Miles from Nowhere by Amy Clipston

Chelsea Morris has always been responsible, dependable, and focused on her dreams of fashion design―a dream that will officially begin come fall, when she leaves for college in New York City. And as she settles into her role as the lead designer for the local summer stock theater group, she decides to make the most of her last summer in North Carolina. But with her best friend Emily busy working late and spending time with Zander, and tensions with Chelsea’s boyfriend, Todd, running high, the summer she envisioned seems to be falling flat.

Then Dylan joins the latest summer production. There’s something about the college boy that makes her feel free and alive, and soon she’s broken up with Todd, and is sneaking out late to meet Dylan at parties and breaking rules at the playhouse. But before she knows it, her exciting nights are interfering with her job, her role on the play, as well as her relationship with Emily and with her parents. Worse, Chelsea finds herself feeling more and more estranged from God.

As the summer becomes wilder than she ever dreamed, Chelsea must decide if her heart is leading her in the right direction after all.

Miles from Nowhere is the newest addition (and maybe final? I’m not sure) to Amy Clipston’s YA contemporary series. If you would like to read my previous reviews of the first two books in the series, the links are below:

Roadside Assistance

Destination Unknown

I must say, this book intrigued me. The plot sounded different then the first two, and I was curious to how Amy would address the harder topics like drinking, partying, and blatant disobedience to parents. The previous books did deal with topics like these, but not this strongly.

First, lets talk about Amy’s writing style. Even if I am not always a fan of her books, her writing is always great. I love her wording and how she writes. It’s hard to explain, but it’s true.

Next, the characters. If you have read my reviews before, you probably have realized that what really makes or breaks a book for me is the characters. If the characters are good, I enjoy a book much more, even if the plot is bothersome.

Sadly, Chelsea was such an annoying protagonist, I am glad the book wasn’t longer.

I don’t think I could have handled any more of her. I mean, I totally understand that she Is human and will make mistakes. And, sadly, I understand that people go through exactly what Chelsea went through. But I was constantly shaking my head and groaning at her decisions. I understood the first 1 or 2 times. But I only have so much sympathy for her. Plus, I feel like she was whiny and got off way too easily with her actions.

But Todd? Complete opposite. I loved him! He was like the perfect boyfriend, and he treated Chelsea right. Their relationship issues were totally her fault, not his.

Dylan was a jerk. I saw right through him from the beginning.

Kylie was a brat.

Marni was awesome.

Finally, I can’t say that this book was horrible, because sometimes I enjoyed it. But the predictability and protagonist made this story lose what it needed to be the best in the series.

-Lilian-

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