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100 Sideways Miles

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,916 ratings  ·  1,153 reviews
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It's how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he's a real boy and not just a character in his father's bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Simon &​ Schuster
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Deb Day I teach 8th graders. This book went through my class like a rocket. They all loved it, boys and girls. Yes, there are some parts that some would say a…moreI teach 8th graders. This book went through my class like a rocket. They all loved it, boys and girls. Yes, there are some parts that some would say are inappropriate, but it's what kids live and hear every day. Introduce your daughter to Andrew Smith. He's an amazing author.(less)
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Jan 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, own, e-books, beta
I fucking love Andrew Smith. That is all.
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Whitney Atkinson
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this! Andrew Smith is an author I'm very familiar with, but if you're not and you decide to pick this (or any of his books up), you're in for a real treat. Truly, there is nothing like them that is done quite as well. Crude in a total teenage boyish way, but not disgusting; it's HILARIOUS. I loved the plot of this book. I love how Finn, our main character, is both silly yet intelligent. I loved that he had a seizure condition; it made the book so re ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Sometimes books imitate life. And sometimes books imitate lives that imitate books.”

How do I even summarize 100 Sideways Miles? Rather than blubber all over the page, I’m going to use the author’s own words to tell you what it’s about: “A story involving alien visitors from outer space, an epileptic kid who doesn’t really know where he came from, knackeries and dead horses falling a hundred sideways miles, abandoned prisons
Neil (or bleed)
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
“I thought about words - like words in books - and how just saying them made things real.”

This is the first book I've read from Andrew Smith and I chose this because it is not that long compared to his other novels. Hahaha.

100 Sideways Miles is a coming-of-age novel that I enjoyed reading because of its realistic characters. If not for them, this will be an ordinary/typical read for me. In books that seem plotless, the characters and their growth are what I am rooting for. It is a great fact
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

Sometimes I don't want reality, it seems. Although I can't deny that Finn's voice is pretty believable, the writing is bugging me for two reasons :

Overly long sentences that drive me nuts : Look, I read far worse (particularly during my college years, with La Route des Flandres, or The Flanders Road in English where Claude Simon writes sentences of 3 pages - I'm dead serious. 3 fucking pages. AW-FUL. My teacher used to say that it was aimed to lose the reader like the character in WW2. Yeah
Adam Silvera
My favorite Andrew Smith novel.


Andrew Smith (Winger; Grasshopper Jungle) pens a phenomenal novel about life's many detours, told in the unforgettable voice of an epileptic teenager with heterochromatic eyes (one blue, one green) and a strange history.

When 16-year-old Finn Easton was seven years old, a dead horse that was being transported to a rendering plant fell "one hundred sideways miles" off a bridge and landed on Finn and his mother. The imp
Jul 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, blog, young-adult
Warning: Rant Incoming.

I had so many issues with this novel...where do I start? How about with the gross overuse of the terms " I've got a boner" ,"ridiculous" and "knackery"(we get it everything is a damn knackery!).

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The characters are 17 but act more like 13, which may or may not be a realistic portrayal of teenage boys. Finn was kind of an asshole, and although his outbursts were always blamed on his " blank outs", an asshole is an asshole is an asshole. What really grinded my gears to the poi
Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
"A story involving alien visitors from outer space, an epileptic kid who doesn't really know where he came from, knackeries and dead horses falling a hundred sideways miles, abandoned prisons, a shadow play, moons and stars, and jumping from a bridge into a flood..."

I can go either way with these books meant for teen readers...but really freaking kind of loved this one. I laughed and laughed. One teacher is a total trainwreck and tried to get the school to stop saying "fuck." That went over....s
Eden Grey
Finn Easton is a 16 year-old boy living in the middle of no-where, California. Finn never tells anyone how he really feels. He is very good at just "being fine." He's okay. Always okay. Except he's not, really. This is the story of Finn's becoming more than okay with who he is. The journey of an epileptic, baseball-playing, poetic, never-been-kissed teenage boy. And it is a journey that all boys someday go on: how to escape from the book of their life and write their own story.

