The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson.
Henry Holt and Company: NY, 2009.

Pearson writes about one crazy car trip with four students in pursuit of a fair day. Though the trip is not too long, Destiny travels a long distance to confront a past which has kept her in a pattern of aloneness and changing boarding schools since she was 7 years old.

The day starts with the routine of the school which has helped Destiny to cope, her antipathy to October 19, and her determination to stay alone and hidden. An odd conversation with a stranger signals the possibility of this fair day, and she grabs it willfully, dragging along three others. Seth because he is in need of fairness, undeservedly given trash duty, and he can drive. Mira happens by and is the closest thing Destiny has to a friend at the school. Aidan appears and is her friend's friend.

The day is rife with coincidences. Nothing else would have kept them so focused on their day. Four unlikely people thrown together for a day by fate. While they each get something out of it, clearly it is Destiny's day, and spontaneity and three new friends give her the courage to face an unrelenting reality, so that she can start to live and interact with the world.

Pearson has become one of those authors of which each new book is a must read. She has something big to say in each. Even in The Scribbler of Dreams which is on the light side and a cliché subject. She has become quite good at building up anticipation and walloping the reader with twists. I thought I knew what was going on in The Miles Between, but I didn't have a clue. It turned out to be much bigger than what I was thinking. A little lighter reading than The Adoration of Jenna Fox, but I'd say as good of a book.

Also by Mary E. Pearson, David vs. God and A Room on Lorelei Street.

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