A Million Miles Away
Author: Lara Avery
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: July 7, 2015
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 – corresponding with Peter through e-mails, video chats, and handwritten letters – 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.
First Sentence: “Cops?”
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
When I first read the summary of A Million Miles Away, it reminded me of one of Lisa Kleypas’ fabulous adult books, Love In the Afternoon. I really enjoyed reading Love In the Afternoon – it is one of my favorite adult books – and was hoping would be similar to Love In the Afternoon since it has a similar “you’re not falling in love with the person you think you are falling in love with” plot. In the end, A Million Miles Away sadly wasn’t as strong as Love In the Afternoon was.
Her mother took a second to answer, the shape of her body so small in the door, next to the policeman. “Yes,” she said.
Kelsey’s dad reached for his daughter, found her hand.
“You may want to take a seat. There’s been an accident.” (ARC 27)
Right from the very first page, the writing for A Million Miles Away was a bit awkward, jumbled, and confusing (as in the sentences were so long and all over the place). As I read on, the writing of the book eventually smoothed out, but was never engaging. It was hard for me to connect with anything that was happening because of the writing – I always felt detached from the characters even though I would usually smile wistfully or be angry over what was happening. I think a part of the reason why I felt that way was because A Million Miles Away is a packaged book.
“Good luck, Peter.”
He flashed a grateful smile toward her, drifting toward the front door.
Inside her room, Kelsey lay back down beside Davis, bringing him to her, smelling like sleep. She hoped this Peter thing would work out for her sister.
Michelle should be so lucky, Kelsey thought. She really should. (ARC 19)
I was worried that A Million Miles Away wouldn’t be quite believable, that it wouldn’t pull off Kelsey taking over Michelle’s place realistically. I am happy to report that everything that had happened in A Million Miles Away was quite believable and that I didn’t spot any plot holes. However, the ending of A Million Miles Away was a bit too happily ever after for it to be realistic. I can’t explain it anymore because of things called spoilers, but people who have read A Million Miles Away would most likely agree with me about the ending.
Overall, there’s sadly not much to say about A Million Miles Away. If you’re looking for a book that might tug on your heartstrings and make you tear up, A Million Miles Away is the book for you.