A World Away

A World Away

Book - 2012
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A summer of firsts

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has never made a phone call, never tried on a pair of jeans, never sat in a darkened theater waiting for a movie to start. She's never even talked to someone her age who isn't Amish, like her.

A summer of good-byes

When she leaves her close-knit family to spend the summer as a nanny in suburban Chicago, a part of her can't wait to leave behind everything she knows. She can't imagine the secrets she will uncover, the friends she will make, the surprises and temptations of a way of life so different from her own.

A summer of impossible choice

Every minute Eliza spends with her new friend Josh feels as good as listening to music for the first time, and she wonders whether there might be a place for her in his world. But as summer wanes, she misses the people she has left behind, and the Plain life she once took for granted. Eliza will have to decide for herself where she belongs. Whichever choice she makes, she knows she will lose someone she loves.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2012.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781423151531
Branch Call Number: YA GROSSMAN
Characteristics: 394 pages ; 22 cm.


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Nov 08, 2017

This novel made me want to learn more about Amish culture and what it might look like if I was a foreigner looking into the United States.

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Mar 28, 2014

From a professor who teaches creative writing I would have expected better! So stilted and often did not make sense. Most notably, why would an Amish girl never mention or think about God? The author probably wanted to make this book more appealing to a secular audience but it just made it even less convincing. A shallow read but perhaps would be enjoyed by age 12 or under.

Mar 19, 2014

great book. romantic and interesting also i learned some things about Amish people :)

Nov 24, 2013

this book is really romantic and tells you a lot about the Amish people

_hollister_ Aug 09, 2012

i didnt know about that beard thing!!


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