By the second chap
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, road-trip
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Andrew Smith's novels always fill me with intense feeling of wonder and happiness; 100 Sideway Miles made me want to scream my love for it from the rooftops because it's just that good. This isn't your average coming-of-age story, it's so much better (but if you've read anything by Smith, this isn't news to you). 100 Sideway Miles is a wonderfully strange novel that will make readers laugh and fill them with so many raw, irrepressible emotio
Jacob McCabe
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Leaning more toward 4.5 stars...maybe.

I really liked this book! There were a few minor flaws, but the story and character development finally fell through in the end. I have to say, though, that the blurb on the inside jacket of the hardcover literally spoils the entire book...the road trip and climax of the story happen in the last 50 pages or so. It's a little misleading.

My main complaint is that the love interest, Julia, strangely felt like she had no personality. Their relationship and love
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"The planet of humans and dogs spins and sails, spins and sails.
There is nothing I can do about it. Things keep moving. The knackery never shuts down."

This book is perfect. All around and in every possible way. It's not for everyone, it's probably not for most of y'all, but to me it is perfect. It's special and meaningful and intelligent and clever and freaking awesome and if I was Cade Hernandez I would totally get a boner now. Thank you, Andrew Smith.
Lauren Stoolfire
100 Sideways Miles is my least favorite of Andrew Smith's books that I've read so far. I enjoy the author's off-the-wall writing style, and if you're a fan of his I still recommend picking it up. Fair warning: Cade is incredibly irritating. Finn though definitely grows on you, if you give him the chance. ...more
Brigid ✩
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short Review:

I love Andrew Smith and I loved this book. This one is a little lower on the "WTF" scale than some of his other books, but it definitely has that trademark Andrew Smith style--great writing, great characters. A really sweet, funny, and moving story.

Full Review:

~coming eventually~
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Even though it often is awash in a cascade of quirk (sideways-falling horses at twenty miles a second, fallen angels that...ahem...have their way with and eat their hosts, emoticon-shaped cicatrices, sticky atoms, knackeries, "bullfighting names", little girl-ghosts, flood disasters, lakes-that-are-not-lakes, abandoned prisons, character-swallowing books, etc.), Andrew Smith's 100 Sideways Miles is a real charmer. Though the quirk level often seemed to drown the fact that there wasn't m
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
100 Sideways Miles. An odd title isn't it? But it makes so much sense. I LOVED THIS BOOK.

This is the first book that I have read by Andrew Smith. Yes I am probably the only one who has yet to read his famed Winger series. Trust me, I'll get to it soon enough.
I am in awe with this writer's skills of storytelling. I loved it so so much.
Every character in the book were relatable and they felt age appropriate. Nothing seemed out of place and I must say that Cade and Finn are my absolute favourit
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received an Advance Reviewer Copy of 100 Sideways Miles from Simon and Schuster Canada though Goodreads First Reads. I'm really grateful to have gotten my hands on this book, and not having to wait until September was even better.

I'd never heard of Andrew Smith before I found this book listed as a giveaway. I read the summary and read a few reviews and I thought the book sounded really cool. After I read the actual book, I decided that the book is more than just cool. It's fan-freaking-tastic!
Karen ⊰✿
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a lovely coming-of-age story with (almost) 17 year old Finn trying to break free of being his father's son (a famous author who wrote a main character called Finn in his books), and his life as an epileptic teenager.
Finn's best friend, Cade, is foul mouthed, obsessed with sex, and doesn't know anything about the fictional Finn - which works perfectly for their friendship and provides some good comic relief through the book.
An easy read recommended to YA fans looking for a story about fri
2 stars

