The Distance From Me to You – Marina Gessner | ARC Review

Pages: 339 Paperback
Publication date: October 20th, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Received from Penguin Random House Canada
Rating:  5 out of 5
Series: N/A


Wild meets Endless Love in this multilayered story of love, survival, and self-discovery.

McKenna Berney is a lucky girl. She has a loving family and has been accepted to college for the fall. But McKenna has a different goal in mind: much to the chagrin of her parents, she defers her college acceptance to hike the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia with her best friend. And when her friend backs out, McKenna is determined to go through with the dangerous trip on her own. While on the Trail, she meets Sam. Having skipped out on an abusive dad and quit school, Sam has found a brief respite on the Trail, where everyone’s a drifter, at least temporarily.

Despite lives headed in opposite directions, McKenna and Sam fall in love on an emotionally charged journey of dizzying highs and devastating lows. When their punch-drunk love leads them off the trail, McKenna has to persevere in a way she never thought possible to beat the odds or risk both their lives.


This book was amazing.

Marina Gessner is a pen name for Nina de Gramont. I’ve never read any of her other work but after reading this I will not hesitate to pick any up. This is a YA contemporary romance about a girl, McKenna who hikes the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia. McKenna’s supposed to go hiking with her best friend before heading off to University but last minute her best friend backs out but that does stop McKenna. She decides she will hike Appalachian Trail alone. She’s not alone for long though, McKenna meets a boy, Sam who’s also hiking by himself and they find themselves bumping into each other for a while.

This isn’t your typical YA contemporary romance. As much as it has all the components of YA romance it also incorporates very realistic situation, struggles and outcomes. And I believe that’s great for young readers, it's great to find amazing stories about realistic situation, in this case, realistic young romance. Not every situation in life will be easy and things won’t always turn out the way we want them too but that doesn’t always mean it’s not a happy ending. I highly recommend this book, Mckenna's adventure is worth reading.

Another reason I really enjoyed this book is because we follow a strong female protagonist. McKenna is brave and strong and wants to prove everyone she can thru hike by herself. She wants to prove to every single person she’s encountered and has judged her and doesn't believe she can make it to the end of the trail just because she’s a young women. There are times McKenna’s judgement lapse or when she doesn’t speak up when she should but no one’s perfect. It makes her character realistic.

At first the writing style caught me off guard, it’s written in third person, which isn't odd but it caught me of gaurd, I guess I just expected this to be written in first person. However, I really enjoyed how the author wrote this book, it’s very descriptive and I could picture everything very clearly, from the character to the atmopshere and the setting of the book. I could easily connect to the characters because of all the character description. 

I highly recommend this to readers who enjoy YA contemporary romance, books about adventure, hiking, nature and camping. Majority of this book takes place on Appalachian Trail so, I recommend this to readers interesting in this topic. I loved this! 


Thanks for reading, 
Alexa Talks Books

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