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.
"Adorable, heartwarming, a keeper!" By Ashia 1 year ago
THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z is an adorable, heartwarming romance. I love the way they speak French to each other throughout the book. Though it's part of their French class, speaking French came to have other, more significant meanings for them. Yet, don't be deterred by all the French! Some phrases will be familiar (even I know what bonjour means!), but the author translates almost immediately. And hey, you might learn some words, too!
I thought Abby and Zeke were cute together, and their behavior were realistic and believable, and when Abby started to have feelings for him, their scenes became fraught with the will-he, won't-he type of vibe. I love that scene when they faced off against each other in the baseball trivia game; I thought the manner by which they get to kiss (first kiss!!) was awfully cute and thrilling. However, one thing I still don't understand, even after the Big Reveal that I didn't see coming, was all those phone calls Zeke would get. I mean, what's there to talk about that he would need to get so many calls?
While the main characters were done awfully well, I can say much the same for the secondary character--Alice, who is Abby's roommate and friend. She has her own personality and set of problems, she undergoes her own arc throughout the book and is not just there as a prop for Abby (though I have nothing against friends who serve as props/support for the main character. Not everyone is riddled with problems). Still, because of that, she is someone who the reader will surely remember. And I hope we get Alice's book one day where she will go on to overcome her problems. She is one brave girl.
I can't wait to read more from Natalie Blitt! THE DISTANCE FROM A TO Z is a keeper!