Release Date: March 15, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
Thirteen-year-old Lacey wakes to a beautiful summer morning excited to begin her new job at the library, just as her mother is supposed to start work at the grocery store. Lacey hopes that her mother’s ghosts have finally been laid to rest; after all, she seems so much better these days, and they really do need the money. But as the hours tick by and memories come flooding back, a day full of hope spins terrifyingly out of control….
“No one can get inside the head and heart of a 13-year-old girl better than Carol Lynch Williams, and I mean no one,” said James S. Jacobs, Professor of Children’s Literature at Brigham Young University, of her breakout novel, The Chosen One. Now this award-winning YA author brings us an equally gripping story of a girl who loves her mother, but must face the truth of what life with that mother means for both of them.
This is a powerful, thought provoking book. It may not seem like it just by reading the blurb, or even when you first start the book, but your thoughts will still be churning long after you turn the last page. Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams shines light on something that most people don’t think about, unless you are in that situation yourself. Living with someone who is mentally ill.
Lacy’s Mom has always been “Not right”, but she is getting worse and worse and the money is running out. Miles from Ordinary takes place all in one day, the day that Lacy is starting her new job at the library and her Mom is starting a new job at the Winn Dixie. The story unravels from there. The first 100 pages were a little slow, but the last 100 pages more than make up for it.
As Lacy goes through her day she is bombarded with memories and flashbacks of things that her mother has done. That all comes to a climax in the last half. I was literally on the edge of my seat for the last half of this book. I was right there with Lacy as she struggled to figure out what her mother would do next. I felt all of her emotions and I was a little exhausted and breathless when it was all over.
This is a scary book because it is so real. Kids and teens are put in these situations all the time. It will stay on your mind for days after you finish it and I highly recommend Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams if you are a fan of books that deal with tough situations.