Review: A Long Way from You by Gwendolyn Heasley

Goodreads summary:
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.


What I thought:
I really loved Corrinne in Where I Belong (though there is quite a bit of language in that one). Kitsy was okay, but funny at times, so I was curious to see how she would be with her own book. (I know - I'm talking like she's really a person even though she is completely fictional.)

Kitsy has never been outside of Texas, and really never outside of her little, one-stoplight town. She has a chance to go to New York to stay with Corrinne's family and take a prestigious summer art class. So, she takes the opportunity the summer before her senior year.

I love Heasley's sarcastic and humorous writing. It just works for me. I really loved Kitsy in this one. I also loved the environment of New York and seeing it through Kitsy's eyes. She has some fairly challenging experiences in self-growth. I think we all do at that age. There were some things I was a little torn on and some things Kitsy was a little too naive on, but then I'd have to remember that she was from a small town and she is completely out of her element and on her own.

Overall, this was a very fun and cute read!

Content: Some innuendo, smoking, and drinking
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication date: June 1, 2012 by HarperTeen
Source: Library
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6 comments

  1. I also enjoyed this one! A very sweet read :)

    Jen @ YA Romantics

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  2. Ooh haven't heard of this book or author! I am generally a fan of YA contemporary so I will have to check it out -- great review!

    Eva @ All Books Considered

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    1. Do check it out! I really enjoyed it! If you like contemporary, have you read The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith or Just One Day by Gayle Forman? The first one I loved! The second one I posted a review of and you may want to take a look.

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  3. Sounds very cute. A light fun read. I may have to try this one when I'm looking for something light and easy. Thanks for the review. :)
    -Amber

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    1. Yes, definitely not too serious.

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