“A million miles away” Lara Avery

Rated 5 stars ***** ARC. EBook. Poppy (Little Brown & Company). Published July 7, 2015.

AMillionMilesAwayKelsey and Michelle are 17-year-old identical twins. Kelsey wants to be a dancer at KU, while Michelle wants to be a Parisian artist, but the day Michelle is killed in a car accident all Kelsey wants is to have her sister be alive again.

In the midst of her grief Peter, Michelle’s boyfriend stationed in Afghanistan, comes into the picture. He doesn’t know Michelle is dead, and Kelsey can’t bring herself to tell him. She pretends to be Michelle but, as things heat up in Afghanistan, Peter begins to rely more than ever on his relationship with Michelle/Kelsey. Though filled with guilt Kelsey is certain he won’t be able to do his job correctly if she tells him the truth, and prolongs the inevitable. What she doesn’t expect is to find herself falling in love, but how can she tell Peter she’s not the girl he thinks she is?

“A million miles away” is a story of grief and despair in the midst of hope and repair. Lara Avery captured the raw pain of loss, and brought me to tears many times.

Highly recommended for ages 14 and older.

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