Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams is an incredibly short book, one of those reads you could easily finish in an afternoon, with short chapters as well. I thought that Miles From Ordinary was one of those books that could pass as either middle grade or young adult. It opens with fourteen year old protagonist Lacey feeling optimistic toward her new job as a library volunteer over the summer. Lacey’s mom also has a new job, as a cashier at Winn-Dixie. Lacey hopes that everything will go off without a hitch and that she’ll make a new friend and won’t feel so lonely anymore. There’s just one problem, Lacey’s mom is certifiably nuts.
Taking place over 24 hours, Miles From Ordinary had me glued to the pages and nervous. See, whenever a crazy person shows up I can’t look away from the page. I found myself hoping that everything would turn out alright for Lacey. While I didn’t connect with her, I recognized her hard lot in life. I mean, YOU GUYS, her mom buys food to stock up for the apocalypse and is also pretty sure that Lacey’s dead grandfather is talking to her. So, that’s a ton of INSANE to deal with. Like, Lacey’s mom does a bunch of crazy things because she thinks her father is telling her to do it.
Plenty of weird things go down. I wasn’t prepared for the WTF moments because I guess I was expected a warm and fuzzy contemporary, judging by the big face on the cover. BAHAHAHHA. I WAS WRONG. Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams has some freaking creepy scenes. And well, it’s a great thing that I love to be scared, because otherwise I would have set the book down. Like, it gets real, you guys. And I think if you like to be creeped out while reading and maybe jump a little, you’ll be down with Miles From Ordinary.
While Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams isn’t the greatest book I’ve read and while I never connected with Lacey, it’s not a bad read. If you are in the mood for freaky without paranormal creatures, then you should totally check this book out.
Disclosure: Received for review.
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