Monday, September 28, 2009

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson

Amazon.com: Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don’t get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip. They’re searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny’s unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, “Things are not always what they seem.” Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone.

The Miles Between
explores the wonder and magic of a very real world where chance, mystery, and secrets abound.

I love the idea of coincidences that The Miles Between explores. Because this happened, this could happen, but not this and so on and so forth. To me that's the real strength of the book. In most cases coincidences look too easy or awkward in a book but since that's the theme of this book it works out wonderfully. I couldn't get enough of some of the coincidences that Destiny shared.

I was never too sure how I felt about Destiny throughout the book. She came off odd and closed off for a sort of fuzzy reason that isn't explained. Thankfully we eventually find out why, but until then I was left scratching my head at some of her behavior and her background. It kind of distracted me from the story, not knowing the reason. Thankfully Destiny wasn't the only character in the book and we have three more of her classmates that take this journey with her to balance her out. I liked seeing them help her open up to a variety of things on this one fair day. These 4 students could find themselves in a lot of trouble but through coincidence things happen in a rather clever and humorous way.

For me the book really grabbed my interest about 3/4ths of the way through so I'm really glad I kept at it. I had a lot of questions throughout the book and I'm happy to report they were all answered! I suspected a few things but my jaw still dropped when everything was revealed. I found The Miles Between to be a different sort of book that's great to read if you're willing to stick with it for an interesting outcome.

The Miles Between was released on September 1st.
Genre: Young Adult
3.5/5 Stars
ARC provided by Amazon Vine

6 comments:

  1. This one sounds very interesting. I've added it to the wishlist!

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  2. Have you read The Room on Lorelei Street by Pearson? One of my favorite books ever.

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  3. *Just* won this book on a blog and can't wait to start reading it!!

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  4. Susan- No I haven't, will have to look into it!

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  5. I loved this book.

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  6. I read Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson & am now looking forward to this one!
    Thanks.

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