Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mini-Review: Miles From Ordinary

Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
Genre: YA
Pages: 197 (ARC)

From the back cover:
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....

My Rating:
Mini-Review:  mental illness. libraries. summer. hope. fear. 
Lacey has so much hope when the day starts.  While the story takes place in the span of a day, Williams manages to tell Momma's and Aunt Linda's story through the thoughts and memories of 13-year-old Lacey.   The end is gripping and I found myself tremendously invested in Lacey's hopes and fears.  Lacey's voice is vivid but she doesn't come across as a 13 year-old.  I would have pictured her younger.  Overall, this is an amazingly well-written read that felt like a thriller/suspense at times. Loved it! 
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