Friday, April 15, 2011

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

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Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother's ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control....
Miles From Ordinary seems like it might be middle grade at the beginning, but the story quickly pulled me in. It definitely had young adult and adult appeal. Lacey is such a sweet girl that I absolutely adored.She wanted more from life, then she knew of. I was glad that she wanted to take initiative and change her life for the better. I also loved her love of reading. It was so cute. Her mother's madness was frightening and constantly changing. Williams crafted her madness, so well. The plot kept me surprised and I wasn't sure what was going to happen to Lacey or her mom. I liked that the plot had flashbacks to the past to show how much her mom has changed. Williams' writing keep on getting better. She know how to write about issues that you don't feel overwhelmed about the subject. I can't wait for more from her in the future. I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a unique, but edgy read.

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