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 Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can't bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.
As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can't deny that she's falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn't want.
Title: A Million Miles Away
Author: Lara Avery
Publisher: Poppy (Little Brown)
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
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 herself to do it. And that's when things get out of hand and she can't go back to put them right.
I will say I didn't love Kelsey's character. While she is supposed to be less self-centered than Michelle, I don't find that to be the truth as the story progresses. I actually hate that she keeps so many secrets. I hate more that she gets away with them. At the same time, I understand her need to keep Michelle's spirit alive. I cannot fathom to understand how it would feel to loose a sibling, let alone a twin. It must be like having part of yourself ripped away. So, while I didn't agree with Kelsey's actions, I kind of understood how they could have come about.
I really loved Peter's character. The fact that Kelsey (who he thinks is Michelle) keeps him going while he's deployed is sweet and endearing. He's a good guy, which is a nice turn from the bad boys we see in so many of these types of books. It's no wonder Kelsey felt the need to keep him safe.
I think the ending of this book was probably my favorite part. The fact that things come to a head and there is drama about it made it feel all the more real. At first I didn't think things would turn out the way they did, but I was happy when Kelsey was eventually held accountable for her actions.
Overall I liked this book. It's not a typical romance, seeing as the characters are so far away from each other. It almost has that Sleepless in Seattle feel with the two characters being so far apart. Fans of contemporary romance will enjoy this melancholy and heart twisting story.