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A Million Miles Away

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  1,526 ratings  ·  325 reviews
Perfect for fans of Nicholas Sparks, this breathtaking story of love and loss is guaranteed to break your heart and sweep you off your feet.

When high school senior Kelsey's identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn't know about the tragedy is Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afgha
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Poppy
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Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can be found at Carole's Random Life.

This has to be one of the most predictable books that I have ever read. When I read the blurb for a book, I usually make some kind of guess about where I think the story will eventually go. I like it when my guess is completely wrong because that means the book took a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I like twists and turns. I also like it when my guess is kind of right and the story ends how I thought it would but the way it happened was compl
Aj the Ravenous Reader
I absolutely loved the author's The Memory Book so I already have a preconception of the author's writing. Indeed, I still enjoyed the writing here. It's easy to relate with, witty, and touching as well.

“She was slowly finding out that you don’t just get to miss the parts you liked about someone who had died. You had to feel the whole weight of them, tugging at you.”

Admittedly, I didn't like this as much as the other book because I found this one very predictable, quite unbelievable and a
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Oh my, this one made me teary a few times. Mourning a loved one is so hard and the story portrayed that really well- the regret of not paying enough attention, the ache of missing them. For most part, I understood why Kelsey felt the need pretend to be her sister to comfort Peter, her sister's boyfriend who was deployed in Afghanistan. I think I needed a better resolution though. That said, the story was handled really well and the writing lovely. Full review tk. ...more
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it
*3.75 stars*
I've never given that kind of weird decimal rating, but this one was hard to rate.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This is one of those stories that can be a hit or a miss for most people, depending on how they can relate to the characters and the situation presented.

I must confess that this is tricky, and I understood Kelsey's decision to keep Michelle alive for one person. I am still unsure of how much it was for herself and how much for his benefit, but sometimes we just need to hold on to an illusion, because that's the only way we can move forward without breaking apart.

On the other side, the romance wa
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I expected this one to be a bit more angsty than it was. I never felt the emotional impact that the book was trying to portray. Also, Peter forgave Kelsey way too quickly.
I have more thoughts that I'll share in my review.

Thanks to Danielle for sending me a copy of this book! <3
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Here's the situation: I really liked A Million Miles Away. I probably could have loved A Million Miles Away if it wasn't for one kind of big issue. Either way, I liked a lot more than I didn't, so I consider it a win. Plus, it gave me the feels, so that is always a big plus! This is going to have to be a likes/dislikes situation, so...

Things I Liked:

The characters were fabulous and multi-faceted. Kelsey was very flawed, but still likable. You could see that she was coming from a place of
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Michelle Maxfield died the day her soldier-boyfriend Peter was sent to Afghanistan. Kelsey, her identical twin, was the only one privy to their relationship and it hurt her more to learn that there was this side of Michelle that she never knew of. While Kelsey aspired to become a dancer, Michelle was into arts and Andy Warhol. She and Peter had a lot in common, something Kelsey wasn't really aware of.

Their parents, clearly devastated of their daughter's passing, decided to cope up by inviting ot
Jun 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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I received a review copy courtesy of the author/publisher. This does not affect my opinion or views regarding the book whatsoever.

After finishing A Million Miles Away, I jumped straight into You And Him And Me, and I immediately noticed a subtle " connection " between both books. While their stories were completely different, they shared common concepts or aspects as I like to call them, and because they were so similar, I decided to create what I call
Amanda (Fandomly Bookish)
Wait. I actually don't know what to feel about this book. Uhmmm I guess it was an okay read but ughh I had a hard time grasping/connecting with the characters. Maybe it's because of the characters falling quite flat for me. Their personalities just weren't out there. Though, I fully understand why Kelsey felt the need to pretend to be her sister, Michelle, in the eyes of her sister's boyfriend - Peter. I understand her reasons for doing it. I also did find the interactions between Kelsey and Pet ...more
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a premise I've seen before and I'm always interested in the motivations behind such a decision, so I was pretty eager to read it

First off, I really liked the writing and the way the story was structured. It was like Kelsey was in a bubble. We didn't really get to see a lot of her friends and family; everyone just scratched the surface. It's all Peter and Michelle all the time and it was such an effective way to show how she was struggling with life after Michelle's death and pushing ev
Ginger at GReadsBooks
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am an emotional mess upon finishing this one. Expect a more coherent, detailed review when I can gather my thoughts properly. In the meantime, put this book on your TBR if you have not already.
Brandi Kosiner
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4 stars: I love it

Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free.

I wanted to read A Million Miles away because losing your twin sister has to make for an emotional read. Then she makes the decision to pretend to be her sister because she begins falling for Michelle's boyfriend who is in the military.

The book does have us briefly beet Michelle before she die
Maria Angelica
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lido-2015, arc, ebook
Thank you NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this book.
This is a tough one to rate.
I really liked the way the author presented Kelsey's grief over her sister's death. How through getting to know her sister, she ended up learning a lot about herself. When she realized she didn't know her sister as well as she thought was beautiful and sad at the same time. How much time do we actually take to get to know our siblings? I loved that the author didn't use the twin sister trope of being best-
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

This was truly a remarkable story about a girl named Kelsey, who loses her twin sister, Michelle, in a devastating car accident. This dealt with the loss of her sister and how she coped to try and make things right. She was so lost and wanted a way to keep her sister with her, so she started talking to her sister's boyfriend, Peter. She does not intentionally fall for him, but as time passed she realized she fell in love with him. While she may not have gone about it the righ
The Cover Contessa
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
I want to thank Poppy for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.

