Google+ Reading Teen: A Letter to 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A Letter to 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith

By Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews

First off, I want to send Andye a HUGE thank you for having me here on Reading Teen! Second, I'm going to be reviewing 100 Sideways Miles a little different than normal. I'll be writing a letter to the book, saying what I did/didn't like, similar to how I normally review on my own blog!  Be sure to check out more of my review letters at Pivot Book Reviews!

Dear 100 Sideways Miles, 

You and I weren't a good fit. It's as simple as that. You had all the ingredients to make me like you...a fantastic, eye-catching cover, a unique premise, and you promised me parts of Oklahoma. If anything, I really wanted to see my state in your pages, because not a lot of books are set in Oklahoma. At least, not many that I've found. 

100 Sideways Miles, your storyline follows Finn Easton, a boy who counts minutes by the amount of miles instead of actual minutes/hours (which seemed to get redundant the more it happened), because it's the only way he knows to reassure himself that he is, in fact, a real boy and not the Pinocchio of his father's best-selling book, which also features an MC named Finn, who is epileptic, has heterochromatic eyes, oh, and this weird scar on his back. Except the Finn in his Dad's book just happens to be an alien. 

Finn has two friends, the insufferable, perverted Cade and the new girl, Julia. In my opinion, 100 Sideways Miles, there wasn't much of a point to you. Maybe you were too deep for me. Maybe it was the fact that Finn basically fell in love with Julia on the spot. Maybe it was all the cussing and disgusting boy things that I never in my life wanted to know about. I'm not really sure. Maybe it was a combination of all of those things. I just didn't get you. We didn't mesh. It just felt like a bunch of random things were thrown together onto your pages. By the time, you started interesting me, you were nearly over!

Although, you did have some funny parts, particularly how Cade constantly looked for ways to sing Ohhh-K-L-A-H-O-M-A. I'll admit, I snickered each time he did it. But then he would go and talk about getting a 'boner' every few paragraphs. *rolls eyes*

 You were my first Andrew Smith read, but I just don't understand what all the hype is about you, and that's fine, because not every book works for everyone. You were a "MEH" book for me, but you might be a "WOW" to someone else. Regardless, maybe I would have liked you a bit better if you were more like the book Finn's dad wrote. More aliens, please! Less drinking, cussing, and icky boy-related grossness! Please, excuse me while I go wash my brain of the cooties!
Still Meh-ing about you,

Becca @ Pivot Book Reviews !

by Andrew Smith
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (September 2, 2014)
Language: English

goodreads | amazon
Destiny takes a detour in this heartbreakingly hilarious novel from the acclaimed author of Winger, which Kirkus Reviews called “smart” and “wickedly funny.”

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.


  1. Hahaha. I don't think you'll like any of his books, Becca - they all take you deep into the grossness of a teenaged boy's mind. I'm a fan personally, not sure what that says about me. (Also, my brother has assured me that Smith's protagonists are very true to life. WHICH IS TERRIFYING.)

    1. Oh, that's funny!! I tend to be like Becca, those may be accurate portrayals, but I don't want to hear about it. Haha! I'm perfectly content living in denial and pretending that guys are perfect gentlemen! ;P


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