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A Long Way From You

A Long Way From You
By Gwendolyn Heasley
HarperTeen, 2012
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
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.

So, I read the first book, which I suppose is a companion book. Maybe one day it'll be a series. Anyway, the first book is Where I Belong, and I read it because of the cover. How cute is it?! I know, right. The cover didn't live up to the story. It wasn't my favorite.

I spotted A Long Way From You on the shelf, and I thought, "Ooo, that looks good." Then I saw that it was a companion to Where I Belong. Ehh. I read the back anyway. I got so excited when I saw it was about Kitsy! Seriously, the best part of Where I Belong was Kitsy.

The only time I didn't like A Long Way From You was when Corinne was there. I think the problem with the first book was not the story, but the fact that I didn't like her (even though she could've been brattier.) Frankly, she was shallow. She did learn, though.

I was so happy to learn more about Kitsy and watch her grow. I loved the ending and I am so glad that I bought this one and read it right away. It was fantastic, a HUGE improvement from Gwendolyn Heasley's first novel, and I am hoping for a third book about Iona.


P.S. - If you didn't want to visit NYC before, you'll want to after reading this book! I want to take a trip.