Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
Author: Carol Lynch Williams
Recommended To: This is Young Adult, but there were some intensely strong themes - so probably not young adults.
My friend won this book on a giveaway and was surprised at how good it was. So, she recommended it to me. I don't usually read young adult fiction and I picked this book for this weekend mostly to up my book count on Goodreads. I have goals to meet, you know.
I was also pleasantly surprised about how excellent this book was. This is the story of a 13 year old girl who is left to care for her mentally ill mother. The story takes place over just one 24 hour period and essentially reads like a short story. It took me under three hours to finish it.
Lacey, the main character, and her mother live in her mother's childhood home and are both starting new jobs at the beginning of the story. The book unravels slowly all of the tension and drama that has caused Lacey to be the sole caretaker for her mother and the book ends with a bang.
I really enjoyed it - I feel like I can't describe the book much more because I'll give away something juicy, but I think this book was surprisingly well written, it kept my attention for the three hours that I read it, and it was a good story that I thought about for a bit afterward. There is some really heavy stuff in this book and I don't think it is really for kids, but, it was a good read for me on a lazy Saturday afternoon.