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A World Away

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,285 ratings  ·  257 reviews
A summer of firsts

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She’s never even talked to someone her age who isn’t Amish, like her.

A summer of good-byes

When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can’t wait
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Fascinating topic, but one that could have been explored with much more depth and emotion. Eliza Miller has been content with her life in an Amish community for as long as she can remember. Now that she's just turned sixteen, however, she's considering taking her opportunity to experience her rumspringa, a period of Amish adolescence during which some teenagers choose to leave the community for a time to experience the "English" world.

A premise like this is full of possibilities, not
Unique... Captivating... Engaging...

Now that I was beginning to understand how to create the magic of this place, I wondered if I’d ever be able to get along without it.

Eliza Miller lives a completely different lifestyle than the normal sixteen year olds of today. In her world, there are no phones, computers, electronics of any sort, washing machines or modern day transportation. The people in her community come from what they refer to as the “Plain World” where their Amish beliefs mold the way
Stephanie A.
Surprisingly compelling story of an Amish girl's Rumspringa - that's a story that has been told a thousand times, but never with characters to whom I felt so connected. It had a somewhat slow start, but once she left home I realized that I was savoring every page. I loved her nannying job and often felt like I was discovering the "English" world along with her. Both her employers and her new love interest were very sweet, as were the things we gradually learned about her family. It might have ac ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Amy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: middle-schoolers
Shelves: young-adult
This was an enjoyable book, but nothing earth-shattering. I found it in the teen section, but it is definitely on the lower end of the YA reading level spectrum, and I found the writing to be juvenile at times. Recommended for middle-schoolers. I very much enjoyed watching Eliza experience and learn about a new culture while on her rumspringa (Eliza is Amish and spends one summer nannying for an "English," or non-Amish, family). It was a little tedious that every chapter ended with a moral or pr ...more
Laura W
I've never read a book about the Amish lifestyle before or really anything related to the Amish so this was such an interesting book for me. It does a great job of contrasting the two lifestyles and how each shape us as a person. So I really enjoyed that part of this book.

The blurb also really does this book justice in previewing all the choices that have to be made and what the book is all about. Eliza doesn't know much about the modern world except the limited knowledge she gained from the par
Loved it!! A favorite. Rumspringa? Yes, this is a typically the time some 16-year old Amish individuals separate themselves from their community and live with the English and try out the things they have never experienced before. Electricity, cars, washing machines, alcohol, sex and even drugs are used by some of these Amish individuals but for Eliza she has always had the dream of just getting away to see what the other world was all about. When her dream finally comes true, the reality of bein ...more
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Annie Oosterwyk
This book got my hackles up immediately, but for personal reasons. Anything that I perceive as a society that represses women for religious reasons will get me going, and this had some familiar signals.
I pressed on and was pleasantly surprised. The main character, Eliza, leaves her Amish life to experience life with the "English" for a summer. This tradition is offered to Amish youth to ensure that they accept their faith with no regrets when it is time to be baptised.
I felt her experiences to
Ich fand es unheimlich interessant und faszinierend unsere Welt mit Eliza's Augen zu entdecken. Dinge, die für uns völlig alltäglich sind, erlebt Eliza zum ersten Mal: Fernsehen, die Bedienung von elektronischen Geräten m Allgemeinen, einkaufen im Supermarkt, die erste shopping-tour...
Die Autorin hat es geschafft, die Faszination und das Unwissen von Eliza überzeugend rüberzubringen. Positiv fand ich ebenfalls, dass die positiven und negativen Dinge der Welt in beiden Kulturen ihren Platz gefund
Amish teen Eliza isn't sure she wants to embrace her lifestyle any longer. Given the opportunity to visit the "regular" world and be a nanny to two children for the summer, she finds the idea appealing and is thrilled when her parents finally consent. Her impressions of the big world are tediously described and the book could have used a better editing job (it is way too long, at almost 400 pages); there is little descriptive writing and the author never transports us. Characters are stereotyped ...more
*3.5 stars*
Eliza is Amish, and 16 - the age at which young Amish adults experience rumspringa, when they can 'try out' the outside world to see if they want to stay Amish or not. Eliza is curious, and wants her wild time - to see what the outside world is like, what she's missing - and what she finds may not be what she expected.

I found this glimpse into the very different world of the Amish fascinating, and I thought it was respectfully done, and also balanced - showing the pros and cons of bot
This young adult novel is the coming-of-age story of a young Amish girl, Eliza, who discovers the outside world during her Rumspringa, and has to make some weighty decisions at a young age. Stay in the "fancy" world, or return to her plain one? Leave her family and be shunned, or leave the conveniences, joys and friendships of life outside the Amish community forever? Pursue an education or be satisfied with her 8th grade training?

