Monday, July 6, 2015

ARC Review | A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

ARC Review | A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery" class="ubb-image alignleft">A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Published by Poppy on July 7th 2015
Pages: 320
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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.

I received an early review galley from the NOVL newsletter.

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I read this book back in May, but wanted to wait until it was closer to the release date before posting my review. Of course, that also gave me time to really let all my feelings for this book sink it. Now, before I move forward, I have to say…ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR TBR LIST! I’m serious. It’s one of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year.

When I received an ARC of this book in the mail from NOVL, I was immediately drawn to it after reading the summary. It was unlike anything I had read before and the whole premise of the story just seemed like something I’d really enjoy. Also, the cover is simply gorgeous.

A Million Miles Away is a story that I never expected to have such an impact on me. It’s one that after finishing, I couldn’t help but stop and think about it. The sheer beauty of the writing was enough to capture my attention, yet the story of the characters created by Lara Avery captivated me even more.

Michelle and Kelsey are identical twins who were once inseparable, yet as they grew older, their interests changed and so did their relationship. Kelsey is the life of the party. She’s got a very active social life being on the dance team & big dreams she’s chasing after. Michelle is all about art and her paintings. When Michelle suddenly dies, Kelsey is stricken with grief and unsure of how to move on when her identical twin, her other half, is now gone.

I felt such a strong connection to these two characters. And even though Michelle was only alive for a brief time period at the beginning of the story,  I was still able to get to know her through her twin, Kelsey. However, seeing Kelsey try to continue on living without Michelle was devastatingly heartbreaking. I admired her for trying to stay strong, but really, on the inside, she was a million miles away trying to figure out life without her sister.

With Michelle now dead, Kelsey had to figure out a way to tell Peter, Michelle’s boyfriend, who is serving in Afghanistan. Instead, she finds herself living a lie & pretending to be Michelle all while realizing that she’s really falling in love with this soldier. As their relationship progresses through letters & Skype chats, Kelsey gets deeper and deeper into the lie of pretending to be Michelle. However, her growing relationship with Peter allows her to connect with Michelle in a way she wasn’t able to when Michelle was alive.

As the story went on, the more nervous I became to see how it all would play out. I wanted Kelsey to come clean to Peter so much, but was afraid that his rejection would break her apart for good after she’s tried so hard to hold herself together. It’s an emotional journey Kelsey finds herself on, but one that only brought her closer to her sisters memory & opened the door to new possibilities for herself.

A Million Miles Away is an emotional rollercoaster that I was thrilled to ride on. I cried so much reading this story, but loved every minute of the journey it took me on. I am thrilled that this book is out in the world tomorrow {7/7/15} and only hope that you take my word for it and give it a chance.

five stars

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