March 11, 2016 by ceresbooksworld
The distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: January 12nd, 2016
Source: Ebook bought on amazon
Rating: 3 hearts
Synopsis (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 adage: opposites attract.
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. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.
But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.
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Abby is a nice girl who can take it anymore that her family loves Baseball more than anything. She wants to go in France and that’s the reason why she’s going in a summer class of French. She’s nice but I think she’s a little obsessed with her family, she doesn’t want to be with a man who likes baseball or who is wearing baseball shirt. It’s weird because when she was young she loved that, I think that she has a mental block with the baseball only because her family completely abandoned her and missed major events of her life only because the Cubs played and they shouldn’t miss the match. I like the passion she has for French and it’s not just because I’m French but also because it’s nice to see a young woman love something so much to learn it by herself.
I can’t say that I understand Zeke totally, he’s weird, he likes Abby, he’s jealous but he’s always with other girl, so what’s the point. He loves speaking French with Abby and when they are together they’re perfect. I knew since almost the beginning of the book why Zeke was so secret and I understand why but a relationship based on secret is not good for people. He’s kind and also fun and he could have been a character more deep, I couldn’t attach myself to him.
I like Alice, who is Abby’s roommate and she’s so fun, even if she has some problems. I like that she is here for Abby and the contrary works too.
This story is good but she would have been better if the characters had been a little more developed. And I would have wanted to have a more detailed end but it is only my opinion.
There are some errors of French in the book which bothered me especially when it was the professor who spoke. At her level we don’t make fault of time, we are not saying “Je suis vraiment heureuse que vous êtes ici.” Mais “Je suis vraiment heureuse que vous soyez ici.” The others mistake aren’t bothering me so much because they are when Abbi and Zeke talk and they aren’t fluent in French.
The romance is nice but begins late in the book, the author style is good, it’s fluid and the book can be read very quickly.
I really wanted to love this book but sadly it was good but not enough for me to love it.
About the author
Originally from Canada, Natalie Blitt grew up on a steady diet of loyalist adventure stories. It wasn’t until she moved to Chicago after graduating from McGill and receiving a journalism degree from the University of King’s College, that she learned that not everybody sees the loyalists as the heroes. Now living in the Chicago-area, she dreams up young adult novels of a different sort: more kissing, less guns, but always a lot of loyalty. Natalie works at an education think tank and lives with her husband and their three sons. She knows a lot about baseball. She has no choice.