Across the Distance

Across the Distance

by Marie Meyer


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"I could not put it down... Loved it!"
— Jen McLaughlin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455590964
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Marie Meyer is a teacher who spends her days in the classroom and her nights writing heartfelt romances. 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 with her husband.

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Across the Distance 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its actually a good book. But i found it boring. I wanted more passion. It was a sweet neat and tidy love story. Little bit of angst but it just wasnt my thing. But its a good book, well written.
JRHoward More than 1 year ago
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review** Of all the tropes that exist in the romance genre, friends to lovers has to be one of my favorites, and I absolutely loved the sweet, enticing build-up in ACROSS THE DISTANCE.  Jillian and Griffin have been best friends their entire lives. He's been by her side through all of her struggles and seen all of her emotional scars. But when Jillian moves a thousand miles away to go to college, and Griffin's band takes off, they really get to experience what their lives are like without each other and realize how much they need each other. What I really loved about this story was that although Jillian struggles with some deep issues surrounding her parents' death, it was only a small part of the story. The book delicately dealt with her struggles without making them the front and center. As well, the relationship between Jillian and her sister, Jennifer, felt so realistic in the fact that not every sibling relationship is a positive one. Griffin was nearly impossible not to fall for, and completely swoon-worthy.  ACROSS THE DISTANCE had such a smooth writing style that I easily found myself turning the page, and before I knew it, I'd finished the entire thing in one sitting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot begin to express my love for this book. It is heartfelt and describes issues that most others are too terrified to write about. The fact that Marie Meyer had the guts to go ahead and tell this part of her story anyway makes me look up to her all the more. Definitely worth the read, with just the right amount of feel-good moments but also bringing the reality of loss and struggle into light.
Samantha_Alice More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down once I began! Jillian and Griffin are so naturally in love with one another and I loved that! The two have grown up together with Griffin as her best friend and protector. The path to becoming a couple is less than easy when Jillian doesn't want to lose Griffin by pushing something other than friendship and Griffin trying to sort out how to convey his feelings appropriately to Jillian. I loved watching Jillian begin to shape herself and grow. She made friends while away at college while processing her growing need for Griffin. I adored Griffin's character and how well he was suited for Jillian. The two fit together like two pieces of a heart puzzle. The sizzle between them is more than lust which makes the tumble into sex all the more sweet. If you are a sucker for childhood friends turning to lovers and protective make characters, this is so your kind of read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little too realistic for my taste. That's not to say it wasn't good, its just not something I enjoyed. There is enough tragedy in the real world, and I avoid it or try to get away from it by reading something that makes me smile.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Fiza Pathan for Readers' Favorite Across the Distance by Marie Meyer is the story of Jillian Lawson and Griffin Daniels who were best friends since they were six years old. Later their friendship blossomed into a love so powerful that not only does it bring a smile to your face but a tear to your eye. Across the Distance is a perfect love story denoting to the reader that love sometimes can be friendship and that love is the basis of friendship; and finally, a strong friendship becomes even more beautiful when it evolves into love. This narrative is the tender love story of the passionate Jillian, a student designer, and her upcoming rock star, best friend Griffin. More than just romance, Across the Distance shows us that we must never cheat ourselves out of happiness, especially when that happiness is for the good of the ones we love the most. Jillian, throughout her life, held herself responsible for the tragic deaths of her mother and father during the 9/11 terrorist attack…it was Griffin at that time who helped to pull her through and who ultimately, as a true loving friend, gave her a new lease on life. Across the Distance is about these rare friendships that we search for every day in the eyes of those we care for. Sarah, Chandra, Ren, and Jennifer are some other great characters whom we meet in this book that make the narrative even more colourful. The novel is excellent and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters. I would recommend Meyer’s novel to adults above 18, especially to those who have found their soul mate in the form of their once true best friend. The emotions in Across the Distance tend to consume all the senses of the reader, making it a fantastic page turner. Minimal descriptions but a lot of suspense make the story of Jillian and Griffin a wonderful read. This book is a winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read & very well written!
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sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy friends-to-lovers books, you will enjoy this one. It is a good book to read in the summer.
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EllenParker More than 1 year ago
A Year of Transition Jillian faces the move to out-of-state college with many of the mixed feelings expected. Plus a few caused by her past. Will the thousand miles between them change everything between her and Griffin? He’s been her life-saver, literally at least once, when guilt over her parent’s death threatened. Griffin has always cared for Jillian but has demonstrated great restraint in letting her grow at her own pace. Now, with his rock bank finding success, he finds a Jillian shape within his heart. New to the New Adult, genre, I found this an enjoyable read. It brought back memories of that first, memorable year of college. You remember, the time when you discovered how little you actually knew – about your major and life. It was a delight to accompany Jillian and Griffin on their journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put down. Had to continue straight through. Have to read more from this wonderful author. Enjoyable. Refreshing. Quite the love story. Do not miss out on this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time reading this author. Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful. I couldn't put it down once I started and stayed up late into the night to finish. Marie Meyer has a bright future! 
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gaele More than 1 year ago
This debut offering from Marie Meyer is surprisingly well-crafted with solid voices, issues and a nice balance that displays some angst without huge dollops of drama.  Across the Distance is about surviving loss and change only to realize that sometimes the friend who was there in the hard times is JUST what you need for now.  Jillian and Griffin have been friends for years: snippets of their lives as children are sprinkled through the story.   Now, Jill is away at university and Griff’s band is finally making a splash: Jill’s not sure that she can, or wants to  handle yet another loss.   With several issues brought forward including depression, survivor guilt, self-harm and the attacks of 9-11 that  took Jill’s parents, there are plenty of issues that could be quagmires for drama, overreach and angst. But Meyer adds these details in with sensitivity, never quite allowing them to be THE defining character traits, but pieces in the larger puzzle that is a person.  Interactions and responses are beautifully drawn and develop with a natural feel, you want Jill to find some happiness and a sense of belonging, and it is the progression and  growth that she shows that make her a standout.  Jill’s sister Jennifer and their trying relationship goes through changes and hits roadblocks as well, and while  they never really find the closeness that I believe they both desire, they are taking steps to work toward those moments, even as Jennifer has her own trials to face.  Additionally, Meyer uses the new friendships with Chandra and Sarah to enhance the story, thankfully free from the frenemy sort of ‘support’ that is half-hearted at best, detrimental at worst.   But just when the story could have stood as just Jill’s and her trials and struggles, we have Griff.  As Jill’s protector and stalwart friend for years, the gradual reveal of his feelings for her, and the sweetness to which  their friendship moved through tentative flirtation through a solidly HEA worthy romance was presented and grew organically and solidly.  In some respects, this is a second chance at redefining a life, and making the  best of the now, despite what ailed you in the past.  Jill’s story is a hopeful and beautiful one, showing that the  past will always have an effect on your future, but it needn’t define it, if you are brave enough and willing to take a chance.   A story that dances on the NA line of a YA read, it was a fabulous debut and well worth the time to read.  I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book last night. All of it. In one sitting - or lying - since I was in bed. You may need tissues if you read it. I did, because the issues hit so close to home. SO close to home. 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 is beautiful. I always feel like I'm in the story with the characters. I'm eating a blueberry muffin with Griffin (or I want to be, because UMMM hottie rock god!) 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 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.