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Miles from Ordinary: A Novel Hardcover – March 15, 2011
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Thirteen-year-old Lacey hopes that this summer day will be a new start. She has gotten her mother a job at Winn-Dixie because they desperately need the money, and Lacey will be following in her aunt Linda�s footsteps by working at the public library. Lacey craves an opportunity to be �normal,� to flirt with her neighbor Aaron and not have to watch over Momma, who seems so much better these days. But the day quickly spins out of control when Momma disappears. Seeing things afresh through Aaron�s eyes as they search for her together, Lacey comes to realize that it�s impossible for her to help her mother on her own. This gripping story by the author of The Chosen One (2009) is as suspenseful as it is painful. Lacey�s love for her mother, mixed with resentment and frustration over Momma�s mental illness, is thoroughly believable (if a little sophisticated). Provocatively dark and at times downright scary, this novel will have readers rushing to the unforeseen, achingly authentic conclusion. Grades 6-9. --Melissa Moore
“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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Lacey had too much responsibility for a girl her age. She was carrying her mother's burden with no help, and I really felt for her. It seemed her best moments took place in her mind and that was sad. It was also sad how she blamed herself for things that weren't her fault.
The author writes about mental illness; mostly depression, but it seemed to me Lacey's mother was schizophrenic. Aaron Ririe was a godsend, because Lacey sure needed a friend. And it was nice how Lacey loved the library and reading. Other than that, there was nothing about this story that made me feel good. It was sad mostly. And when the story took an unexpected turn near the end, it got downright creepy. Actually, it was like watching a horror movie. I am not into horror, so I wasn't sure I wanted to keep turning the pages, but I did.
One summer's day, Florida teen Lacey and her mother set off together: Lacey to a volunteer position at the library, and Angela to work as a supermarket check-out chick. It's a big event that could improve their lives immensely.
The day does not go well.
This Gothic psychological thriller could almost be considered horror if it wasn't so believable. Short and snappy, this riveting read is five-star quality. Buy now and save to read during a summer night's storm.
The story takes place all in one day. Through flashbacks the past is slowly revealed leading us to the present day. This is not a light fluffy read. Although the narrator is thirteen this book would likely be appreciated more by an audience of older teens and adults.
I will definitely check out Carol’s books starting with The Chosen One.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book
Williams, Carol Lynch (2011-03-15). Miles from Ordinary: A Novel (Kindle Locations 2189-2190). Macmillan. Kindle Edition.
To put it simply, "Miles From Ordinary" is a powerful novel.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started "Miles From Ordinary", mainly because I'd yet to read a novel by Carol Lynch Williams at that point. While it isn't what I was expecting, I did genuinely enjoy it.
It's a story about Lacey, a young teenage girl, and the far from ordinary day she experiences when she and her mother begin new jobs. From the get go it is clear that something is wrong with Lacey's mother, but you're not sure how bad things are. And as the story moves along, and more information is provided, it becomes clear that Lacey is the adult in this mother-daughter duo. She's forced to care for her mentally ill mother on her own (after her mother forces Lacey's aunt out of their home).
Williams does a fantastic job of slowly building up the story, all leading up that haunting and terrifying ending. There were times that I found myself wanting to cry while reading this. And then there were times where I wanted to scream. It isn't because this is a bad book, but rather because it's so difficult to read - it's easy to lose yourself in these characters and Williams' words.
In all honesty, this is a story that will haunt you long after you finish reading it.
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