Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner

The Distance From Me to You
Author:  Marina Gessner
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 352 pages
Publication Date:  October 20, 2015

From Goodreads:
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.

Really enjoyed this one. I would never, in a million years, hike the Appalachian Trail but I loved reading about MacKenna's struggles. She was smart and resourceful and she never lost sight of her goal. I also appreciated her desire to get away, leave technology behind, and just live in the moment.

I felt so bad for Sam and his life, I just wanted to give him a hug.  

Let me just say, the last 20% or so of the book was INTENSE.

My biggest complaint is the open ending. Realistic, but I wanted to know what happened!  This is one of those books that needed an epilogue.  I sort of wrote one in my head so I'm going to pretend that's what happened.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. UGH WHAT IS WITH OPEN ENDED BOOKS. I am someone who would hike the Appalachian trail so I think that aspect would really appeal to me. Call me intrigued!

  2. I've been eyeing this book.. It sounds great and all but what's with the ending.. I'm still definitely reading this though (but maybe I'll be hoping for a novella or something if that's the case with the ending, haha)..

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  3. I love that the book gets intense. Love those feelings!

  4. I wanted to read this book but then heard about the ending. :/ That would make me way too frustrated/sad! Otherwise it sounds like a lovely book!