A Million Miles Away
by Lara Avery
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.
★★★★☆ : Great! I liked this book!
Michell Maxfield died the day her soldier-boyfriend Peter was sent to Afghanistan. Kelsey, her identical twin, was the only one privy to their relationship and it hurt her more to learn that there was this side of Michelle that she never knew of. While Kesely aspired to become a dancer, Michelle was into arts and Andy Warhol. She and Peter had a lot in common, something Kelsey wasn’t really into at all.
Their parents, clearly devastated of their daughter’s passing, decided to cope up by inviting other people and support groups into their home, for guidance, attention and acceptance. But Kelsey was having none of it. The day she was supposed to retrieve something in Michelle’s room, was the day when Peter video called her from out of nowhere. Clueless of what happened to his girl, Kelsey pretended to be Michelle and soon we found Kelsey slowly falling in love with him.
The movie Mrs. Winterbourne (by Brendan Fraser) was what readily came to my mind when I first read the synopsis of this book. The mistaken twin identity, pretensions, falling in love with the different person. Somehow, I thought it would all fall back to one place, but in the grand scheme of things, I realized my assumptions were dashed and burned. This is no Winterbourne at all.
A Million Miles Away was rather poignant but realistically believable. The things Kelsey did were something I might have done myself, if I were a twin mourning my sister’s loss. Sure, the plot was predictable and had been tried on other novels, but Lara Avery made this story more convincing and heart-rending. Although I was a little apprehensive with the ending, it sent me the right vibes and had me sighing like a romantic fool. Overall, my experience with this book was great!
NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lara Avery is the author of Anything But Ordinary (Hyperion 2012) and A Million Miles Away (Little, Brown 2015), as well as the Director of Community Events at Revolver. Her work has also appeared in Bennington College’s anthology plain china: Best Undergraduate Writing of 2009, The Onion AV Club, ARTNews, and Women In Clothes (Blue Rider Press 2014).
Born in Topeka, Kansas, Lara studied film, cultural studies, and creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She now lives in Minneapolis where she is at work on a third novel for Young Adults, as well as a fourth novel about women’s basketball for general audiences.
In her spare time, Lara enjoys painting the town gray with her Revolver crew, shooting hoops, and making playlists.