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Miles from Ordinary chapter 1 Miles from Ordinary , meaning Miles from Ordinary , genre Miles from Ordinary , book cover Miles from Ordinary , flies Miles from Ordinary , Miles from Ordinary 71d22bf97bddd 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 Now This Award Winning YA Author Brings Us An Equally Gripping Story Of A Girl Who Loves Her Mother, But Must Face The Truth Of What Life With That Mother Means For Both Of Them


10 thoughts on “Miles from Ordinary

  1. says:

    3.5 stars This is a pretty intriguing novel, especially because the events mostly unfold over the course of one day and the story went in directions I didn t quite expect 14 year old Lacey has a lot on her plate for someone who s so young she s trying to pretend everything is normal to the outside world, but in reality, she s dealing with a depressed, unreliable mother and it s starting to take its toll on her Particularly because her mom still talks to Lacey s dead grandpa as if he were still alive.While I was very interested in the premise and it s certainly a fast read, I think there is perhaps a disconnect between subject, style, content, and intended audience The novel is very short and the plot is somewhat simple, and because it only touches on the surface of the topics of mental illness, potential foster care, etc., it seems suited to middle grade fiction or very young YA readers But then again, I see why this is categorized as young adult fiction, because the first person narrative and book s focus on Lacey s state of mind really would make this appealing to that audience This isn t the first time in which mental illness and a horror thriller have gone hand in hand, but since there was so much focus on the former, without scenarios and solutions that seemed sound, it became a bit difficult to stay invested in the story Some of the dialogue also seemed juvenile and the events rather overly dramatic, though they certainly contribute to getting a sense of Lacey s possible paranoia and being out of control.I ll tell you what made this book for me, however in the last third or so of the book, Lacey s emotions reach a fever pitch in a way that suddenly and masterfully draws in the reader with an unrelenting grip There is a creepy scene towards the end when your imagination runs wild and you re not quite sure what s real and what s not, and suddenly there is a question in your mind view spoiler as to whether Lacey herself might be crazy, too hide spoiler


  2. says:

    This book literally had me sleeping with the light on It s not just sad, it s very creepy towards the end I spent about two thirds of the book thinking it was good and really captured the pain and loneliness of a young girl who is ostracised and has no friends because of the situation with her severely depressed mother How sometimes she ll come home and find the house empty and have to go out searching for hours until she finds her mum wandering up the street in her nightgown How she is forced to live with her mum s rantings about granddaddy a man who died before Lacey the protagonist was even born.That was the first two thirds of the story.The last third scared the living hell out of me It was like a weird combination of Poltergeist and Psycho, and the kind of ending that has you listening to every slight sound your house makes as you re trying to fall asleep This might not be what everyone wants to hear, and probably why the book has quite mixed ratings but for me the strongest books stay with me for a long time, they shock me, affect me deeply, they make me feel something even if that something isn t necessarily good That s what Miles from Ordinary did for me.I really enjoyed the author s other novel The Chosen One but whether you enjoyed that or not doesn t really come into play here The only vague similarity that the two books share is the creepiness, and that was much pronounced in this book Other than that they are very different Miles from Ordinary focuses much on the internal struggle of the main character, you find yourself experiencing her sadness and loneliness as the story progresses where I felt The Chosen One explored the detrimental effects of a certain way of living and the way a whole society behaved, Miles from Ordinary took a close look inside Lacey s mind, it was very sad and very frightening and I m sure I won t be forgetting this book anytime soon.


