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Miles from Ordinary: A Novel Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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“Absorbing....[Williams] has crafted both a riveting, unusual suspense tale and an absolutely convincing character in Lacey. The book truly is miles from ordinary, in the very best way. Outstanding.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“In a novel spanning a mere 24 hours, Williams takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride....Poignant.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Gripping....Provocatively dark and at times downright scary, this novel will have readers rushing to the unforeseen, achingly authentic conclusion.” ―Booklist
“A powerful and heartbreaking novel of love and hope.” ―Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead, on The Chosen One
“Fiction can offer emotional truth where other tools fail.... Williams unveils life among the Chosen with spare, evocative writing and an honest sense of character that helps bridge the rift between Kyra's world and ours.... The cinematic drama of her life...is a means to reach a quieter truth, revealing that moment in childhood when you recognize your thoughts as your own and discover forces in the world that your parents cannot--or will not--protect you from.” ―The New York Times Book Review (Editor's Choice) on The Chosen One
“Intensely gripping and grippingly intense.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Chosen One
“Extraordinary....The Chosen One is brave, its plumb is true, it's a masterpiece.” ―Kathi Appelt, author of the National Book Award finalist The Underneath, on The Chosen One
“Makes the heart race, the teeth grind, and the brow bead up in sweat.” ―Gregory Maguire, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion Among Men, on The Chosen One
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While I was very interested in the premise and it's certainly a fast read, I think there is perhaps a disconnect between subject, style, content, and intended audience. The novel is very short and the plot is somewhat simple, and because it only touches on the surface of the topics of mental illness, potential foster care, etc., it seems more suited to middle grade fiction or very young YA readers. But then again, I see why this is categorized as young adult fiction, because the first person narrative and book's focus on Lacey's state of mind really would make this appealing to that audience.
This isn't the first time in which mental illness and a horror/thriller have gone hand in hand, but since there was so much focus on the former, without scenarios and solutions that seemed more sound, it became a bit more difficult to stay invested in the story. Some of the dialogue also seemed more juvenile and the events rather overly dramatic, though they certainly contribute to getting a sense of Lacey's possible paranoia and being out of control.
I'll tell you what made this book for me, however: in the last third or so of the book, Lacey's emotions reach a fever pitch in a way that suddenly and masterfully draws in the reader with an unrelenting grip.Read more ›
Despite the affecting subject matter, MILES FROM ORDINARY didn't grab me as I had hoped. The topic squarely put the novel in the young adult category, but the writing and the young voice seemed more appropriate for middle grades. Because of this, I'm unsure of whether the book will find the right fit with its intended audience. Pacing was slow throughout much of the novel, but the final 30 pages became fast-paced and downright terror-filled. Though engaging, this quick shift in tone and style didn't mesh with the rest of the book. Events became unexplainable during these final pages too, in a way that made the events unbelievable. When the story does wrap up, it does so too quickly and too easily. Further, while the book accurately portrays that mental illness can lead to horrible ends, it does so in a way that I fear may unfairly stigmatize mental illness as being a condition that frequently leads to hurting others.
On the positive side, I appreciated that Williams was willing to tackle an important issue like mental illness and how it affects children.Read more ›
I should start by saying that I am definitely an advocate of books which promote mental health awareness. However, Williams' delivery was hardly encouraging and lacked any semblance of a positive resolution.
Synopsis (spoiler warning):
Thirteen-year old Lacey has been living alone with her mother for about a year in her deceased grandfather's house. In that time, her mother (who has a history of serious mental illness) has developed what seems to be extreme depression, paranoia and possibly, schizophrenia. The book is set over the course of a single day, however, the narrator Lacy tells her story through a series of memories and flashbacks. The day was supposed to be a good one-- her mom was scheduled to start her first day of work as a cashier at Winn-Dixie and Lacy was volunteering at the local library. However, things go sour quickly after her mother leaves work in a fit of anxiety only to get lost somewhere in town (we learn this happens fairly often). Lacey, with the help of a schoolmate searches everywhere for her lost mother dreading the possibility of finding her deranged or even dead. This is where the book gets a little loopy. In a sweeping change of pace, what was a depressing and seemingly plotless story suddenly becomes a flashlight-horror film on paper. It's nighttime (of course) and Lacy still hasn't found her mom but her dead grandfather's ghost appears in the living room of their house and he somehow compels her to "head upstairs to check things out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I found it slow to start once it got going it was very good! I read it in one sitting, just didn't want to put it down once it got going. Read morePublished 9 months ago by JLPmomX6
Miles from Ordinary is a book that can be read in one sitting. Just 197 double spaced pages I flew through this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kathy Habel
Lacey's story, told in one day, is realistic and gripping. Carol Lynch Williams keeps your attention while she shows what it's like to deal with a mentally ill mother. Read morePublished 21 months ago by catcity
Carol Lynch Williams has that rare talent of being able to punch out an emotional roller coaster of a story in a small amount of pages. Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Nicole
"Aaron," I whispered. Not so sure why. He seemed like the only normal thing I knew. And I wanted something, anything, normal. Anything. Read morePublished on March 23, 2012 by Nicole's Book Blog
Lacey (14) is dealing with her bipolar mother, trying to hold it all together while mom falls apart. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Maggie Knapp
I loved Carol Lynch Williams's THE CHOSEN ONE. MILES FROM ORDINARY is a different sort of novel but it, too, is an absolute cracker. Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Tez Miller
Lacey is a fourteen year-old-girl about to begin a volunteer job at one of her favorite places, the Peace City Library. She doesn't have a best friend, but she'd like one. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by K. L. Burchett
I had no idea what to expect from this novel. I hadn't even read the description before entering the giveaway I won this from - I just saw it was contemporary YA and entered. Read morePublished on September 5, 2011 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures