100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Finn doesn't remember much of his early childhood. His mom was killed and his back was broken when they were hit by a falling horse. I know it sounds weird, but Finn explains it rather well. He looks at the world through miles rather than minutes and that detail colors this whole story. I enjoyed it and had some laugh out loud moments, (the convenience store…) but there were also times when I got bogged down by Finn's need to fill us in with what seem like extraneous history lessons or excessive trivia. These details fit in well with the story and others may like that, better than I did.  It's a good book in a sea of dystopians right now.

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