Title: The Miles Between
Author: Mary E. Pearson
Published: 2009 by Henry Holt and Co.
Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don’t get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip.They’re searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny’s unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, “Things are not always what they seem.” Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone.
Mrs. Pearson has this incredible talent for writing insanely complex characters. Characters you don’t fully understand until the end of the book. The Adoration of Jenna Fox was like this, with Jenna slowly learning who she was, and in this book, Destiny is a character you don’t fully understand until the end of the book.
I read this really quickly (started it at night and finished it the next day). It was very compelling and it felt like I had to because the whole book takes place over one day. There’s not time to just let it sit! Each character was so richly drawn and complex. Mira, Aidan, and Seth are all so confusing and yet simple. I really can’t describe it. Their journey of self-discovery is intriguing and endearing.
Basically, Mary E. Pearson is a writing genius.
Content Warnings: Mild language