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The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
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Dec 24, 09

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Read in December, 2009

The premise of this book might lead readers to preconceived notions of a boring, mundane boarding school story with it's elitists students and predictable twists and turns but The Miles Between is much more then that. The story features a very acute cast of 4 students brought together on a very peculiar day at school by a car which is evidently stranded with keys in engine by a mysterious guest. Destiny, the story's main protagonist takes this as a sign and without hesitation takes the car and feigns possession. The other 3 students however are brought into the scene after unusual occurances such as bloody nose, trash duty, and so forth.

The story utilize Destiny's fixation on Coincidences very interestingly. Diving deep into the mind of Destiny will leave readers thinking about the endless parallel universe of coincidences (or once referred to as: impeccable timing) Destiny's fixation of that sole concept woven with Mary E. Pearson's lovely writing style gives this book a sharp edge and lovely moments at the same time.

Mary E. Pearson has a neck for making characters and her skills do not falter in "The Miles Between" Destiny is my favorite character out of all that I've read from Mary, she is such a strong cynical character with such a big heart, and her interaction among her peers flows organically with no force.
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