Published by Poppy on July 7, 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Girls & Women, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: Review Copy
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.
This book. This book.
I don’t really know how I feel about A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery, but I also can’t say that I wouldn’t recommend it to someone. Because, in a way, this was one of the best written novels I’ve read so far this year. Avery has a way of totally sucking you in to a story and making you believe in everything that she’s written, forcing you to root for characters you’re not exactly sure you want to root for and making it nearly impossible to put the book down. And it’s for that reason that I give A Million Miles Away a resounding “yay” review.
However, if I had to judge this piece of Avery’s work on storyline alone, I might be more inclined to recommend that people pass this novel up in favor of another tale. And the reason is simple really. I found that the relationship between Kelsey and Peter was less cute and more creepy. I mean the girl was not only pretending to be her dead twin sister, but she was dating her sister’s soldier boyfriend while he’s serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Seriously. I mean, that’s just too out there, even for me. He flies her to Paris, for goodness sake!
But when Avery isn’t focusing on Kelsey and Peter’s strange relationship, her writing is so beautiful and graceful while developing Kelsey’s relationship and understanding of her sister after her death. These moments are sweet and heartbreaking and important to the overall story and character development and I just couldn’t get enough.
I just have so many mixed emotions on how I felt about this book, that everyone should read it and form their own opinions. But please, ignore the unbelievable and improbable last chapter. Please.