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A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery – Review

Title: A Million Miles Away
Author: Lara Avery
Series: Standalone
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Source: Giveaway from Publisher
Genre: Contemporary, YA

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.

My thoughts

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This was truly a remarkable story about a girl named Kelsey, who loses her twin sister, Michelle, in a devastating car accident. This dealt with the loss of her sister and how she coped to try and make things right. She was so lost and wanted a way to keep her sister with her, so she started talking to her sister’s boyfriend, Peter. She does not intentionally fall for him, but as time passed she realized she fell in love with him. While she may not have gone about it the right way, I felt so bad for her and was rooting for her to over come her obstacles.

What I Liked
I loved the writing. The words were so eloquent and beautiful. I just about loved everything about it. I really liked Kelsey’s character. She was bubbly, smart, funny, and handled the death of her sister the only way she could cope. Yes, she pulled away from her friends a bit much, but I don’t think she did that to be mean. Sometimes people separate themselves in devastating situations because that’s all they know how to do. Some people like to be left alone. I liked how Kelsey grew into her own skin and started to realize how she and her sister were different, yet they were also alike. She knew her sister loved her in the end. I also enjoyed the chemistry between she and Peter. While he was away in Afghanistan, they wrote emails, letters, and talked to each other through Skype. They grew connected in a way that was very true, mostly honest, and nothing sexual at all. It was the way they connected through just plain old talking that I liked them all the more. I also, liked that when Kelsey realized Peter liked her for her and not her sister, she slowly became her true self. It was beautiful.

What I Didn’t Like
Although I thought Kelsey handled herself pretty well, I think she may have gone a little overboard with the situation of Peter. I think she should have told him the truth from the beginning, or at least shortly after. I think the situation between the two would have been dealt with better, but then again this wouldn’t be a book after all. Maybe if she told the truth from the beginning, they might have connected faster because he would know it’s truly Kelsey and not Michelle. Also, I think Kelsey’s parents should have been there more for her. They basically abandoned her because they were grieving all on their own. I know they are sad, but they can’t forget they have another child to take care of. By the time, her parents realize what has happened, it’s a little too late to do anything.

Overall, I really thought this was a beautiful, profound story. It was breath taking and had me in tears. I would read this again in a heart beat, and I will eventually! I would recommend this to anyone who loves romantic novels, or anyone that likes stories of personal growth. I will definitely be buying myself a finished copy when it comes out.     

I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.


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