Monday, October 20, 2014

By Way of Accident by Laura Miller

Publish Date of October 21, 2014

They say in every guy’s life there’s a girl he’ll never forget and a summer where it all began. Well, for me, 1999 is that summer, and Brooke Sommerfield is that girl. But that was nearly nine years ago. And what they don’t tell ya is that you’ll blink, and both the summer and the girl will be gone.

I have no idea where Brooke ended up. She disappeared that same summer I met her. And kind of like when you move something on a wall after it’s been there for a long time and everything around it is faded, that’s how I feel about Brooke. She wasn’t there very long, but when she left, everything around her memory sort of dimmed. That is until a letter postmarked the year she left mysteriously resurfaces. And call me crazy—everyone else has—but I have to find her. I have to know what became of the green-and-gray-eyed girl who stole my last perfect summer. I have to know if she believes in second chances—because I do—even if they do come with good-byes.

My Thoughts…

Laura Miller is an author I have read often and each time I am enthralled and unable to put the book down.    By Way of Accident is my favorite so far (see below for her other books).    The fact that it is written from a teenage boy’s point of view to start and then follows that boy as a college student made it incredible.   Who can possibly understand a teenage boy’s mind?   Laura Miller obviously does. 

River, the boy in this story, is a typical boy.  Then he meets Brooke and his life forever changes.  The attraction between them is obvious, but it is also innocent.   When they first meet, the nerves are there and the conversation is childish, but true to how 13 year olds communicate.    The difference is the fall in love and it is more than just a teenage love.  They both make promises, knowing how hard it will be to keep them.   Even when things change in their lives and they both move on, the memories of their days together stay so real.  

There is so much that I want to share, but to do so will give away so much of this amazing story and I would hate to ruin it for you.   What I can tell you is that you have to pick up By Way of Accident.   It is a book that you will pull at your heart and make you smile throughout the entire story.   Laura Miller has a unique style of writing that makes every character, even the secondary, seem like people you know or meet on the street daily.    She writes a real life story that is impossible to put down. 

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