The Miles Between by Mary Pearson
I just finished reading The Miles Between by Mary Pearson. I picked this up because I loved The Adoration of Jenna Fox and I saw Mary give a talk for writers at an SCBWI conference.
My review: At first I was like, Is this going to be a quirky book about a girl who has OCD? Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I wanted to read a fun, breezy road trip adventure type of book. Des is interested in the power of coincidence, not OCD.
Once they set out on the journey, I liked the book's hint of magical realism, unexpected plot twists, and character development. I finished reading this book at Starbucks on my lunch break and I teared up a little during the climax. I was afraid I'd be late for class, but I had to finish reading!
Songs to read by: "Winding Road" by Bonnie Sommerville (from the Garden State soundtrack): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTn31jn1JZ4&feature=related
"The Dim and the Dark" by Jump, Little Children http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWN-t1KQhUw