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Monday, February 22, 2010

Miles to Go by Gracie C. McKeever

Miles to Go by Gracie C. McKeever
Publisher: Awe-Struck E-Books
Genre: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 16+
Length: Full Length (181 pgs)
Rating: 4 Suns
Reviewed by Orchid

Innocent and courageous, embittered and sexually precocious--together teens Chris and Tori discover that they have miles to go.

Tori dresses in black and also has lots of jewelry hanging from her clothes and her ivory colored body. Chris has an athlete’s body with soft brown Neorican skin. His life revolves around the athletic track.

Both Chris and Tori run the track each morning. Chris because he is on the athletics team and also wants to beat records. Tori runs to exorcise the things that plague her from the past.

This unlikely duo become close, despite many misunderstandings. Tori’s ex boyfriend doesn’t believe they’re over and he makes life complicated for them. Include family problems on both sides plus friends who interfere out of concern, and it’s surprising Tori and Chris get together at all.

The question is will they stay together? Drugs and violence influence their decisions, and both have hidden secrets from each other. Will they even want to stay together?

Miles to Go is an unusual book. The story is told by both Tori and Chris with a look inside each of their heads to see what and how they think. It proves all romances are not sweetness and light, and opposites can attract. At first Chris seems to be a nice young man, dedicated to his sports and getting good grades. Various events make him bend to fit the circumstances but he doesn’t lose the basic principles of his life.

Tori on the other hand is mixed up, thinks she knows what she wants, but is really a very confused young lady. One thing pulls her above the norm and that is her determination to do well and graduate early. Neither she nor Chris will let anything interfere with their studies.

I honestly didn’t think the hot sex scenes were necessary as the strong bond between the two was evident without including this. This was definitely a book written for the older teenager to enjoy and possibly relate to, especially if they like something a little out of the ordinary.

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