100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Reviewed By: A.T.
Meet Finn Easton. Finn is a quirky teenage boy growing up in San Francisquito Canyon California. His dad is a famous author (think Harry Potter famous), his mother was killed by a dead horse falling 100 sideways miles from the sky (yes the book will explain that very well), and oh yeah, he was there too, but survived (only now he has epilepsy and a crazy emoticon scar on his back that looks like this :|: ) These are just a few of the crazy things that have shaped Finn's life so far. Throw in a best friend named Cade and a beautiful girl named Julia who lives down road, and you have yourself the beginning of this amazing book about living your life to the fullest. And did I mention that Finn sees the world through miles instead of minutes?? Don't worry...he explains that too!!
Why I Picked it Up: I have read two other books by this author, and since I loved them so much, I thought I'd give this book a try.
Why I Finished It: Right from the start I was sucked in. The book is funny, fascinating, and it seemed so short compared to the last Andrew Smith novel I read that I stayed up late just to finish it.
I’d Give this Book To: I would recommend this book to high school teens who like reading John Green, or who also enjoyed Winger or Grasshopper Jungle. Not being a boy myself, I think this does a good job of getting into the teenage boy mind. Also, this book is for anyone who is looking for a refreshing realistic fiction title.
**Librarian Side Note** Oh. My. Goodness. This book was AMAZING! All I can say is read this book, then check out this author's other books, like Winger, Grasshopper Jungle, Marbury Lens and more! We have a few in the Library and few ebooks as well. Seriously, check him out. I don't think you will be disappointed.