Published June 5, 2012
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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.
The first thing that grabbed me about A Long Way from You was the killer summary. I loved that the main character, Kitsy Kidd, was from small town Broken Spoke and heads to the busy New York City to take a summer art class. I could easily connect with Kitsy because I'm from a tiny town and haven't really been exposed to any big cities, so Kitsy's reactions to NYC felt really honest and like how I'd react if I were in that situation.
I also adored all of the art in this book! Heasley gave us an awesome look inside NYC's Museum of Modern Art and reading about Kitsy's reaction to the beautiful paintings that surrounded her made me fall in love with art even more. It was really awesome to watch Kitsy grow, not only into her own person, but also as an artist. I loved how her art professor wasn't the most likable guy at times, but he still taught her a great lesson in the end.
The setting was flawless. It was amazingly described and I could really visualize myself waling the streets of New York with Kitsy, which is pretty awesome considering I've never been east of Ohio! I've never really thought about traveling until I read A Long Way for You, but like Kitsy, I learned that the world has so much to offer and I'm now dying to see it all!
Some unfortunate things happen in the book, but I felt they were necessary and very realistic. I found myself liking Kitsy even more after seeing how she handled the tough situations and loved how the negatives turn into positives.
The ending was beautiful. Thanks to Heasleys amazing descriptions of Kitsy's artwork and surroundings. I loved where all of the characters ended up and felt really lucky that I was able to go on this life-changing adventure with Kitsy.
"Driving down the dirt road sounds like more than a familiar sound track. It feels like a lullaby."
I still haven't read Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley, which is about Kitsy's best friend Corrinne moving to Broken Spoke, but now after reading Along Way From You I will definitely be picking it up soon! This book had the perfect mixture of art, adventure and self discovery. I can't wait to see what Heasley comes out with next.