The Compulsive Reader: The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson

Destiny Faraday is looking for one perfect day. One day where everything will add up to something that is right. She's been shuffled from boarding school to boarding school, unwanted by her parents, and she learns to withdraw from everyone else, to not get attached. Except on this day, October 19th, she inexplicably finds herself in a car with three of her classmates, the road stretching before them, leaving everything to chance.

The Miles Between is a novel full of coincidences, friendship, hurt, and healing. Though a little hard to get into at first, Destiny's story soon comes grabs on to the reader and doesn't let go until you find exactly what she is looking for. The characters are funny and real, and make this a completely entertaining and down to earth read, and their perfect day is one that everyone dreams of having. Destiny's search for herself and acceptance is memorable and poignant; it'll make you laugh and cry in the same min
ute. Though her character seemed a bit odd in the beginning, she makes much more sense towards the end of the book, which is when she really comes to life, and her journey is eccentric and amusing. Pearson wraps up the book in a clever way that doesn't seem contrived, and will make readers smile in satisfaction. This uplifting read is one of Pearson's best yet.

Cover Comments: I like elements of this cover a lot. I love the view of the teens from below with the sky as the backdrop; I think it is a really neat effect and captures the mood of the book. However, I loathe the title treatment! It's too cartoon-ish, and the yellow color just seems to come out of nowhere, and I think it makes the book cover look less professional! I much prefer the title from the ARC, pictured belo
w. Other than the title, the cover is fantastic...just please stay away from bright yellow, cartoon fonts from now on, Henry Holt! Please!


Belle said...

What a great name: Destiny Faraday! I agree with you about the cover - that font for the title definitely looks out of place.

Thao said...

Woah the cover for the ARC is beautiful, I hope the copy I'm about to get is an ARC. Love how the book sounds and I agree with Belle, Destiny Faraday is a cool name.

Lenore Appelhans said...

Glad you liked it so much too! One of my favorite books of 2009 for sure.

Anonymous said...

I have to say that the ARC cover is so much nicer. I love the wide open road and the clouds, it's so beautiful. I can't wait to read this book. I love Mary E. Pearson

Natasha @ Maw Books said...

I must admit that I loathe this cover as well. But I can't wait to read the book.

Anonymous said...

And I must admit the ARC cover is my favorite too, but the other one is growing on me. But there IS a very nice surprise beneath the dust jacket that will please those who like the arc jacket : )

Thank you for the awesome review! So glad you liked it!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

The ARC cover was so much better, especially the title treatment. I can't understand what happened there!