Friday, May 8, 2015

Blog Tour: Across the Distance by Marie Meyer

There's a drawer I never open. It holds a picture I never look at. It reminds me of a day I hate to remember, but I'll never forget.I'd give anything to be like the other girls on campus. Going to parties, flirting with boys, planning for a future. But that's not me. And hasn't been since the day my parents died. The only thing that got me through was Griffin. Even though I didn't have my family, I always had him. Only, now I'm not so sure I do.

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 . . .

3.5 Star Review by Jen Hagen

Jillian is leaving for college. She has been looking forward to this day for a long time to get out from under her older sister’s foul attitude and continual blame towards Jillian. Their parents died 12 years ago when Jillian was 6, and Jillian’s sister has never been able to move past the blame-game. When their parents died, the sisters moved in with their grandparents. Griffin was the neighbor boy who immediately took the role of protector towards Jillian. Griffin and Jillian have been the best of friends, but their immediate future has them going separate way. Griffin is chasing his dream by being the lead singer for a band and Jillian has chosen to attend college 1100 miles away in an attempt to begin a new life. She is sad to leave Griffin, but knows that there will never be anything between them since the night that she kissed him and he pushed her away.

College isn’t the experience that Jillian thought it was going to be. She is alone, overwhelmed and misses Griffin horribly. She spends a lot of her time crying, and it seems like Griffin is the only person that can ever get her spirits and goals back on track. Griffin is a really good guy. He knows the difficulties that Jillian has faced in her life and the fear of the night he almost lost her lingers in his memories, never wanting to go down that path again.  

The only thing that Jillian and Griffin have now to tie themselves together is the wonderful invention of modern technology – phone calls, texts, and Facetime. Things feel off though… Griffin is meeting producers and not including Jillian in on the details until after the fact making Jillian feel like she is a million miles away from him -- and of course there’s always Griffin’s girlfriend wanting his attention.  

So are these two going to see that what they both want and need is what was there all along? Or will their friendship be the most important thing between them and not willing to be sacrificed?

I would willingly give my broken heart, my fractured soul, and scarred body to him if he wanted it.

Jillian finally has Griffin within her grasp, but no matter how hard she holds on there seems to be a stronger force wanting them apart.

He had never given up on me. I wouldn’t give up on him now. The images of Griffin’s tattoos popped into my head – Always hopes. Always perseveres.
I’ll hope. I’ll persevere.

As much as I love a friends-to-lovers coming of age story, this one just didn’t hold it for me. I am an angst lover and this was missing that. The writing was good, but for me it didn’t hold my attention long enough. If you are looking for a break from angst, then I would suggest this as it is a quick, sweet read.

About Marie Meyer
Marie Meyer was a Language Arts teacher for fourteen years. She spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt new adult romances that will leave readers clamoring for more. She is a member of RWA and the St. Louis Writers Guild. Marie's short fiction won honorable mentions from the St. Louis Writers Guild in 2010 and 2011. She is a proud mommy and enjoys helping her oldest daughter train for the Special Olympics, making up silly stories with her youngest daughter, and bingeing on weeks of DVR'd television shows with her husband

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