A Million Miles Away

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery (Received a copy at BEA15)

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Kelsey and Michelle are identical twins. From the outside looking in, anyone could see just how different they are. Kelsey is loud and loves to be the center of attention. Michelle is quite and would rather read some boring art book.

But Kelsey and Michelle are identical twins and the bond they share, though not always recognizable, is strong.  So when Michelle dies in a car accident, Kelsey is devastated.

It hurts to think about Michelle. It’s hurts to talk about her. It just … hurts.  But Kelsey soon realizes that there’s one person who doesn’t know about the tragic accident – Peter, Michelle’s boyfriend who has been deployed to Afghanistan.  Kelsey doesn’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but someone has to tell him. She just has to find the right time.

But while she’s trying to find the right time to tell him,  she’s falling head over heels in love with him. And Peter feels the same way … but will he still when he finds out that Kelsey isn’t the girl he thought she was?

A Million Miles Away, written by author Lara Avery, is a realistic story or love, loss, and above all things the loss of love.

Avery’s writing is solid and engaging. Avery’s way with words is undeniable. Reader’s will not be able to help but being sucked into the story. Beyond her writing, she’s created a cast of characters that readers will easily relate to and see themselves within.

As a reader, I alternated between loving and sympathizing with Kelsey and wanting to shake some sense into her.  While Kelsey navigated this new life without Michelle, she grieved and she grew. And this is where I loved and sympathized with her. But I can’t overlook how she treated Peter. I took real issue with the fact that Kelsey knew that deceiving Peter was wrong but continually did it … willingly!

And while we are on the subject of characters, I couldn’t help be feel as if I didn’t know Michelle. She was such a major part of both who Kelsey was as a character and the overall plot, but yet she was so under represented. Yes, I knew she was Kelsey’s other half, that she had a boyfriend named Peter, and that she was an artist. But that’s really it.  Because of this, A Million Miles Away wasn’t the character-driven book I wanted.

I truly wanted to love this book. But unfortunately, I didn’t.  While this wasn’t the book for me, it may be the book for you. So, dear readers, read it! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

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