Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015
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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 has been advertised as Wild meets Endless Love which is an interesting comparison if you ask me. Anyway, I think the concept of a high school graduate hiking the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia was fairly fascinating if you ask me. I loved the beautiful prose of this work and I liked the characters quite a bit. The Distance From Me to You has its fair share of strengths and weaknesses, but it’s still a book that stuck with me, and that alone counts for something.
McKenna was a determined and driven lead character. I loved how independent and fearless she was. Though she encountered many hardships along her journey, she never turned around and went back home. She was extremely resourceful and intelligent, I loved the research that she did to prepare as she hiked. Sam’s past was completely heartbreaking and I totally sympathized with him. He’s sort of your typical popular good looking love interest, but he also was more complicated than that. However, I think the author could have resolved it and dug even deeper than the way she left his story. I felt like there was still so much left to uncover and it disappointed me that we didn’t get that.
The relationship between McKenna and Sam was pretty darn swoon worthy. I did feel like it moved a little on the fast side, and it was pretty much a case of insta-love which I am never typically happy with. Sam does draw back from McKenna in the beginning, but there is still an instant attraction that the two clearly have. In the end, the pair as a couple was believable to me. I felt like they balanced each other out well and they took care of each other, which is something that you don’t always get a chance to see in YA books.
I will admit, the book does have some fairly obvious flaws and I feel like a lot of things weren’t addressed as often as they should have been. As a whole, the story was still fast paced and intriguing. I felt like the parental figures could have had more development, but the author was telling McKenna and Sam’s story, not the parents. I recommend this for Young Adult lovers who like romance and unique plots.