A Long Way from You

 
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A Long Way from You
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June 05, 2012
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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.

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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!
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Hobbitsies Reviews: Much improved from the first book!
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Okay, so I have to admit – while Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley was a fun book, it also kind of drove me nuts. Corrinne was one of the most obnoxious characters I’ve ever read – and she was supposed to be. But Kitsy, one of the characters in Where I Belong, was adorable and admirable and so much fun, so I definitely had to pick up A Long Way from You because it’s her story.

Oh man, and I loved Kitsy’s story. Sure, Corrinne is just as annoying as ever, but Kitsy is adorably naïve and I just loved learning more about her life. She does not come from an easy background, that’s for sure. With a mother like that, whew. I just can’t even. I just loved seeing New York as Kitsy did and seeing her experience all these new opportunities. I thought Gwendolyn Heasley did a great job of getting Kitsy’s ohmygod feelings across.

The story in A Long Way from You was motivating and moving and fun. Kitsy is such an underdog, so the fact that she had this awesome summer art course in New York to get her experience and the fact that she was following her dreams even though there were so many things holding her back in Texas was really inspirational. And Kitsy goes through a lot in A Long Way from You, and I thought it was a really realistic and relatable portrayal about how hard it is to make the right decision.

I definitely enjoyed A Long Way from You way more than Where I Belong and I can’t wait to read more from Gwendolyn Heasley. A Long Way from You is the perfect book to read when you’re in want of a good contemp about a girl who has goals and dreams.

Review originally posted on my blog http://hobbitsies.net/2012/11/a-long-way-from-you-by-gwendolyn-heasley/
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