The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt

The Distance from A to ZThe Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I would have given this 5 stars until I read the last page, turned it, and saw no epilogue. I have never been more angry with an author for her shitty ending ever. All that for nothing. I hate you, Natalie Blitt. You are the world’s meanest person. I am so furious I can’t even see straight.

That ending was some serious bullshit. If I wanted to “draw my own conclusion” or whatever I would write my own book.

I loved the first part of this book. I loved how Abby and Zeker were full, deeply flawed characters. Abby was so absorbed with irrationally hating all athletes because of her family’s total obsession with baseball that she has a hard time allowing herself to like Zeke. Zeke likes Abby so much that he doesn’t feel like he can be honest with her without losing her.

I loved the slow burn romance set against the summer program setting. This is one of my favorite settings. I loved how Abby sees things differently in French and wasn’t written to seem older than she was in the book. She was young, and immature, and made some poor choices, but genuinely cared about her friends and her goals. Abby and her roommate’s relationship was wonderful. I loved watching this friendship develop.

Abby and Zeke were a fantastic couple despite their issues. I loved watching their relationship grow and develop into more than a friendship. Which is why I felt completely ripped off at the end of this book. I can’t believe the author ended it like that- which no resolution, no epilogue, and no reassurance that things have worked out for the main characters. I know that there’s no contact between a reader and an author and that they’re in no way obligated to deliver the ending I want, but at times, depending on the tone of the novel, I feel like there almost is an implied agreement that the author won’t make you fall in love with two characters and a world for no reason. I feel like that’s what this author did. I’m not happy about it and I’m not sure I’ll read another Natalie Blitt novel.

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