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I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Million Miles Away
by Lara Avery Published by Poppy
on July 7, 2015 Genres: Contemporary Pages:
320 Format: ARC Goodreads
(Last Updated On: December 21, 2021)
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.
A Million Miles Away follows Kelsey, a girl who is pretty much a party lover. She has a twin sister, Michelle, who the reader gets to meet briefly. Before long, Michelle dies in a car accident. However, Michelle was dating a guy named Peter who went away to Afghanistan. One day, Peter tries skyping Michelle through her computer, and Kelsey answers. Since they’re identical twins, Peter has no clue and Kelsey decides to keep up the charade. Before long, she’s falling for him.
So, like I said, Kelsey is pretty much the partier of the family. Her sister, Michelle, was the good sister. She took AP classes and did pretty much everything that her parents wanted her to. I think that really had an impact on Kelsey and made her change her ways after Michelle died.
I felt pretty bad for Kelsey once people started to find out that she was pretending to be her sister. However, she pretty much owned it because she didn’t want to break Peter’s heart while he was trying to fight for his life in another country. She wanted him to come home alive.
At the way end though, once things went down, I was a bit surprised. There wasn’t as much anger as I expected. It just kind of wrapped up a bit too nicely, and I didn’t really know what to think about it.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it if you like contemporaries with a twist. I’m definitely going to give more books by Avery a chance in the future.