  3. says:

    A slight novel, weighing in at just under 200 pages, Miles from Ordinary is exactly what it says on the cover Sparsely written, stripped back to the bones of Lacey s narration, there s not a wasted paragraph or scene here Every line serves a purpose, contributing to the unsettling tone of the story, and the chilling way in which the plot plays out.Carol Lynch William s execution of fourteen year old Lacey s voice is excellent, capturing all the anxiety, fear and longing that she experiences during the course of the day the novel covers At times these shades of emotion blend as Lacey s desire to protect and yet also be protected come into conflict, and she struggles to reconcile her feelings towards her mentally ill mother Shackled by her mother s personal ghosts, Lacey leads an isolated life She daydreams about making a friend Anticipates starting a new job at the library Tries to take a step toward an ordinary life for herself and her mother Yet there s always a note of unease, and the atmosphere of the story begins to shift from hopeful to almost frightening The picture of Lacey s life that emerges through her memories and the events as she relates them is deeply disquieting While the latter part of the book takes a turn for the suspenseful and rather creepy, it s Lacey s mental and emotional response to her mother s illness that struck me the most What this book does for awareness and understanding of mental illness, I m not sure but the portrayal of a teenage girl attempting to process her conflicted feelings about it felt authentic and moving There was something very powerful about the emotions this book evoked, watching Lacey begin to grasp the full extent of her mother s instability.That said, I can t help but feel slightly uneasy about the way mental illness is treated in the book Using it as a device for suspense and even horror feels somewhat unjust, to me, and I was never really comfortable with it once the book kicked into thriller mode While it certainly packs emotional impact, and brings home exactly how difficult Lacey s situation is, part of me felt as if the illness had been cast in a role of the villain, which I can t help but see as harmful There s a note of hope in the conclusion of the story, however, I m unsure whether this is very effective in bringing balance and depth to the treatment of mental illness here Miles From Ordinary is an unusual, striking book It s beautifully written, and the characterisation of Lacey is exceptional Heavily atmospheric and haunting, it s an undeniably compelling read Cover note While I m not usually a fan of the large, cropped face effect in this case it has won me over I find something about the colour scheme and the expression really beautiful, and fitting for the tone of the book This review also appears at The Midnight Garden


  4. says:

    When I was little, one of my favourite games was the Exquisite Corpse No seriously, please read on I assure you it is child safe.You play it by drawing part of a creature, say the head and beginning of the torso Then you fold it over and pass it onto another person to draw another section Once the entire body is complete comes the exciting unveiling and one could say that the often macabre result does indeed resemble the exquisite body of some un dead beast Miles From Ordinary reminds me of a game of Exquisite Corpse played out inside Carol Lynch Williams mind while in both Jekyll and Hyde mode.Three quarters of it the head down to the lower body is concocted by an unhinged, but coherent author describing a day in the life of young Lacey who in a time of desperation, has signed her severely mentally ill mother up for a job They are both in need of money since their inheritance has run out and Lacey is also badly in need of respite away from a woman who constantly draws her into her hallucinatory episodes Lacey is only thirteen, but she is half an adult, making logical decisions for the both of them, but at the same time she is also a child, unable to grasp the consequences of what will happen if she leads her mother out in the world I think Lacey is beautifully drawn and I actually enjoyed the slow, languid prose of this section of the book, reflective of Lacey s never ending ordeal.The last quarter of the novel the legs of our Exquisite Corpse is composed by the author on Mr Hyde overdrive The book suddenly turns into some sort of full on freaky horror story complete with a blackout and cliched creaky stairs I can understand what Williams is doing, trying to add another layer and getting the reader to ponder the reliability of Lacey s narrative and thus the hereditary nature of mental illness Pushing toward a showy climax because her editor probably told her she needed to ButEven though the story logically flows, there s something about it that doesn t quite fit And unfortunately I can t offer a solution as to what could be done differently The last time I played Exquisite Corpse we got a bear in a tutu with chicken feet and much in the same way I am under no authority to tell this tutu wearing bear what to do with himself, this bookjustiswhat it is.I look at this story and try to see what the Award Givers like about this book I can see that it tackles a big issue mental illness and it is indeed beautiful in a strange way literary.But then again if I looked through the lens of this book being written by Stephen King, who in a moment of whimsy had decided to write a contemporary YA channelling the voice of William Faulkner who is somehow moonlighting as a pulp fiction author and near the end couldn t help, but burst out as his true self with the sequel to The Dark Half then you know, I could also say this was true Is this Literary YA or just a bunch of bad, hokey sounding prose masquerading as Literary YA I can t say anything except it and I are both confused Miles from Ordinary is an Exquisite Corpse in written form, in all respects.This review also appears here on my blog Books on Marrs.Thanks to Reynje for this book which I got in a swap for Losing It As we have both conceded both are 3 star reads, is it an even swap and I just haven t been passing onto her my bung reads


