Guys, really, I am hopeless. If you take a look at my kindle, you'll see a list without an end of books that need to be read and reviewed. I am trying to keep up with everything, but as you can see, I'm living a busy life at the moment. Cannot wait for my vacation, to just unwind and read as much as possible. Any-who, today I thought I'd share with you a review of A Million Miles Away, by Lara Avery. I read this book a little while ago, and it has been scheduled for a review, to which I am only getting to now...

Mystery        ★
Romance      ★

Good structure of the book
Easy to read
Not too corny

Too many secondary characters


Language: English
Genre: Fiction,
           Young Adult,
ISBN-10: 0316283681
ISBN-13: 978-0316283687
Published: July 7, 2015
Publisher: Poppy

All opinions generated in this review are purely my own. No compensation was received for this review.
A Million Miles Away is the very first book I got to read of Lara Avery. It was kindly sent to me by NetGalley & Poppy (A Hachette Book Group) for an honest review. What drew me at first was the simple yet pretty cover. The title and the following description just spiked an interest that was already budding inside of me:

"Twin sisters Kelsey and Michelle Maxfield look identical -- but they couldn't be more different. Kelsey is the captain of the dance team and loves her cute college boyfriend, Davis. Michelle is a free-spirited artist and flits from one guy to the next, the latest a soldier recently deployed to Afghanistan. Despite their differences, Kelsey and Michelle can't live without each other -- until, in an instant, everything changes.

When Michelle dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. As the only one who knows about her sister's boyfriend, Peter, Kelsey takes it upon herself to find him and tell him what happened to Michelle. But when she finally connects with Peter online, he thinks that Kelsey is Michelle and says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey can't bear to break his heart with the truth, so she lets Peter believe that she is Michelle.

Kelsey keeps up the act, pretending to be her sister, and soon she can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want."
 I will be honest with you; when I picked up this book, I didn't actually expect it to be a good book. I thought it might be one of those very cheesy YA romance books which I would read to kill the time. Interestingly enough, Lara Avery came up with a very refreshing twist to the usual romance, making it less cheezy. It was a very refreshing read and I spent a good time with the book.

That said, I think the book introduced too many secondary characters which didn't really do much to the storyline or help the heroine progress to the story. They were just there to help sustain the identity of Kelsey, who was playing a game of pretend. It was very hard to see Kelsey as Kelsey, when she pretended to be her sister Michelle. I thought that the author did not translate really the battle that Kelsey, who was a completely different person compared to Michelle, was living, trying to juggle her true personality while pretending to be someone else. It was easy to forget that there were indeed two characters rather than one. I found it a bit disappointing that Kelsey's uniqueness was somewhat pushed aside to benefit Michelle - the prodigal daughter. 

The ending of the book was quite unexpected, offering a small twist to the storyline, and yet delivering in the romance and hope department. I think Lara did a good job at finishing the book strong, which reinforced my opinion of her work. I believe this book will really agree with Nicholas Spark's fans as well as lovers of YA romance novels. It is a charming, easy read that makes a good summer read.

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