The ABC’s of The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

The ABC’s of The Distance from A to Z by Natalie BlittThe Distance from A to Z
by Natalie Blitt
Release Date: January 12th 2016
Published by HarperCollins
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
Pages: 352
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

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 Frenchβ€”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.

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Nick made me read this a few weeks ago and it was absolutely adorable!  I’m so glad I read it as I loved Abby, Zeke and Alice.  Today I’m gonna share with you the ABC’s of this book, just a few words that remind me of The Distance from A to Z, as well as my thoughts on the book below. πŸ™‚
(I have no idea if anyone has done a feature like this, I just thought it would be fun cause of the title of the book)

The ABC’s of The Distance from A to Z:

A:  Abby
Our baseball hating/French loving MC.

B:  Baseball
Baseball plays such a huge role in this book. Abby’s family is obsessed with baseball and Abby wants absolutely nothing to do with it. This summer is not just her opportunity to master her French, it’s also a chance to get away from baseball.

C:  Converse
I love when authors share small details about their characters that help me connect with them better. Abby loves converse, Zeke wears converse.  It’s actually one of the first things Abby noticed about him. πŸ™‚

D:  Distance
Obviously, like the title states, there are so many things standing in the way of any kind of relationship between Abby and Zeke.  One of which is the fact that they live in different states.

E: English
Their relationship can be defined in two different stages. Their ‘English’ conversations are the normal Abby and Zeke…

F: French
The ‘French’ version of Abby and Zeke was so addicting! I normally hate different languages in books (I don’t know French although I can guess some words) but it really worked with this book.  I love when Abby and Zeke spoke to each other in French, it was like seeing them fall for each other with each French word.

G: Games
Abby’s childhood revolved so much around baseball games.

H: Hate
I’m not joking when I say that Abby hates baseball.  Hate is probably not a strong enough word.  When she first meets Zeke and realizes he likes baseball too, she hates that about him.

I: Irritating
I’ll admit that there were times when Abby and her ‘I hate baseball’ attitude would irritate me.  I was like ‘okay Abby, I get it!’

J: Judgmental
Actually, at first she kind of annoyed me because she was a little bit judgmental. But her character did grow, which I liked a lot.

K: Kind
I loved the friendship between Alice and Abby and I loved how kind they were to each other all the time.  Even when they didn’t always agree on things. I love good female friendships in books.

L: Love
Duh.  This had such a cute romance, love is the first L-word that came to mind.

M: Madame Joliet
Abby’s French instructor was a great supporting character. I love dhow supportive she was, but I especially love that she paired Abby and Zeke as partners!

N: New
This is not only Abby’s first time on her own, away from her family, but it’s also the first time she’s experiencing all these new emotions…like love.

O: Opposite
Abby and Zeke are complete opposite in so many ways, and despite it all, they can’t help the way they feel about each other.

P: Perfect
Despite how wrong they may seem for each other, I love that they are perfect together anyway.

Q: Quote Cup
Othe rthan the romance, anothe rthing I loved was the friendship between Abby and he roommate Alice. I especially love dthe scene where Abby made Alice a cup for her coffee with the word ‘courage’ on it.

R: Risk
Abby knows that things could end very badly with her and Zeke, she has to decide if it’s worth the risk anyway.

S: Summer
Not only does this make the perfect summer read, but it also takes place in the summer.

T: Trivia
One of my favorite scenes involves baseball trivia… who knew baseball trivia could be hot?

U: University
Abby’s whole reason for attending the summer program at Huntington University is not only to improve her French, but to get into a French University.

V: Voice
Although Abby’s French was pretty good, with Zeke’s help she was really able to find her voice.

W: Worth
Even though I loved the romance, I also loved the message of the book.  I love how Abby realized that she didn’t have to let baseball, French or a boy define who she was and I loved how the summer helped her find herself.

X: X-Rated French Films
As part of their assignment, Abby and Zeke watch a couple of X-rated French movies πŸ˜‰

Young Love:
I’m such a sucker for YA contemporary books because there is nothing sweeter than reading about young love.

Z: Zeke
Zeke was exactly the type of guy Abby was trying to avoid, too bad their summer had other plans.

My Thoughts:

I was expecting something cute (and short), I wasn’t prepared for what I got in this book.  I got a story with a really good romance, the good slow-burn kind that you can’t figure out if you want to slow down to keep enjoying the tension, or to hurry up so the tension doesn’t kill you.  The pacing in this book was perfect and just what I like in my YA contemporaries.  I also got a great friendship with Abby and Alice, I loved how supportive they were each other and how understanding Abby was about Alice’s anxiety attacks.  I really wish we had a book about Alice because it would be really interesting to see a character with anxiety deal with falling in love, among other things.  Last but not least, we see great character development, not just with Abby, but also with Zeke and Alice.