  5. says:

    Great concept but uneven executionIn Williams MILES FROM ORDINARY, thirteen year old Lacey just wants a normal day Since her aunt left a year ago, Lacey has been forced to take care of her mentally ill mother by herself In an attempt to gain some freedom and some income for both of them, Lacey gets her mother a job as a cashier while she plans to volunteer at the local library Hoping against hope that she will have one ordinary day and maybe make a friend in the process, Lacey drops off her mother at the grocery store When Lacey later discovers that her mother is missing, her world begins to quickly spiral out of control Despite the affecting subject matter, MILES FROM ORDINARY didn t grab me as I had hoped The topic squarely put the novel in the young adult category, but the writing and the young voice seemed appropriate for middle grades Because of this, I m unsure of whether the book will find the right fit with its intended audience Pacing was slow throughout much of the novel, but the final 30 pages became fast paced and downright terror filled Though engaging, this quick shift in tone and style didn t mesh with the rest of the book Events became unexplainable during these final pages too, in a way that made the events unbelievable When the story does wrap up, it does so too quickly and too easily Further, while the book accurately portrays that mental illness can lead to horrible ends, it does so in a way that I fear may unfairly stigmatize mental illness as being a condition that frequently leads to hurting others On the positive side, I appreciated that Williams was willing to tackle an important issue like mental illness and how it affects children Written in first person, present tense, the novel movingly depicted the constant worries and stresses that Lacey endured as a child trying to take care of an unstable parent Also, while the book was slow to start, the tension really ratcheted up at the end, and I found myself truly frightened and unsettled while reading the final pages Though mental illness remains a neglected and overlooked topic in literature and in society, I m disappointed to report that I felt this book didn t add a great deal to its understanding Even with these qualms, I plan to read Williams THE CHOSEN ONE to see how she handles another explosive and frightening topic, that of forced polygamy Note This review refers to an advance reader s copy.


  6. says:

    Lacey is, on the outside, your everyday 14 year old girl At home, however, she s the sole caregiver for her mother who is plagued every day by paranoia, delusions and bipolar tendencies Lacey loves her mother than anything in the world, but she relishes the time away from her mother those little moments where she can be herself and be a teenager She is excited for a summer full of the little joys in life She wants sleepovers, trips to the library and an escape from her mother s delusions of her dead father visiting herbut dreams are hard to hold onto when reality is far from happy.I ve yet to read anything by the author, Carol Lynch Williams, but people have sung the praises of her other book, The Chosen One The premise of Miles From Ordinary captured me, and despite being wary of a younger MC narrating the story, I was hopeful for the best Carol Lynch Williams nailed Lacey s voice with a raw, insightful and powerful look into a young girl s mind as she tries to hold both her life and her mother s life together Pieced together with stark and simple prose, a haunting background and a setting that sets a scene of its own, Miles From Ordinary is one of those stories that resonates real feeling from every page.Lacey s story begins with a bang Her nightmares are real, and her reality is somewhat of a nightmare, too, so Miles From Ordinary captured me from the get go Lacey, though young, had a distinct voice and take on her life situation She s strong, but she has a vulnerability about her that makes the sadness of the story that much tangible Lacey s mother, Angela, had me hating her, pitying her and loving her all at the same time Her illness was a character of sorts, as well, spinning the struggles into every bit of Lacey s story Gripping and realistic, Lacey s struggle to find her mother, both literally and figuratively was captivating.I have to admit, though I was excited for Miles From Ordinary, I was still worried that it would live up to the premise However, it definitely exceeded all my expectations I cried for Lacey and her mother, and I felt myself rooting for a happy ending the whole time I give this book a firm 5 out of 5, and I recommend it to all fans of YA and even adult fiction, especially those who enjoy contemporary stories.I received this ARC free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.


