About the Book:
100 SIDEWAYS MILES
by: Andrew Smith
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: September 2, 2014
Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.
Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma.
When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.
Guest Review by Debbie:
Andrew Smith’s 100 Sideways Miles is certainly not your normal story of a young
boy, though the reader would not expect a normal story from the author of Winger.Mr. Smith has built a reputation with fans for fantastic stories and superior character development, 100 Sideways Miles does not disappoint.The story follows a young man by the name of Finn who is quite unique and dealing with typical issues of youth that the reader can identify with. Finn sees the world through miles as a measurement rather than minutes and suffers from confusion on life, love, and friendship. His crazy friend, Cade, and the first girl he’s ever loved, Julia, join Finn on an adventure that boils down to some very interesting character development.This humorous story comes across at first as one that borders on being completely
un-relatable to the reader; however the character development and the role the story
plays on said character development becomes evident rather quickly. Finn feels like he has no control over his own life due to health issues and suffers from the impression that he is a part of his dad’s published stories and not a product of his own life choices. This is not a deep adventure story with plot twists and a complex story line, but rather the simple story of a young man trying to gain control of his life.
“A century is about sixty billion miles,” I said.
Part of what makes this story so unique and enjoyable is the seemingly random
aspects to the storyline such as the dead horse falling on our characters or the way
Finn sees the world through miles. The characters also quickly become very relatable and likable to the reader. Finn’s friend Cade comes across as likable yet slightly insane injecting humor and shock value into the story on a regular basis.I can understand how Andrew Smith has gained such a cult following for his books after reading this story. A pet peeve of mine is an elaborate story line with minimal character development. In 100 Sideways Miles the author weaves a tale that the reader will be drawn into throughout the character development process leaving
the reader with a bond to Finn and the other characters he interacts with during his
All in all, I was totally psyched to be among the first to read this book. Andrew Smith is one author to watch, his stories have always caught my eye and this one does not disappoint!
Meet the Author:
Andrew Smith is the award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed WINGER (Starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, and Shelf Awareness—an Amazon “Best of the Year”) and THE MARBURY LENS (A YALSA BFYA, and Starred reviews and Best of the Year in both Publishers Weekly and Booklist).He is a native-born Californian who spent most of his formative years traveling the world. His university studies focused on Political Science, Journalism, and Literature. He has published numerous short stories and articles.STAND OFF, the sequel to WINGER, coming in January 2015, is his ninth novel. Andrew lives in Southern California.
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