I will say that it took me a little while to warm up to Abby, it kind of seemed like she purposely looked for excuses to be mad at Zeke, just because he liked baseball, but once I saw her growing as a character I was able to forgive that and like her.  The ending was a little bit abrupt, I kind of felt like I was missing a chapter but I still felt like things wrapped up nicely.  I still want more though and I hope we get that bonus epilogue or even a novella.

This book was such a pleasant surprise for me!  I had a feeling I would like it because my blogger friends were liking it, but I didn’t expect to like it this much.  I would love to re-read this again.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more books by this author!  If you’re looking for a really cute contemporary with a great slow burn romance, you should check this one out.  You can also check out Nick’s review of this book if you need more convincing. πŸ™‚

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  • Alright already, I’ll make sure to read this as soon as I can. xD

    • The hype is well deserved Bee πŸ™‚ Hope you like it!

  • I like your A-Z’s πŸ™‚
    You got me at slow burn kind of romance.

    • Can’t get enough of slow burn romances!
      Thanks Ella, the ABC’s were fun to do πŸ™‚

  • I love how you did this review, Nereyda – really fitting for this book haha! I also found Abby’s attitude and hate towards baseball a bit irritating at the start – and even closer towards the end – it kinda felt like she was just finding excuses to avoid Zeke!

    • Yeah, she was a little tough to like at first but I ended up liking her anyway. Thanks Geraldine πŸ™‚

  • This book sounds great! I love your ABCs for it. How fun. πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, I hope you get a chance to try this!

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    • I’m glad to see it getting so much deserved hype, I hope you like it Grace πŸ™‚

  • This look super cute, can’t wait to read this! Love the way you did this review! πŸ˜€

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    • Thanks so much Kristin, it felt fitting for this book πŸ™‚

  • I purchased this one because of Nick so I’m happy to see you really liked it as well. I need to read this so I can get a review up on Amazon for that epilogue!

    • Nick is so bad for our TBR’s πŸ™‚
      I hope you really like this one Ali!

  • What a cool and unique review (I could never think of that many things in alphabetical order!)!! I need this book in my life! I love a good YA contemporary romance especially when they travel abroad!

    • There were two letters that weren’t cooperating, but I was determined to not let them win πŸ™‚
      I hope you get a chance to try this one Taylor!

  • I’m definitely interested in this one. I’m glad you quite liked it! The ABCs were fun!

    • Thanks Quinn, I hope you like it too!

  • What a fun review. I like the part about French. However, I would struggle a bit with Abby’s hate of baseball. Still this sounds like a great summery read to read in the winter.

    • We get to see how OBSESSED her family is with baseball, so I get why she resents it. Didn’t bother me that much πŸ™‚

  • This was no where near my TBR list because I usually don’t read contemporary novels, but you ladies have convinced me. I’m all about slow burn romances and anything set in France. <3

    • This is not set in France, but it’s all about her desire to go to France someday. So she needs to speak French really well in order to get to the good Paris school..
      It’s so cute though, hope you like it!

  • This sounds quite good! I need a nice sweet romance like this and I love slow burn romance.

    • I looooove slow burn romances! I feel like I’m always reading them with a smile on my face πŸ™‚

  • I have to read this, it sound so fantastic! I did purchase it, just have to get through some pesky ARCs first! Love the A to Z s!!

    • Ugh, those pesky ARC’s. I have a love/hate relationship with them πŸ™‚
      Hope you like this one Eva!

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    Love the format of the review!

    • I didn’t even have this on my radar cause I assumed it was a novella. It wasn’t until Nick pushed this on me and I let her control my TBR, so I was like ‘fine!’
      I’m glad I read it though, and thanks πŸ™‚

  • This review was so creatively done, Nereyda! I loved reading it, you used all the letters so cleverly <3
    Also great to hear that there's a strong female friendship in this book, they're not nearly as common as they should be!

    • Thanks Aentee! It was fun to put it together except for a few pesky letters that weren’t cooperating πŸ™‚
      And yes, it’s sad that especially in YA, good female friendships are so uncommon…

  • I love the ABC style review!! And W, that’s what I like to see in a YA book. Yay! This sounds really sweet πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Kim, I hope you end up liking this if you try it πŸ™‚

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  • I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH WHEEEEEEEE! I’m glad this book wasn’t what you expected, in the best of ways. We need that epilogue! I think we’re getting pretty close to 100 reviews… soon! *bounces* πŸ˜€

    Lovely review, Nereyda!

    I hope you enjoy this one when you get the chance to read it!

    Have a wonderful week. πŸ™‚

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  • I love the format of this review Nereyda! I do have it and I hope to read it soon πŸ™‚

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