The ABCs with Abby Berman from The Distance from A to Z (Natalie Blitt) + a Giveaway

Welcome to the ABCs, Character Edition.   Weekly this feature has always been a place for bloggers, readers, publicists and authors to show off there ABCs. Well Now the ABCs are also opened for authors to show off the ABCs for their main characters. You can still sign-up to post your own picks HERE or if you have a main character that wants to get in on the fun, sign-up HERE.

Today we have Abby Berman  from Natalie Blitt‘s book The Distance from A to Z sharing with us the accessories, books and clothes she is lusting after.

Let’s give a warm ABCers welcome to Abby to the ABCs, (and Natalie)!

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I’m so excited to be doing an ABC for Abby Berman, the main character in The Distance From A to Z. Truthfully, one of the problems with writing a book is that once it’s done, you can’t play with the characters anymore. But getting to “dress” and “style” Abby brought me right back into her world, and it was such a treat to go back to living with her in my head as I “pretend” she’s not someone I actually know.

So here’s what I’ve got!

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Accessory: French coffee cups
I won’t lie: there’s a lot of coffee drinking in this book. Abby loves coffee, as does her roommate Alice. And there’s a special scene that involves creating mugs with special quotes on them. I think that if Abby knew about these mugs she would definitely buy them, and then worry about giving one to Zeke. And think it’s silly that she bought them. And then take them out of the box to admire them over and over again. And then decide she’s just keeping both. And then give one to Zeke. And then… well, you know.

Books: TWO SUMMERS by Aimee Friedman
In real life, I have a massive author crush on Aimee Friedman. But I think this book in particular would really appeal to Abby, and not just because it’s all about spending the summer in France. Abby knows very well what it’s like to be pulled between two different “worlds,” and two different locations. Her life feels divided between her life in Chicago and the life she imagines she’d lead if she lived in France. And at the end of the book… well, the issue of geography comes back. I can imagine this as the type of book that Abby would adore and read over and over again.

Clothes: Haters gonna hate t-shirt from Busted Tees.
This one is kind of a no brainer since I actually used it as inspiration and it appears in the book. Let’s just say, Abby really likes it and it has a special meaning for her and Zeke. But clothing and funny t-shirts in particular hold a special place of honor in this book. I wish I could just make a listing of all the t-shirts I dreamed up or found online.

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Thanks Abby (and Natalie) for playing!

If you would like to play like Abby (and Natalie) did, sign-ups are open HERE.

Also Natalie has been kind enough to offer one winner an eBook of The Distance from A to Z. The giveaway is US ONLY. The prize will come directly from the author so if you should win your email address will be shared with the author. Runs until 1/27/16 12:00AM EST.

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Review: The Distance from A to Z – Natalie Blitt

Review: The Distance from A to Z – Natalie BlittThe Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Published by HarperCollins
Published: January 12th 2016
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five-stars

This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I have been waiting a really really long time for The Distance from A to Z to come out. I’m a huge sucker for cute contemporary romances and I was told that this was a mere book by someone that read an early copy. But as excited I was for reading it I was weary when I saw it billed as a book for Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally lovers. To me those are hard shoes to fill. Stephanie and Miranda are two of my favorite YA contemporary authors and people so I did take pause. I knew I was going to read it but I did so with lower expectations. Now I can tell you I was wrong to do that because if you love Perkins and Kenneally you really will love The Distance from A to Z. So fun and fantastic.

I will admit if I was going to mark this book down for anything it was the French. There was a lot but the translations were always there so I couldn’t even fault the story for that. I mean French was a huge ‘character’ in the book so it made sense it was in there. Now the baseball thing in the other hand…give me all the baseball. I’m a huge huge fan on baseball so I loved that that was the thread through the story.

I loved the setting being on a college campus in New Hampshire. There is something about putting high school kids in a setting with less supervision that helps to make stories like The Distance from A to Z work for me. These kids were good and didn’t get into too much trouble so it made it make more sense that they had the amount of freedom they had. Plus I loved the trip that was thrown in. That really added to the story. It all was just written really well and just worked.

Zeke and Abby. Abby and Zeke. I flipping loved these two. They had that kind of friendship/relationship that I love reading about and watching in TV and movies. There was a natural chemistry and push pull. They had things in common but were so different in so many ways.  Because of those differences I fell in love with them. I constantly found myself wanting more of them and when I finished I wanted to know more of their story.

And then there was Alice and Abby’s brothers. They were all parts of the story but in the sidelines. We got to know a lot about them through Abby but I wanted more of all of them. Abby’s family sounded like so much fun (especially as the baseball fan I am) and Alice has a story that needs to be told. I loved her relationship with Abby. As people say soul mates don’t have to be romantic and Abby and Alice proved that.

This book was just what I needed. Actually I have said more than once that I feel like it was written for me. It had everything I love in a book and it left me wanting more. After 300ish pages, which I read 97% in a sitting, I ended just wanting more words. It was fun and emotional and just really well written. I had high hopes when I heard about this one and Natalie Blitt did not let me down. Don’t miss this really great book.

Currently Natalie has a promotion going on for us readers to get #MoreAtoZ. Check out this post to find out how to get an epilogue and a bonus scene!

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The Distance from A to Z – #MoreAtoZ

 The Distance from A to Z – #MoreAtoZThe Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
Published by HarperCollins
Published: January 12th 2016
Buy on Amazon
Add to Goodreads

This full-length novel by debut author Natalie Blitt is a pitch-perfect blend of Stephanie Perkins and Miranda Kenneally that proves the age-old adage: opposites attract.

Seventeen-year-old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to wear baseball caps and jerseys every day.

But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between who she is and who he is is worth the risk.

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We want more A to Z!

Natalie Blitt’s debut book, The Distance from A to Z, has hit the shelves and the reviews are in. The consensus? Readers want more! They want more of the two main characters they fell in love with. Well fans you are in luck.

Natalie Blitt is going to give us all exactly what we want but we have to give her something in return. What is that something? A review on Amazon (you are welcome to review anywhere else as well, but for the number to count towards the goal it much be posted on Amazon).

Here’s the extras options:

If The Distance from A to Z gets 30 reviews on Amazon Natalie will release a deleted scene on her website

If The Distance from A to Z gets 50 reviews on Amazon Natalie will write a short scene that takes place within six months of the last scene of A to Z and post it on her website.

If The Distance from A to Z gets 100 reviews on Amazon Natalie will write a real epilogue that… doesn’t take place in the United States.

I don’t know about you, but seems really doable to get more of this fantastic story.Help us spread the word and share this on social media with the hashtag #MoreAtoZ! And post those reviews!

*level 1 has already been reached! You can read a deleted scene HERE
*level 2 has been reached! You can read a short “after the end” scene HERE

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Top Ten Tuesday – Newest Additions to my TBR

I add a lot of books to my TBR. I mean I do want to read them all but a lot of the time I add them so I don’t forget that they interest me so my TBR can be out of hand. But for today you don’t want to know the 10 I’m most embarrassed I haven’t gotten to, or the 10 that have been on my list the longest or 10 or your favorite covers on your TBR. This was simple. My last 10 adds. Piece of cake! So tell me, what are some of the newest on your TBR?

 

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Ice Like FireFirst & ThenWalk on Earth a StrangerVery in PiecesThe UnquietThe Distance from A to ZCrimson BoundCruel BeautyConspiracy of Blood and SmokePrisoner of Night and Fog

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Top Ten Tuesday photo made by me with covers from Goodreads. If you would like to use it please give credit.

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