I can't even pretend to understand the concept of shunning. I fin
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I enjoyed this book and I found it very interesting to read about the Amish way of life - I didn't like the cover though as it looks as if the girl might have makeup on with her Amish clothing and that would never happen!! Eliza, the main character, leaves the Amish way of life to try life in the outside world. She's never had a cell phone, a computer, a tv etc. Lots of changes for her, and lots of decisions to make. I think this would appeal more to girls than boys.
A World Away was an enjoyable and interesting read. I loved how it was about something that you don't see much in YA literature. The story of Eliza, an amish girl who leaves to experience "english" life, just wasn't one I had thought of before and so it was interesting to read about. Still, I found Eliza a little bit "high maintenance" once she was living away from the Amish, and even a bit whiny. But don't let that keep you from read A World Away. It was a nice read.

One more note: I can unders
Linda Cohen
While the story was enjoyable it was good but not great.

Interesting idea to place(view spoiler)
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Ruqaya Al-abbood
I like who they are different from her. different idea,Customs and traditions and clothes. How it is describe their life.
I loved this book! I originally picked it up because the main idea fascinated me: an Amish girl goes to Chicago on her rumspringa and gets to see & live the life that "the English" live, and then decide if she wants to go home, or start a new life away from home and family. It was more than just an interesting story idea: it was a book I hard a hard time setting down at all. I thought the author did a great job in developing the main characters in the story, and pulling in the past to connec ...more
Leah White
Jan 03, 2015 Leah White rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good love story/coming of age story
Recommended to Leah by: My friend Morgan
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Samantha Garcia
I chose this book because just by looking at the cover I know that someone wants to escape their family and their home. I was curious why so I got it.

An amish girl named Eliza has always dressed in long clothed dresses and never even heard of many electronics such as phone's and tv's. When Eliza is offered a chance to babysit some kids in Chicago she's all for it. Eliza is finally able to have her rumspringa, to run wild and dress like an american and use computers. She was thrilled. When Eliza
A. S.
I used to live in Philadelphia, where my contact with the Amish people was limited to purchasing their wares in front of my university or in Reading Terminal Market. I knew vaguely of the no buttons rule and have heard of rumspringa, but I've never actually talked to an Amish person, much less one of my age.

This book had real potential to be interesting. Eliza, an Amish teen, has just turned 16, which is the age at which rumspringa starts. Rumspringa is a time when Amish teens can venture out in
Uma Therman
This book was good and that's about it. A great story which I'm sure lots of effort was put into it and that was shown but the ending was disappointing.

Do not read if you don't want to know the end!

Then end really pissed me off (sorry please excuse my language) During the book it was like Daniel didn't exist, it was all Josh. It was if he didn't ask her out the day she left. But then when it is time to leave suddenly Daniel matters more, as if the entire summer and fall didn't exi
Mrs. Nelson's
Grossman's fascinating debut, about an Amish teen on her Rumspring, is realistic and relatable, without being sensationalistic. I was instantly transported to Eliza Miller's world and, different as it was, I could relate to her experiences. I would recommend this to teens and adults both - very enjoyable!
--Review by Lauren
An intriguing glimpse into the world of an Amish teenager who spends her rumspringa working as a nanny in a Chicago suburb. Grossman never resorts to stereotypes and her characters feel incredibly real. Eliza's decision at the end of the book felt both surprising and right.
Kitty Montamer
Der erste Satz

Die Fremden brachten, wie an jedem Donnerstagabend, ein paar bunte Farbkleckse in unser einfaches Haus.

Meine Meinung

Eliza ist 16 Jahre alt und lebt mit ihren Eltern und ihren Geschwistern in einer amischen Gemeinde. Das Mädchen befindet sich mitten in ihrer Rumspringa und möchte diese dazu nutzen auch mal die andere Welt kennen zu lernen. Sie ist bislang ohne elektrische Geräte aufgewachsen und hat noch nie etwas von einem Handy gehört, geschweige denn mal einen Film im Ferns
Zoe Mühlbauer
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I think this book showed how different and unique different religions are. I love the way the author portrayed the character of Eliza and the emotionally strained relationship she went through with Josh and how similar everything almost turned out to end up like her mothers past mistakes. I love how Nancy Grossman was able to take Amish culture and make it describe and explain how teenagers in these years are acting and how things turn up. I liked and disliked the ending but I also liked how she ...more
Jul 05, 2012 Thalia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Realistic/Amish Fiction
Recommended to Thalia by: Wendy Darling
Read the review on my blog:
Patricia J. O'Brien
Giving it 3.5 due to my opening note: While this story seems flat at times and I want more emotional reaction from the Amish girl Eliza, I'm still fascinated by the concept that this 16-year-old is allowed to go live as a nanny in Chicago. In her culture, teens are given an opportunity, before committing to their religion's strict rules, to find out how the rest of society lives.
Nancy Grossman manages to let the reader see as Eliza would. She shows the positive and negative of both cultures and
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