The Long Distance Playlist by Tara Eglington
Published by Harper Collins on December 20th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Young Adult
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Told primarily in instant messenger conversations, Skype, emails and texts, this is Jaclyn Moriarty’s Feeling Sorry for Celia for the modern teen.
Taylor and Isolde used to be best friends – before THAT FIGHT, 18 months ago. It’s been radio silence ever since – until Taylor contacts Isolde to sympathise with her breakup: the breakup that she never saw coming; the breakup that destroyed her confidence and ended her dreams of joining the National Ballet School.
Taylor’s had his own share of challenges, including a life-altering accident that has brought his hopes of competing at the Winter Olympics to a halt.
Isolde responds to Taylor, to be polite. But what starts out as heartbreak-themed Spotify playlists and shared stories of exes quickly becomes something more.
And as Taylor and Isolde start to lean on each other, the distance between them begins to feel not so distant after all …
A boy. A girl. A one-of-a-kind friendship. Cross-country convos and middle-of-the-night playlists. With big dreams come even bigger challenges.
This book called out to me , the moment I saw the title. I ‘m a suck for a romance with a twist. This book couldn’t be more modern day if they tried. It’s a testimony of how modern technology has helped shaped love as we know it today.
I devoured this book , it’s the sort of read I seek when I want a good trope novel. Taylor’s and Isolde ‘s friendship was written in the stars. They have know each other since babies only separated by sea and land , which is nothing for them. They texted, wrote emails and kept in constant contact via technology . However the last few months, things have been different though until Isolde decides to open up to Taylor after things start to fall apart for her and she turns to the one person who would understand things.
From the opening pages of the book, there was something about these two .Their bond is obviously strong and even though time has weakened it by choice . It obvious there something special about this bond that has been forged since they were little.
It was nice to see they fell back into a tentative friendship first that is build into something more over the course of the book. They had their highs and lows as they navigated life over the course of the months, set dealing with their problems. They really got each other and it was nice to see Taylor willing to up to Isolde and show there is nothing wrong with sharing inner thoughts. It only made their relationship stronger and refreshing to see a relationship on equal footing.
Their families had a big role to play in this novel as well. They supported their choices despite their own problems. Their families interacting showing how deep the friendship goes despite how time and changes have affected their families. It really helped with the situation that unfold that Isolde was facing which cross over to Taylor’s world.
The playlists were a nice touch to help break up the book and described the stage of the story. It really made me invested into this book as I took the time belt out the songs in one particular playlist which helped drive this story home over the course of the book.
It’s not a book for everyone, I must admit. It’s one of those books you need time to savour and let it sink into you. These two teens are respected in their own fields , both carving paths and at a cross road. The format this story is told in is perfect for the book but won’t be everyone’s taste.
As someone who has lived in both countries that feature in the book. It was the best of both worlds for me personally. I could connect the places they lived in and enjoyed the whole grapple with their identities. I enjoyed this tale of friendship to lovers and it was the perfect read given the current climate.