The distance from me to you – Marina Gessner


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.

My opinion

When I first started ‘The distance from me to you’, it reminded me a bit of ‘Into the wild’, a book that I absolutely love. This is more a YA version ánd the story ends well, though it has a tense ending.

Marina Gessner has a nice way of writing which makes the book easy to read. Especially the ending, that was so intense that I just had to finish the book because I wanted to know how it ended. I don’t really enjoy long walks and I would never make a trip like McKenna did, but she is inspiring and I admired her guts. McKenna doesn’t let anyone or anything hold her back, did her research thorougly even though she did make some irresponsible mistakes.

I’m glad ‘The distance from me to you’ had a happy ending, but the book only gets tense right at the ending. The beginning of the story reads well, but it feels a little slow. You really have to get into the story, but once you’re past that point, you really wanna know if McKenna finishes her trip through the Appalachian Trail.


‘The distance from me to you’ is inspiring and admirable. The pace in the book is slow, apart from the ending. That takes a while to get used to, but you’ll get curious enough to keep reading. I really loved it, even though I’m not into walking.


The distance from me to you by Marina Gessner
Published by Penguin Putnam Inc
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 339
ISBN: 9780399173233

You can buy the book at Book Depository, here.

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