Title: The Distance from A to Z
Author: Natalie Blitt
Rating: 4-4.5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: Kindle purchase
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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 exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.
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 the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk.
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 baseball-obsessed family. She wants culture, she wants to push herself, she wants to walk the streets of Paris and finally feel like she belongs somewhere. Her summer at a French-intensive college program is the start of just that, but she doesn’t count on falling for her French partner, Zeke, the type of guy she swore she’d never date again. But not even his excessive amount of baseball t-shirts or casual flirtations can compete with their daily talks in French or the way feelings slowly develop between them.
The development of Abby and Zeke’s relationship was so beautifully told! There’s a whimsy to it, it felt fresh and exciting and gave me so many butterflies. I hate to say you won’t understand unless you read it for yourself, but… well. They have a tangible chemistry from the beginning, but it takes a while for them to open up to their feelings. In the meantime, though, my heart was alternately fluttering and full to bursting because there just so many sweet scenes between them. My favorite part is undoubtedly that they spoke to each other in French and how author Natalie Britt wove in the French language followed by an English translation. It was so, so, sooooo romantic. While I did have some minor annoyances – a couple of things I would have changed or left out – I absolutely loved Abby and Zeke’s romance.
There are other things explored as well, including a strong friendship, social anxiety, and a slight sports angle. Basically, I think this is a book for everyone, especially if you’re a fan of Stephanie Perkins and Rainbow Rowell. Natalie Blitt has written such a charming romance, and I can’t wait for more from her!
We want more A to Z!
Natalie Blitt’s debut book, The Distance from A to Z, has hit the shelves and the reviews are in. The consensus? Readers want more! They want more of the two main characters they fell in love with. Well fans you are in luck.
Natalie Blitt is going to give us all exactly what we want but we have to give her something in return. What is that something? A review on Amazon (you are welcome to review anywhere else as well, but for the number to count towards the goal it much be posted on Amazon).
Here’s the extras options:
If The Distance from A to Z gets 30 reviews on Amazon Natalie will release a deleted scene on her website
If The Distance from A to Z gets 50 reviews on Amazon Natalie will write a short scene that takes place within six months of the last scene of A to Z and post it on her website.
If The Distance from A to Z gets 100 reviews on Amazon Natalie will write a real epilogue that… doesn’t take place in the United States.
I don’t know about you, but seems really doable to get more of this fantastic story.
Help us spread the word and share this on social media with the hashtag #MoreAtoZ! And post those reviews!