I didn't really like this book. It was boring and i didn't like the beginning when the author kept switching back and forth between different topics and then continuing with one of those topics a couple pages (or sometimes chapters) later. I do like the concept of instead of measuring by time, you measure in distance instead. That was the only part I found really interesting. As for the rest of the book, I couldn't care less. I didn't care for the characters (especially Cade). And as much
Andrew Hicks
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
I love Andrew Smith's style. He's a social media master, and his novels have given me many hours of enjoyment. But it all peaked for me with the first Smith book I read, Winger , which felt authentic, hilarious, bawdy and fun, just lots of fun to read. The second Smith I read, Grasshopper Jungle , was calculatedly weird in an irritating way but still had plenty to admire. Now the latest, 100 Sideways Miles , was worth checking out but felt foremost to me like a half-bake ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, e-books
5 Stars


100 Sideways Miles proved to me once again why Andrew Smith is a favorite author of mine. He writes for the male population…Like the Marbury Lens series this novel is really a clever way to tell a coming of age story. Finn our young hero in this book easily stands with Jack from the Marbury lens series.


Why did I enjoy this read from start to finish. It is really quite simple. Andrew Smith knows what the men and boys like and is not afraid to
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Andrew Smith is a twisted genius. I love the circular nature of his books, circling back to seemingly unimportant details until the significance emerges.
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
*3.5 stars*
Clara Grace
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I cannot wait to read this book again.

I am always immediately pulled in to books that are about other books or people trapped in books or books that have a some mind-bending element. It is about a teenage boy who lives inside of his father's book (and no, not like in Stranger Than Fiction). But, this book is about so much more than that. It is about the billions and billions of miles that are our lives as we speed through space on this planet. It is about those m
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
I'm really conflicted on how I want to rate this. Like I think I enjoyed it, but I feel like there was no point to the novel at all. I'm reviewing it now, and I really don't know where I want to round it, because I feel like it was a little better than just 'okay,' but I didn't like it as much as some of my other 3 star books, like Princess of Thorns, or Rites of Passage for example. So the 2.5 stays, with rounded down to a 2. It was a really quick read, that was mostly just funny, but I di
The Bibliophagist
I’m really disappointed with this one. The Winger series was great, but this book however, was anything but.

Let’s begin, shall we?

InstaLove: Yes, Finn and Julia have a terrible case of instalove. It’s tragic that so many YA books come down with this horrible disease. Within the first few pages of meeting each other, Finn already makes a comment about how in love with Julia he is. I get that people are attractive, and you can feel a certain pull when you first meet them. But love? No.

The charact
This is more accessible and, I think, better written, more tightly edited, and more enjoyable than Grasshopper Jungle. It's still a weird story about aliens and falling horses and a boy who sees things in miles, rather than in minutes, but Finn's story is also one about love and learning how to live your life for yourself. This is also a solid story of guy friendship. Smith offers up a diverse cast of characters, too: Finn has epilepsy, Julia is half black, and Cade is Latino.

My one criticism w
Kirsten flinn
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best contemporary book I have ever read. Words cannot describe the amazingness. The writing style is flawless, the plot is SO creative and probably took so much work and dedication and I love Andrew Smith for putting his all into this book. This is an automatic all time favorite for me now. Its a book for a more mature audience (really there is some things in there that some people would not feel comfortable reading) but the characters are so relatable and real and the whole story just came ...more
Shaun Hutchinson
Do you know what I love about Andrew Smith's books? If you erased the author's names from hundreds of books and slipped one of his in, I guarantee you I could find it easily. He has such a distinctive voice that it doesn't matter whether he's writing about sex-crazed insects, parallel worlds, or an epileptic kid who once had a horse fall on him. It only took me about 432,000 miles to read this book, but Finn's hilarious and heartbreaking story is going to stick with me for billions and billions ...more
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Andrew Smith is the author of Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, The Alex Crow, 100 Sideways Miles, and Rabbit & Robot, among others. Exile from Eden: Or, After the Hole, the long-awaited sequel to Grasshopper Jungle, is coming from Simon & Schuster on September 24, 2019.

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