A Long Way from You
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Challenges: Sophomore Challenge, Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 3.5 stars
For too long, Kitsy has had to satisfy her dreams of becoming a real artist by giving her friends makeovers before prom. So when her best friend Corrinne’s family offers to sponsor her for a summer art course in New York City, Kitsy bids a temporary good-bye to Texas to say hello to the West Village.
Between navigating the subway and the New Yorkers–namely, the Art Boy who has a nice trick of getting under her skin–Kitsy knows that this summer is going to be about a “lot” more than figure drawing.
A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley was an all around cute contemporary read. I was excited to see some of the characters back from Where I Belong as A Long Way from You follows Kitsy’s adventures through New York City.
I love Kitsy – she is just so spunky and fun and really, a character I see a bit of myself in. I also love the opportunities she is handed and everything she experiences! How cool! Iona was a character who really grew on me as the book went on – I absolutely loved her by the end! I also loved how Corrinne wasn’t necessary there in the book, but you still heard from her throughout Kitsy and her’s emails back and forth.
The big thing about A Long Way from You that I loved is just that Kitsy is going out to try to achieve her dreams. Yes, she has her reservations but she goes for it anyways. I just admire that strength and ambition and that was one of the best parts about the book. I loved seeing her escapades throughout New York – it was just so fun!
A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley was the perfect summer read – light hearted, fun, and a bit of adventure. Gwendolyn Heasley is an author to watch, especially for those who love contemporary!