Review: The Distance from A to Z

the distance from a to zTitle: The Distance from A to Z

Author: Natalie Blitt

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult


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.

First things first. How can anyone hate baseball? Or the Cubs? I don’t even follow the Cubs and I like them. (Sorry, I’m a true dyed blue Blue Jays fan. Long-suffering and everything but not as long as the Cubs.)

This book is cute. The French to English translation which was constant was a little bit annoying as someone who can understand more French than not.

Abby at first seemed like a really unforgiving character and it could bother me a little bit, but I grew to like her over time as she was so good in her friendship with Alice.

Zeke I pretty much liked from the beginning, and I must say he was a lot more patient with Abby than I would be. The two of them together were fun to read and overall I think this book was a good, quick, fun read.

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