So I may have fawned a little over Kitsy in my review of Where I Belong. She is just such a genuine, likable character. She’s sweet and kind and embracing. I just adore her. And for those reasons and the promise of this mysterious “Art Boy,” I was completely excited to have her as the main character in A Long Way from You. We needed to get her out of The Spoke!
Kitsy meets a few people during her time in New York that really made this book pop. From Art Boy to her new art school friends, all of their personalities were unique and interesting and what I would image true New Yorkers are like. Of course, I was completely smitten with Art Boy. He takes Kitsy on a whirlwind of New York staples and helps her experience New York Moments. Gwendolyn Heasley does a fabulous job describing it all so richly. I felt like I was the one walking around New York!
We get to see Corrinne and her family, which was really fun. Though, I was sad to discover a certain couple was a couple no longer. But I get why it didn’t work.
The “love” story in this book was really interesting. And complicated. I hate when a love interest disappoints me in a book. Especially when I was totally into him, as was our Kitsy. But then I get mad at myself for wanting our leading lady to develop something with said love interest when she has a boyfriend at home. It’s a double-edged sword and Gwendolyn Heasley has handled it expertly in A Long Way from You.
You see, this book isn’t really about a love triangle. I mean, yes, Kitsy may get a little confused there for a little while, but it’s mostly because of the overwhelming new experiences she’s going through in New York. A Long Way from You is really about a girl who’s never been able to put herself first or dream big. Someone who’s had to take on a lot more responsibility at her young age than it’s fair, and has done it with a smile. While in New York, she’s now able to glimpse at a life where her passion comes first.
So if you need a book that will certainly make you smile, full of art, friends, and New York, this is a perfect choice.
A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley
Series: Where I Belong #2
Published by HarperTeen
Pub Date: June 5th 2012
Format: Paperback | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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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.