Thursday, October 23, 2014

100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles
By Andrew Smith
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014. 288 pgs. Young Adult.

Finn Easton was injured when a dead horse fell from a bridge and at the same time, killed his mother. No, really. He suffers from epilepsy because of the injury and throughout the book, the seizures he has are not only realistic, but I think an important part of who he is. His best friend, his family, and a new girl in town all are parts of his story. They are all endearing in their own way. The story follows Finn and Cade and Julia on their months together. The end has a heroic event for the boys, followed by a big romantic gesture.

If you need a quick, heartfelt read, this is a fantastic book. Finn thinks in miles, not time and that makes for a great new outlook on how you may perceive things. It was at times funny, at times a little sad, and more often it was just clever. If you like high school pranksters, want to read a story about a teen with a health issue that really messes with a person, or just need a nice story about friendship I would suggest this. So I would basically suggest this to anyone.


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