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A World Away

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  799 ratings  ·  184 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...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 17th 2012 by Hyperion Book CH (first published 2012)
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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...more
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
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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
I dont write very many bad reviews but i really really dont like this book. Now i feel bad for saying that since im sure the author worked really really hard on this book but i flat out didnt like it. It was quick short and not that sweet...A world Away is about a sixteen year old Amish girl Eliza Miller on her rumschspringe or however u spell it! Boring isnt exactly the best word to describe this book more like disconnected. I didnt like Eliza she was a bit bland too curious and naive. Understa...more
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...more
Linda Cohen
While the story was enjoyable it was good but not great.

Interesting idea to place(view spoiler)...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
I really enjoyed this book because of the well-crafted characters and the interesting perspective. It's about an Amish girl named Eliza Miller who is going to the outside world for the first time during her rumspringa, a time when Amish teens can have some freedom and go out into the world to try new things, hopefully returning the their own world again. Eliza meets some amazing people during this trip. She has a job as a nanny in Chicago, and she grows close with the family as well as some othe...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
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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...more
Fantastic! You empathasize with Elize as she decides which world she wants to live in.
Grossman's debut novel is engaging from the very first page!
Finely found an Amish book I like.
BAYA Librarian
Eliza, a 16 year old Amish teenager leaves her Amish community to work as a nanny for an English family for the summer. The book has a slow and quiet tone (which mimics Eliza’s personality), and is very easy to read. It’s a fairly predictable story with Eliza making all kinds of “discoveries” in her new world. She makes new friends, meets a mean girl or two, there’s a boy at home, and boy in her new life, she misses her friends and family back home, but is open to so many new opportunities and e...more
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While reading this book, I felt like I was sneaking a peek into a world that I didn't know much about. I was ignorant about the ways of the Amish before this book. I knew they had no electricity and they dressed in bonnets and dresses, but the extent of my knowledge ended there though this is also where my fascination began. Usually I find myself learning the most from historical fiction novels and I extend that knowledge by jumping on the...more
3.5 stars.

I actually went into this one not knowing a thing about it. After about a half hour, I figured out that Eliza is Amish and this is a story about her Romspringa, a time in the Amish adolescence when they venture into the English (as they refer to it) world. I wasn't to sure what to think when I learned that, but I ended up really enjoying this book. This really isn't a story about Amish people. It has a lot more depth than that and is more of a story about a girl finding herself.

The wa...more
I really enjoyed "A World Away" by Nancy Grossman. And with current reality television shows like "Breaking Amish," and with the many novels featuring the Amish being published of late, I think teens will find this book appealing. Great cover! It will be an easy sell.

Eliza Miller has turned sixteen and is now beginning what the Amish call "rumspringa" or "wild time." This is a time when Amish teens have finished their schooling and are allowed to experience as much of the "fancy" or "English" or...more
Why I picked it up: The Amish fiction trend is starting to trickle down to teen lit, so I figured I should be aware of a title or two. I was also hoping this would give me “religious fiction” for my genre bingo, but while lifestyle was a big part of the Amishness of the book, religion was not.

Eliza is an Amish girl who just turned 16. She is very curious about the outside world (called the English world). When a visitor offers her a job as a nanny for the summer, Eliza begs her parents to let he...more
A World Away by Nancy Grossman follows sixteen year old Eliza who takes a job working as a Nanny to take a break from her Amish upbringing and explore the modern world. Eliza grows up during her time away, falls in love, learns some family secrets and must decide if she is ready to become baptized and return to the Amish community or stay in the English world.

This was a delightful coming of age novel. There is a lot of "Bonnet fiction" written for the adult audience and this book explores that e...more
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