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Is it the smooth writing that did it for me? Maybe. Maybe it's the way the characters interact and talk — their natural chemistry? Possibly. Is it because it’s fundamentally a story of second chances? That’s definitely there. What about the fact that it’s about two best friends, who are so good together, to each other, and for each other that you want and hope they’ll realize that they are better together than apart? Yes, that’s there too. Is it because Marie Meyer expertly ties all these elements together with a sub-plot of a tragic loss that is relatable on a visceral level? Absolutely.
Jillian, our protagonist, deserves a shot at happiness. Her scars are not only skin deep, but also soul deep. This is not another book that works in 9-11 just to get emotional points. This is a book whose emotions are so relatable that anyone whose lost loved ones to a tragedy, or understands that sometimes the smallest decisions have life-long implications, will want this young woman to find a path to happiness. And he’s right there — always has been -- her best friend, Griffin.
This is a beautifully written book, with a deep story line, set in a world that’s real…sometimes too real. Brilliant work, by a talented writer. I look forward to more books by Marie Meyer. The future of NA is bright! I highly recommend it.
It's not just the eleven hundred miles separating us now that I'm at college. Or his band finally taking off, and all the gigs and girls suddenly demanding his time. It's as if everything is different-the way we talk, the way we text . . . the way he looks at me and the way those looks make me feel.
Griffin has been the only good thing in my life since that horrific day. But I can feel our friendship slipping away-and I'm terrified of what will be left in its place . . .
WOW!! What a fantastic debut book!! The writing was amazing and the story ROCKED!! Jillian's story was heartbreaking! It was incredible to see how much stronger she became throughout this book! I loved her & Griffin!! He was her rock and I loved every page of this book!!
A MUST READ!!
Marie Meyer has the ability to eloquently and masterfully write about characters who have lived through a horrific tragedy and writes their story so emotionally intense and real, while still telling a gorgeous story of love and trust and compassion. Her writing and descriptions of setting and action are beautiful. I always feel like I'm in the story with the characters. Whether I'm at Jillian's college, in design class with her or eating a blueberry muffin with Griffin (or I want to be, because UMMM hottie rock god!), I'm there. Meyer's voice is strong and funny.
There aren't enough words to describe Griffin. I'm not even talking in my usual hot Rock Star alert way. He was strong, sweet, loyal, compassionate. He never let Jillian down. And when "things" happen in the book, they don't seem forced or contrived for a plot line. It's a normal friendship, a normal relationship, the ups and downs of living life long distance from someone you love.
Meyer makes me feel the sadness and anger and emptiness of two girls who have to deal with the most horrible thing that could happen to children. My heart hurts for them. The portrayal of the differences in how two sisters grow up and handle grief is heart wrenching, yet extremely accurate.
ACROSS THE DISTANCE is a well written, heart-tugging, but still uplifting story. Meyer just sealed herself a spot on my "One-click the crap out of all her books" list.
They were raised by there grandparents in St Louis, Illinois. The only positive an saving grace comes from by way of her grandparents next door neighbor Griffin.
Three all the pain and darkness shrouding Jillian, she finds relief and adrenalin high in cutting her skin, to escape her guilt. Griffin being her best friend and always a constant supporter for Jillian. Griffin get Jillian counseling and loves her silently always promising to be their for Jillian. Even after both Jillian grandparents passes away. Griffin remain connected as a best friend to Jillian.
Jillian lives with her sister and her family, in which isn't healthy for Jillian. Because her sister Jennifer is a miserable an still blames Jillian for both parents death. Her sister lives a grieving unhappy live with her husband Matthew. Their relationship is strained as well.
Jillian goes 1200 miles away to college. To escape her sister, and tyres hard to put her painfully past behind her.
So in following her dreams in being a fashion designer, Jillian learns to be stronger and self reliant, all the while realizing just how much a force of LOVE Griffin is in Jillians life. While he is a lead singer an bassist in his Back Shaft.
The band fame explodes into popularity, and Griffin realizes more than ever the he misses Jillian and that he's truly an utterly IN LOVE WITH JILLIAN.
WHAT A WONDERFUL true to life story. Loved it!
I highly recommend the book. Believe me you'll want a read the next book, like I do Lol.
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