I love the theme of this story: girl loses her identical twin but is reluctant to tell said twin's boyfriend (who is far away) that she has died.

Kelsey's sister, Michelle, is dating Peter. When Peter gets deployed and Michelle dies, Kelsey finds herself in the position of having to tell Peter the news. But she just can't bring
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Kelsey and Michelle are twins and although they look exactly alike, they are very different from each other. Kelsey is a dancer, whereas Michelle is an artist and lives a more bohemian lifestyle. Kelsey has been with the same boyfriend for years and Michelle dates around, that is until she meets Peter. Peter is about to be deployed to Afghanistan and after their goodbyes, Michelle is tragically killed in a car accident, but Peter doesn't know this. Obviously, this rocks Kelsey's family's world. ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned, netgalley
Something funny happened on the way to me finishing this book: I decided I no longer cared about any of the characters. I think it was around the scene where Kelsey goes Christmas tree shopping. All I could think about was how sorry I felt for the poor kid carrying the Christmas tree for her! And really, if I'm a third of the way into a book and I'm connecting more with, basically, a non-character, then it's time to just let. The book. Go! I'm pulling an Elsa, because my time is too precious to ...more
Jen Halligan
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-arc
Yay for YA contemporary romances! I really enjoyed reading A MILLION MILES AWAY, and I love the cover! It hooked me from the start and I read it within a day. My review will be posted closer to the release date.
Cee (The Mistress Case)
Mar 30, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary
Should I or shouldn't I?

This sounds like it'll piss me off more than it'll bawl my eyes out.

Urgggh, I'll go for it and hope I don't lose my shit.
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I mean, I didn’t hate the book. I completed reading it and I wasn’t miserable while I was reading, so I guess I didn’t hate it.

Doesn’t mean I enjoyed it.

A Million Miles Away is the story of twins, Kelsey and Michelle. Kelsey is the free-spirited, partying, wild twin, where Michelle is artistic, deep kind. The book continues to be their story until one day, Michelle dies in a car crash. And unbeknown to Michelle’s boyfriend Peter, the girl who keeps replying to his emails and answering his calls
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
A Million Miles Away... I have a million thoughts running through my head after finishing that. Some of them good and some bad. At first I couldn't understand why Kelsey would do what she did. To me it seemed selfish...why wouldn't you just tell the truth? By now you've read the synopsis and seen what the book is all about. Kelsey and her family are struck by tragedy when her twin dies from a car accident. The day Michelle died, she had dropped her boyfriend, Peter, off at the airport so he coul ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads, arc
Check out this and other reviews on my blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

This book was so hard to write a review for.

Part of me hates the fact that I liked this book. It reminded me of another one of those books about teenagers doing stupid things and not having to suffer any consequences for what they do. Normally that's a good way to get me to really be critical about a book, but for some reason, I have a soft spot for this one. Maybe it was due to the fact that it had such an interesting storyli
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Kelsey and Michelle are identical twins. They're use to everyone getting them mixed up, even though they are - personality wise - worlds apart. When Michelle dies Kelsey has to learn to go on, but realizes that Michelle's boyfriend, Peter, is unaware of her passing because the news hasn't gotten back to him in Afghanistan. Not wanting Peter's head to be unclear while he's fighting, Kelsey keeps up the pretenses that she is Michelle and that Michelle is doing well, this also allows her to feel as ...more
Bookphenomena (Micky)
This read crashed into my world and sucked me in whole. I devoured the book and wished for more reading time. I've never heard of Lara Avery before but the blurb on netgalley intrigued me and I was not disappointed.

Michelle and Kelsey are 17 year old twins, they've drifted in their closeness in their teens as they're so different. One a dancer, one an artist. Kelsey has a long term boyfriend, Michelle falls in and out of love regularly. Michelle has met Peter, who is about to go to Afghanistan o
Alja Katuin
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a tough one.. I loved it, because of the true feelings and what nots. But I hated it too, because who does that to someone? But when she told him, you really felt the hope she had. And it made me realize that maybe it's crazy, but if it's love, it's love. The end was beautiful. I'm so glad that it turned out the way it did. ...more
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
ARC kindly provided in the exchange of an honest review.
Thank you NetGalley!
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

A Million Miles Away was a raw, realistic, gorgeous story I will never forget about. That's the honest and wholesome truth in one sentence. After reading Lara Avery's other novel, The Memory Book, I had this urge inside of me to pick this one up as well and read it and bawl as I read it and feel like I'm connecting to the story, you know? Let's just say that this book was a gorgeous masterpiece I recommend to everyone
My original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An e-ARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley invite in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

3-3.5 stars! Uggggh, why, I really wanted to love this one! Don't get me wrong, I liked it enough, but I wasn't bowled over with the awesomeness I had b
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a military romance before but after A Million Miles Away, I'll have to read more. I cried...a lot. Peter was beyond perfect. Kelsey was just like me. I can only say that this book left me so darn emotional and it's worth every tear I cried. And it's also worth way more than five stars. Beautiful. Heart shattering, but oh so beautiful... ...more
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