Book Type: Hardcover
Publisher: Henry Holt
Age Range: Young Adult
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
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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.
There are stories that remain recorded in your memory and thanks to them you understand the “why” of loving literature so much; The Miles Between is one of those stories. The story’s extract can be summarized with words like: coincidence, faith, destiny and second chances. The story begins with our narrator Destiny Faraday making us know the base of the world she lives in: where and “why”, we’ll superficially see a bit of her previous story lived at Hedbrook Academy. Destiny lives under a simple life code: routine, pre availability and does not bond with anyone, EVER. Until one day she wishes “just a fair day”. It’s October 19th when three Hedbrook Academy classmates and herself take the car’s steering wheel unto a journey that will change their lives forever. Right over the surface, many will think that this story is about coincidences alone, but goes way beyond. We’ll meet Destiny and the rest of her companions: Seth, Mira and Aidan on some wonderful way. Their journey will be infested with curious events “Serendipity” style and, however, the trail will leave tracks in the lives of each one of our characters. They will find something once lost in their lives, giving an opportunity to trust each other, meet with themselves and granting a new opportunity to live. Flawlessly written, the Miles Between is a story of a girl finding herself and realizing life itself in her.
1. This book’s got great potential as extracurricular material. It can be used to make dynamics such as:
If you could ask for a just a fair day:
- What would you do?
- How would it be?
- Who would you share it with?
2. If you could have the opportunity Aidan had on meeting X subject, what would you suggest that could change your country for good?
This among other topics. I think that the complexity of being young and some of them being scarred by their particular circumstances in its past allows this book to explore a lot of sad topics in a brilliant, modern way and rich in content without being boring.