A Million Miles Away – 4 Stars

a million miles away

Lara Avery

Release Date: July 7, 2015


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book blurb

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.

Lara Avery delivers a breathtaking story of love and loss that is guaranteed to break your heart and sweep you off your feet.

about the author

Lara Avery

Lara is a native of Kansas, a graduate of Macalester College, and as a child born into the Year of the Dragon, the recipient of good fortune and incredible power.

Lara Avery is the author of Anything But Ordinary (Hyperion 2012) and A Million Miles Away (Little, Brown 2015).


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my review

4 Stars

This is the first book that I have read from Lara Avery but the plot’s premise tugged at my own personal pain. I’m not sure what I was expecting to feel when I started A Million Miles Away. However, I know I was not prepared for the angst and heartache that filled this book – her character’s pain will gut you.

Because A Million Miles Away captures the grief and the painful aftermath of a unexpected death for one family.

Kelsey and Michelle were twins. They had their individual lives and loves but after Michelle’s death, those two world collide. As Kelsey’s story unfolds and you realize there is something significant missing from her life – companionship and comfort.

Unfortunately, she creates a web filled with deception and secrets to fix that.  She definitely makes questionable choices but they are made from a place of absolute despair – there isn’t any malice in her intentions. As a reader, you don’t know if you would make the same decisions but you can empathize with them.

As someone who has lost a sister, I completely understand the dull ache that Kelsey consistently carried.  She expected to grow old with Michelle.  When that plan gets rocked, a hole in her soul was created and it is one that never truly gets filled until she creates a new connection with Peter. Their relationship becomes all consuming in her life but she has no clue how can she make her choices right.  Will anyone understand why she did what she did?!? Or will they all hate her??

Kelsey’s journey in A Million Miles Away will grab ahold of your attention and not left go until the very last moment.  It’s an emotional and intense journey that you don’t want to miss out on.


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