Avery, Lara A Million Miles Away, 306 pages. Alloy Entertainment, July 2015. $18. Language: PG-13 (34 swear, 0 “f”); Mature Content: R ; Violence: PG.
High school twins, Kelsey and Michelle, look identical but that is where their similarities end. Kelsey is the popular captain of the dance team who parties, has a boyfriend of three years and slides by in school while her identical twin, Michelle, is an artist who enjoys coffee shops and Andy Warhol. Early into the book Michelle dies, leaving Kelsey and her family to cope. Kelsey has to find a way to break the news to Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, serving in Afghanistan while dealing with her own grief. Mistaken identity forces Kelsey to lie to Peter. As Kelsey tries to figure out how to fix her mistake, she falls in love with Peter. In the end, Kelsey has to tell Peter the truth and hope he does not hate her.
This book is a touching young adult romance that pulls on the heart strings as Kelsey struggles with death, grief, love, and the drama of high school. I found that by the end of the book Kelsey had changed for the better. She was different, more mature and ready to succeed in college.
This romance novel was given an R for Mature content because sex is implied throughout the book. Alcohol in the form of beer kegs and beer stands are also mentioned.
HS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: JB