Summary from Good Reads
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….
My thoughts on Miles From Ordinary:
This novel left me stunned. Speechless. I can’t even begin to imagine what life must be like for Lacey, despite how well the author articulates the situations.
Lacey is far stronger than any girl her age should have to be. Once her aunt leaves, it’s up to her to take care of everything. She struggles with love for her mother and the need to take care of her, and with the need to have a normal mother so she can have a normal life. And as anyone in that position, she feels guilty for those times she wishes her mother would leave.
The flashbacks were wonderful. Used skillfully in placing backstory that gives you an idea about how everything started, and how it progresses. The writing style makes it so you can really feel what Lacey is feeling. Especially when she returns home at one point and enters her Aunt Linda’s old room. Exceptionally well done.
I haven’t read any other books by this author, but Miles From Ordinary has piqued my interest in her other works. I definitely recommend this, it gets you thinking, and feeling. It stayed in my thoughts for a days even after I’d already started another book.