  7. says:

    This is my first experience with Williams and I had high hopes and high expectations, but there were several things about it that didn t work for me For starters, the voice was wrong Despite the main character being 14 years old, her voice is so juvenile Even if she had to deal with a mentally ill mother and a complete lack of social integration at school because of it, she d still be less childish than this girl I wanted included in the mix of emotions anger and embarrassment, something than utter devotion, something a little appropriate for the age Maybe for an 11 year old I could believe the voice and it is a strong voice which is a risk I appreciate Williams for taking but the voice read too much like middle grade For most of the book, the plot also moved too slowly to grab me A slow voice, lots of internal dialogue, and every few paragraphs interrupted by memory, and the day dragged Despite the book being a very quick read, it took me 4 days to finish because I was never anxious to pick it up until the last 50 or so pages While I found the climax chilling, I had some believability issues up until that point that kept it from striking me the way it should have view spoiler I didn t believe a 14 year old girl would shout I love you to her mother on a public bus I didn t believe she d be angry at her aunt for leaving when she was escorted off the property by police by a restraining order I didn t believe the police would issue that restraining order when her mother was so clearly mentally ill I know these situations fall through the cracks all the time, but where her aunt was fighting to help Lacey, someone would have investigated her living situation and found it highly unsuitable hide spoiler


  8. says:

    Absorbing, but deeply flawed This book is at its strongest when exploring Lacey s life with her profoundly mentally ill mother Her mother s condition is never definitively diagnosed Depression is mentioned in passing, but her mother also experiences vivid auditory hallucinations and paranoia, which made me think schizophrenia Unfortunately, Williams verges into outright horror movie territory towards the end, and it really doesn t help the story at all It also doesn t help that Lacey sounds slightly immature for a fourteen year old in her circumstances, or the general too good to be true nature of new neighbor Aaron Yes, introducing an outside perspective does show just how much Lacey has been lying to herself about her mother s condition, but did that outside perspective have to come in the form of a cute, effortlessly cool and endlessly understanding boy


  9. says:

    Powerful would be an understatement Miles From Ordinary goes where other young adult books seldom go as it explores the world of mental illness.Lacey is a young teen whose dream of a normal life is not realistic because she is the caregiver to her mentally ill mother Facing this serious situation, Lacey is forced to grow up quickly I found myself completely drawn into Lacey s world A world of fear and vulnerability love and family bonds.Carol Lynch Williams slowly drops bits of the past into her story She lets the reader discover why Lacey s mother has become the way she has and why Lacey s aunt left them This is probably my favorite part of reading Miles From Ordinary the beautiful way this disturbing story is laid out and presented.The ending is horrific and it was difficult for me to get through I am so thankful that my life is not like Lacey s I have a whole new respect for people who suffer from a mental illness.RATING4 LikedCOVER COMMENTSAn extreme close up of Lacey where she seems to be in disbelief Her disheveled hair shows the uncertainty of her life Yeah, I like it.


  10. says:

    Wow, this book was really good But also, extremely different Let s start off by saying that the only thing keeping me from giving this book a 5 5 stars was because at parts, I was really confused I wasn t really sure what was going on, and although I know it s pretty obvious at the end, the author was still not straight forward as to what exactly was going on with Lacey s mother Clearly, some type of schizophrenia, I m assuming, or just straight out crazy.Other than that, this book was so good With it being on 197 pages, it was definitely a quick read that got right into the plotline from the start It was filled with flashbacks and stories of Lacey s past, that really helped to understand the book better I m honestly really impressed with the work of Carol Lynch Williams I m going to def be picking up of her novels, because i m really loving the way she writes, and the interesting stories she comes up with.


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