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The Long Distance Playlist

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  338 ratings  ·  69 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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chloe yeung ♡
rtc!! loved this so much <3 ...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
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
Emer (A Little Haze)

Not feeling the energy of this book. Just seems like too much melodrama from page one.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
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
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!

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
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 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
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 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
Loved this! So sweet <3 ...more
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.
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!
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
s u k i
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it

I love Taylor. And I love dance too. I'm not going to accept that I only get one or the other. I want to fight for more.

So this book, at first I didn't really like it. Even though I was really into it's synopsis, the actual book was a bit effy at the start until I reached the halfway point. Before that though, I didn't like Isolde, she felt whiny and annoying to me and I didn't empathize with her at all, Taylor though, Taylor was my cinnamon roll. Taylor is a amputee after a bad accident and
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
Jodie- Readthewriteact
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Long Distance Playlist is a beautiful coming of age novel. Taylor and Isolde were the best of friends before a monumental fight, but 18 months later they start to reconnect. Taylor's life has been forever altered and Isolde has just been dumped. Enter a new friendship of Spotify Playlists (that will make you stop to read to listen to a few tracks), DMs and skype chats. This book perfectly captures the feeling of being a teenager with its scary decisions about the future and love.

If you fini
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
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Even though I liked The Long Distance Playlist, it didn't wow me. Told mainly using instant messenger, Skype, emails and phone texts, I felt that the story often lagged. Taylor and Isolde were likeable characters and I enjoyed their budding romance, but the story didn't flow and I found myself losing interest. I also liked the descriptions of New Zealand, the wonderful playlists Taylor came up with (I actually knew a number of the songs), the way Taylor and Isolde supported each other and the so ...more
Anitha Ponraj
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The long distance playlist by Tara Eglington.

Third YA fiction of the year and still now no luck with reading a carefree YA story. But totally loved the book which deals with friendship,passion, dreams, music and love. The title and story reminded me of a long distance friend from a different timezone who is still a good friend. I was supposed to close the book at 1 am and I was nowhere near closing it even by 4.30 am,thats exactly how hooked up I was to the story. Loved the way the story is writ
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn't realise this book was set in Sydney/Queenstown but that was super refreshing to know so many details of a setting. I knew basically all the spots mentioned and it really strengthened the atmosphere for me.

Otherwise, I'm really on a middle ground with this book. Some parts made me feel so much. The two characters we follow were so authentic and sweet and their emotions just punched me in the gut. On the other hand, some of the story were really... Clunky? Just felt like the pacing was a
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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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