Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Keeping the Distance by Clarisse David

Publication Date: February 6, 2017

Genre: Young Adult Romance

[Special thanks to the author for the review copy!]

Goodreads Summary:

No bets. No fake relationships. Just a very real one that has to be kept under wraps.

Seventeen-year-old Melissa wants to dye her hair cotton candy pink and focus on her ukulele instead of Physics. But she can’t. As the daughter of a Catholic school principal, living up to her model student image 24/7 is a must. Something’s about to give under all the pressure. She only hopes it isn’t her.

Getting involved with a troublemaking basketball player is the last possible thing she needs…

Lance is used to getting what he wants. With a pretty face he uses to full advantage and his role as co-captain of the basketball team, the easy way is the only way he’s ever known. Until the day he notices the prim Melissa he’s known forever is actually hot and decides to ask her out. He has no idea he’s about to learn the lesson of a lifetime.

Not getting what he wants might exactly be what he needs…

My thoughts:

First of all, I would like to apologize for the 10-month delay of this book review. I was trying to deal with so many things all at once and I eventually forgot that I still need to write this one.

Better late than never, so here I go.

Keeping the Distance captured teenage struggles in a hate-to-love romance that touched my heart.

Melissa Ortiz easily became a favorite #romanceclass MC because of her “rebellious streak underneath all that pastel” and her courage to finally show it. Maybe I liked Melissa too much that she became an inspiration. Maybe it’s because, under slightly different conditions, I could fit in her shoes.

Lance Ordonez is remarkable. He dropped his ego to pursue Melissa, and he stood up for Melissa when it mattered the most. I love how he tried to make Melissa’s dad understand what Melissa was going through, and how he fought for Melissa while doing his best to remain polite. He might be described as a troublemaker, but he kept his values and I like that very much.

Lance and Mel had simple but very romantic moments that made my heart dance with glee. Sure, their pick-up lines would have sounded better if said in Filipino, but their snappy banter created the tension which made their relationship more adorable. I loved their secret dates, and I loved what they did for each other. Their relationship worked because both of them were willing to deal with what kept them apart. They went against the odds and got through the obstacles together.

Migs Almendras and Gracielle So read an excerpt from this book during #AprilFeelsDay2017, and they were perfect as Lance and Mel. They made me love the book even more.

Keeping the Distance is a beautiful story of learning to embrace who you truly are in a world that expects you to be someone else. It’s finding love at a time when nothing’s certain and choosing to fight for it anyway.

It’s a book that made me want to be brave. ❤

Final Rating: 4.5/5


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