Book Review: Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams

Title:  Miles from Ordinary
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Series: None
Released: March 15, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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….
“No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one,” said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children’s Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.

Miles from Ordinary is a book that can be read in one sitting.  Just 197 double spaced pages I flew through this book.  It was a heartbreaking, almost haunting, read that left me with feelings of sadness, gratitude and hopefulness.  The writing is beautiful but the subject matter is dark.  I felt for Lacey and the struggle she had dealing with her mentally ill mother.  The love she had for her mother was evident despite the struggles her mother illness brought her.  It made me understand better what those dealing with mental illness go through.

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

Content: Clean

Source: Library