmam
Sep 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Very light hearted, casual read, but was pretty cute
Maria (mariareadsbooksalot)
AHHH. THIS BOOK!!! Please dont mind me if this is the only book I talk or think about for at least 4 months. This book was such an amazing YA Romance and I wish I could read it again for the first time! Isolde and Taylor used to be best friends until one fight ruined everything. 18 months later, Isolde gets her heart broken and Taylor decides to reach out. You watch as the two of them navigate the awkwardness that comes with talking for the first time in over a year and become best friends again ...more
Moxi &#x1f6fc;
DNF. I wanted to like this so much but there are too many things I struggled with that I ended up giving up. It’s way too long, and the constant switching between IM, email, Skype and first person POV is distracting and makes the story difficult to follow. The emails and IM’s are also longwinded and kind of pointless. They are also grammatically correct and fully punctuated which is not an authentic representation of how teens communicate. The music playlists are full of cringeworthy pop ballads ...more
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Oh I just want to crawl into this story and stay there forever!!

This book made me SO HAPPY and everything about it is ADORABLE and Taylor is SO CUTE and ugh! I'm just sad it's over.
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jessica G
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

In my mission to read as many YA releases in 2020, with priority being given to my Aussie authors, it shouldn’t be that surprising that this book ended up in my TBR pile in isolation. (EDIT: Editor-Jess now realises this book was published in 2019 so big OOP. But I mean December is pretty much part of the following year anyways, amiright or amiright?)
Right before entering isolation I went and bought a stack of books from both Big W and Book Depository, and I have to say I am very glad
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
An author Q&A with Tara is also up on my blog

I've been a fan of Tara Eglington's work since her first book, and it's been such a joy to see her work grow since then. In The Long Distance Playlist, there is the same sense of realism and exploring what it is to be a teenager with hopes and dreams, tempered with a multi-modal narrative style and storyline that is so much fun to read!

It can be difficult to balance the activities of the main characters within
Feb 14, 2020 added it
I hate to say this, but this book was boring and I wouldn't be adding it if I didn't have reading challenges to think about. :/

The format for this isn't something that should put me off, but I found myself absolutely hating it. Each different form of communication (email, text, im) seemed to ignore important details from the other, as if they weren't drafted together for cohesion. It left me confused about what I'd just read, so I'd have to look at parts and make sure it wasn't just me. It also
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, ya
I mean... eh?

This book felt like it took me ages to get through, though it was really only four days or so. I think the format really worked against it and kept it from being as pacy as it could have been - it switched between emails, texts, and first-person POV from the two main characters.

There were some pretty silly misunderstandings that kept Isolde and Taylor from getting together earlier, which tested my patience a little. Then when they did get together, I felt like they didn't even get e
Meredith Walker
A story told primarily in instant messenger conversations, Skype, emails and texts… it is interesting in concept but clunky in execution. The constant changing of storytelling medium is difficult to follow, especially in early chapters, given that the references within them are to pronouns rather than character names and often they read like what an adult might think that teenage communication would be like. The story is of ongoing communication between a boy and a girl….a teenage pen-pal love s ...more
Sometimes when you're stuck at home for weeks on end you just want a sappy love story where you can predict exactly what will happen, and that's what I got. Not to mention, I am very into stories where boys are more self-aware and expressive about their feelings than girls, so I adored Taylor's story and watching him fall back in love with snowboarding.

This wasn't a perfect book, the miscommunication-driven melodrama got to be occasionally too much, and there were some gaps in the story (I didn
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This book just felt like one big love letter: to friendship, families, relationships and places (New Zealand and Australia, particularly Queenstown and Sydney). I absolutely loved it.
Annie Deo
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on my blog.


I decided to try something out of my comfort zone by picking this up as friends-to-lovers isn’t a trope I normally read, but I’m so glad I did because this blew me away! If you aren’t a fan of the trope, this book will make you a convert; if you already enjoy it, then prepare to swoon! The main characters are lovable and so endearing, the issues they face feel very relatable and the playlists ROCKED – so many of my fave songs were featured!

Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Harper Collins and the author for providing me with a copy of The Long Distance Playlist!

Isolde's entire life revolves around ballet. It is her life dream to attend a special ballet school, but when her boyfriend betrays her and they break up, her heavy commitments and flagging social life start to weigh her down.  When she receives a message from an old friend she hasn't spoken to for 18 months, she knows their parents probably just set it up out of politeness.  But as Tayl
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was hard for me to finish this one, I was just so invested in Taylor & Isolde’s stories and didn’t want them to end.

The Long Distance Playlist reminded me so much of my teenage years, making burnt cds (I’m dating myself here) for your crush, talking for hours on the phone, & obsessively IM’ing each other.

What an adorable #loveozya story of family, love, & following your dreams! 💖
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-kindles
My first read finished in 2020! This was cute. Not quite the attention catcher I was expecting, took me a while longer to read than I anticipated.
But, I always love a different format, and so I did in this one too. And characters came near.
Apr 12, 2020 rated it liked it
it was cute. I think it went on for too long and I was like omg just kiss already
This was by far one of the best YA romance novels I have ever read.
Caitlyn Woods
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it's so cute and fun. I love the setting in Australia and New Zealand, it's great to read an Aussie author! ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
This little romance had a few happy surprises - I really enjoyed the Australian-New Zealand setting, and the inclusion of a main character adjusting to life with a prosthetic was great! I'm glad that our main leads had interesting lives outside of their relationship, with their interests in ballet and snowboarding.

However, I was let down in a few other respects. While our main leads were crafted very dimensionally, I wish I could say the same for the supporting cast. I was also expecting the en
Chantelle Axisa
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was heartwarming and beautiful.
Taylor and Isolde are great characters both of who are extremely relatable.
Taylor is a pure cinnamon roll and one of the greatest book characters of all time. He is heartbreakingly kind and thoughtful.
The book is written through a series of playlists, emails and text messages which I really enjoyed. I put the playlists on while I was reading which added an interactive element to the book. Tara Eglington's writting made me perfectly picture the cities feat
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Tara Eglington grew up in Byron Bay, Australia, and now lives in Sydney.

Tara is the author of four Young Adult novels: How to Keep a Boy from Kissing You, How to Convince a Boy to Kiss You (titled Kissing Games in the USA), My Best Friend is a Goddess and The Long Distance Playlist. Her books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA.

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