Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on July 7th 2015
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review
Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, this breathtaking story of love and loss is guaranteed to break your heart and sweep you off your feet.
When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.
As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.
Here’s the situation: I really liked A Million Miles Away. I probably could have loved A Million Miles Away if it wasn’t for one kind of big issue. Either way, I liked a lot more than I didn’t, so I consider it a win. Plus, it gave me the feels, so that is always a big plus! This is going to have to be a likes/dislikes situation, so…
Things I Liked:
- The characters were fabulous and multi-faceted. Kelsey was very flawed, but still likable. You could see that she was coming from a place of genuine concern even when you wanted to grab her, shake her shoulders, and scream in her face. She exhibited some amazing character growth during the course of the book too! Then there’s Peter, and my goodness, how could I not swoon over him? He was such a sweet guy, but with so many problems of his own- I mean, he was fighting in war torn countries and stuff, how could he not?
Plus there is actual family interaction in this book! It isn’t just Kelsey trying to figure out what to do next, it’s the whole family learning to function in the world without Michelle. It’s both heartbreaking and hopeful, and absolutely refreshing.
- The emotions were heavy and I liked it. I mean, just think of the key words in the synopsis: Twin sister dies, Boyfriend deployed to Afghanistan.. how would you not have a huge case of the feels? A sibling dying would be horrific, but I think it really does hit twins harder. And poor Peter… he is not only literally fighting for his life in some forsaken desert, he doesn’t even know that his girlfriend is dead! But there are other emotions too, this isn’t all full of tears. There are lighthearted moments, and moments where you (again) want to shake Kelsey, and a lot of moments of pride for how far the characters have come.
- I really loved the writing. It was beautiful, and considering the subject matter, it was important for it to be so. It flowed very well, and kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I could hardly put the book down, because I was so eager to continue on the journey with Kelsey.
I really only had one problem with this story, in a sense, because it all falls under the same heading: Believability. The first thing that I didn’t quite understand is how it didn’t seem like a lot of people were really that concerned about Michelle’s death, outside of her family. I mean, maybe we just didn’t see that part, but I would have liked to know it existed. My other, much more major believability issue was that a lot of things tied together a bit too easily for my liking throughout the story. I have to be very vague here, but some reactions didn’t make sense, some conclusions didn’t make sense, and some things were way too coincidental for me to believe.
Bottom Line: I did like this a lot, and I think it is absolutely worth the read, especially if unrealistic bits don’t bother you. Even if they do, I think the story itself and the lovely characters and writing make this book worth it!
**Thanks to Novl Newsletter for the review copy**