A Million Miles Away
by: Lara Avery
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Poppy
Source: Netgalley, in exchange of an honest 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.
Kelsey and Michelle are twins, while they are identical by looks, their personalities are anything but alike. Kelsey is the outgoing and carefree twin, where Michelle is the genius artistic one. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes, and Michelle passes away. Of course this is very hard on the family as a whole, but especially for Kelsey.
Peter is Michelle’s boyfriend, and at the time is deployed overseas. Kelsey wants to make things right and let Peter know what has happened to Michelle, but when she gets a video phone call from him, she can’t bring herself to tell him about Michelle, so, Kelsey pretends to be her.
Writing this review is very hard for me. A Million Miles Away, is a book I wanted to love, but unfortunately, I was left unsatisfied and unimpressed.
The characters in this book are bland, detached, and without chemistry. I wanted to feel Kelsey’s pain. I wanted to feel the hurt she felt every time she lied to Peter, but that just wasn’t the case. The emotion that the author tried to portray felt forced.
This book had so much potential to be great. I think had this book been a New Adult novel and the author not play everything so safe, she could have really done something great. The idea was there, the execution eh, not so much. This is something that upsets me with Ya novels. The author thinks because the audience is younger, you should keep the book safe. Safe isn’t always better.
The most unsatisfying part about this book though, had to be the ending. I was hoping for some kind of wow factor, and it just wasn’t there.