Book Review: The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

DistanceAtoZThe Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

Published by Epic Reads Impulse on January 12, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 316 Format: eBook Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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.

While looking for cute contemporaries to read this summer, The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt popped on my radar. Abby heads across the country to attend an intensive summer school to become fluent in French but meeting a cute boy in the process wasn’t a part of the plan. With awesome characters, baseball fanatics, and pages and pages of French, I couldn’t help but fall in love with this story.

First up, let’s talk about these wonderful characters Blitt brought to the page. Abby is just trying to make her own way, pursuing her French passion and trying to separate herself from her over enthusiastic baseball family. Zeke’s the kindhearted and sweet French partner with a little mystery to him. Even Alice, Abby’s roommate and an anxiety ridden poet, provided complexity and intrigue.

While I am quite the sports fan, baseball was more of childhood passion but I could still connect while reading. I loved going to Cleveland Indians games and rooting for the players, filling in scorecards and keeping track of strikes, runs, etc. It was definitely a family affair too.  I totally understand that there is more to life though and that people can have more than one passion. I sympathized with Abby so much on this front.

The French is what caught my eye from the start and held me enthralled. It’s such a beautiful language and learning and speaking it fluently would be a dream come true. There’s so much of it throughout the narrative but it doesn’t detract from the story and really helps depict how to become fluent. This book actually inspired me to return to Duolingo and get back in the language game so YAY!

Overall The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt was such an enjoyable contemporary and I just couldn’t put it down. It gave me so many feelings of nostalgia when it came to both baseball and French. Plus the characters were just so interesting and relatable. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick fun read full of heart.

So have you read The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt? Are you passionate about French or baseball? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments below!


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