Book Talk: A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

Book Talk: A Million Miles Away by Lara AveryA Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Published by Poppy on July 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary YA
Also by this author: The Memory Book
Format: ARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



When a girl loses her twin sister in an accident she is naturally devastated. She realizes that her sister’s boyfriend has no idea about her death because he is in Afghanistan on a tour. She has intentions of telling him but when she does get to connect with him she doesn’t have the heart to tell him, for a couple reasons, but mostly in that moment she sees how hard things have been over them for him. She lets him believe she’s her sister but lines start to blur when she starts to have real feelings for him.

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The marketing copy says “for fans of Nicholas Sparks” and I have to say I felt like that was pretty accurate. It was definitely the emotional drama type read I needed for the pool and I breezed through it though I felt SICK to my stomach the whole time as I was reading and she strung this lie out. This is one of those books from the onset that you are like OH GIRL THIS IS A BAD IDEA. I mean, impersonating your dead twin to her boyfriend who is overseas in the military? EEP. ALERT ALERT. HORRENDOUSLY BAD IDEA.

The bad decision she makes doesn’t even bother me that much. I believed it. That sometimes in the moment, especially when grieving, you could make a really bad choice. I understood that it made her FEEL something to feel like she was doing something good for him and also kind of denying that her twin was gone in some ways. I understood how sometimes you get yourself tangled so badly in a lie that you don’t know how to get out of it with the least amount of damage. I was like OH GIRL STOP THIS but I couldn’t stop reading because I truly was invested in her grief and how the story would play out. I enjoyed watching the dynamics of her family as they were trying to grieve as well.

I was digging the book but then slowly my feelings started to wane as we get closer towards the end and things happen with the ~romance~ between Peter and Kelsey. I can’t explain it without spoilers so just know that how it all ended up made the difference from it being okay to my next notch up on the rating scale.

So here’s my super spoilery explanation for what irked me:

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(I was going back and forth between it was okay and mixed feelings to be honest. But typically my “it was okay” doesn’t have me feeling such strong negative feelings about a big aspect).

factors+ how compulsively it made me read, writing, the grief explored & the family dynamics

Re-readability: no
Would I buy a copy for my collection? no

a5people looking for a Nicholas Sparks-esque book, people looking for a romantic beach read you’ll race through, people who aren’t bothered by predictability

a8It was no doubt a compulsive read that was perfect for the beach but I just really didn’t enjoy the romance and the ending even though I should have realized that it was going to be predictable. I did enjoy the story up until then and the grieving process she goes through really had me emotional.



a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
What did you think about the ending if you’ve read it?? Mark spoilers in the comments please! 🙂



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Ooooohhhh, I’m so intrigued by this one! It definitely sounds like something I HAVE TO READ. I am definitely going to add it to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

    Cheryl @ I Heart Fictional People

  2. I read this book as well and I really felt like everything was just to coincidental and just to easy! I also felt like towards the ending the story became really abrupt, almost? But yes I agree with everything that you mentioned in the spoilery section! Also many people have loved this book and I’m just sitting here like ‘EH’ so glad someone agrees with me! 😀

  3. Yeah, I wasn’t a huge fan of this one. I get that sometimes people make spontaneous decisions because of grief, but she just kept on with the charade and it got old. Then she basically cheated on her boyfriend with Peter and that turned me off completely. Then the ending was just way too neat and easy. I can see why you had mixed feelings about this one. I did as well.

  4. Thanks for this review, Jamie. Especially the spoilers. I’ve been super on the fence about reading it because I’m curious about the author but I also know from past experience that I don’t generally like books with characters in the military. I also do not like anything about Nicholas Sparks’ books ever. So I’m thinking maybe this is going to be an easy one to take off the “to read” list now.

  5. Oh no! I had been looking forward to reading this, but from the looks of it, it seems like something I wouldn’t enjoy as much. I think I’ll still be reading it at some point, but it just won’t be a priority! Thanks for a great review; it was very helpful and enjoyable to read!

    -Grace 🙂

  6. This sounds like a Nicholas Sparks version of Jandy Nelson, which…pass. I’d had that feeling from the blurb, and I’m glad I listened to my instincts. Glad it was good pool reading, at least!