Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on July 7th 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Twin sisters Kelsey and Michelle Maxfield look identical -- but they couldn't be more different. Kelsey is the captain of the dance team and loves her cute college boyfriend, Davis. Michelle is a free-spirited artist and flits from one guy to the next, the latest a soldier recently deployed to Afghanistan. Despite their differences, Kelsey and Michelle can't live without each other -- until, in an instant, everything changes.When Michelle dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. As the only one who knows about her sister's boyfriend, Peter, Kelsey takes it upon herself to find him and tell him what happened to Michelle. But when she finally connects with Peter online, he thinks that Kelsey is Michelle and says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey can't bear to break his heart with the truth, so she lets Peter believe that she is Michelle.Kelsey keeps up the act, pretending to be her sister, and soon she can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.Lara Avery delivers a breathtaking story of love and loss that is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet.
Kelsey has always had her twin sister, Michelle—until, with one knock at the door, Michelle is gone. The entire family goes through weeks of changes, trying to keep Michelle’s spirit alive but hiding in their grief. As Kelsey is cleaning through Michelle’s room, the laptop on the desk shows an incoming call. Before Michelle’s death, Kelsey met Peter, Michelle’s boyfriend, who she had just dropped off at the airport before her car ran off the road. Kelsey tries to tell him the truth, but she finds herself playing along and ending the call where she pretended to be Michelle. And then another phone call. Then another. The lies start piling up, but the truth will come out eventually—it’s only a matter of when.
The second I got this email from NetGalley, I rushed to the website and requested it. Not only did the synopsis have me intrigued but so did the cover. I started the book immediately and was slightly disappointed at the slowness of the beginning of the book. I put it down for a while and read other books but picked it back up when I went on vacation. I got more accustomed to the writing style and the narration and enjoyed the book a lot more with fresh eyes.
This was purely Kelsey’s story. Everything that happened focused solely on Kelsey, even when other characters were involved. Her emotions and her feelings encompassed the entire book and drove the story forward. Besides Peter, the other characters were not a main focus but enforcers of Kelsey’s grief or uncertainty. If you’re wanting a story with a lot of supporting characters that play pivotal roles, this isn’t the book for you.
As romance go, A Million Miles Away was an interesting one. Kelsey slowly started to fall in love with someone who thought she was someone else. There were multiple scenarios in my head on how her relationship with Peter would pan out, and I can honestly say that one of them did come true. Once the story gets going, be prepared to get wrapped up in the allure of a whirlwind relationship and everyday heroes, the ones you expect and the ones you don’t.