Publishing Company: Zondervan
Release Date: April 7th, 2015
Quality of writing: 3 1/2-4 out of 5 stars.
“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. 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.”
Thank you Zondervan Publishing for the ARC. This in no ways has affected my review.
“Miles from Nowhere” by Amy Clipston was an pretty good book. It wasn’t necessarily my cup of tea, but it had a good moral at the end, and Chelsea’s issues were solved or in the process of being fixed when the book finished. I got what the author was getting at, and she did a good job of writing, but I just never connected to any of the characters and that made me feel very distant from the story. It was a good book, just not for me.
I would definitely recommend it to younger readers (middle school to early high school age) because it had a good moral, it was shorter and paced pretty well, and it was a clean read. There was some alcohol use but the author addressed that issue well, so I don’t think that would be a problem for younger kids and teens.