Review: 100 Sideways Miles

100 Sideways Miles100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t have favorites in the literary world, because it’s too hard to choose. There are so many amazing authors and stories. But lately, I’m about a hair away from declaring Andrew Smith my favorite YA author.

This novel has strong voice, like Winger, and a layered style that reminds me of Grasshopper Jungle but is perhaps just a bit more focused and structured than GJ.

I love how he uses the characters last names so often, like they’re all too important to be defined by just a first name. And they are. Cade Hernandez made me giggle so many times it’s ridiculous.

Finn is tragically adorable. The depictions of how he feels before, during, and after his seizures are fascinating. I love the school commentary and thought those scenes were particularly hilarious, and I liked how art reflected life, and vice versa, in Finn’s father’s novel. I also loved the winding thread of time being measured in distance. So gorgeous.

It’s another great read by Andrew Smith. He writes characters that I can’t help falling in love with. I couldn’t put this down, and despite my enormous TBR list, I’d happily reread anything by Andrew Smith. There’s so much to absorb and learn from his stories that once through feels like licking the delicious butter cream frosting. Sometimes, you want to go back and take a huge bite of the cupcake, and these novels would all be worth a second taste.

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