A Million Miles Away by Elizabeth Corva
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
***I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
When I started this book, I wasn't sure I'd like it. It seemed to be more YA or juvenile than the usual type of books I like. It was my first NA (new adult ) book that I've ever read. But I was surprisingly drawn into the story. It reminded me of the teenage crush I had on a famous Spanish singer years ago, and I totally related to Jasmine's star struck feelings, fancies, hopes, and desires. I met my crush at a record signing in DC, and gave his manager a poem I had written for my crush. I saw him reading it in the limo as he drove away. I had also written where I would be sitting at his concert the next night. However, I mistakenly told him the wrong row (rows did not start with A, as I thought, but C, and I was in row G. When he threw out a doll into the audience during a certain song, it landed at the seat where I thought I was going to be! Imagine my disappointment!
Anyway, reading this book brought it all back to me, as I identified with Jasmine. I liked her character and also liked Jonathan, but was disappointed that nothing more happened between them. She was very naive, though, just as I was, although she didn't accept that she was, until the end. I ended up liking Nate at the end, also, when he showed how fond he was of Jasmine, how much he loved her and her mother, and how much he cared about Jasmine. He was right on with his assessment of what would happen with Jonathan. And I admire Jonathan for not taking advantage of and hurting Jasmine and for being truthful with her at the end. I think that showed good character on his part.
I actually now want to read the other books in the series to see what, if anything, happens between them in the future! It was a good first NA book for me, but I only gave it three stars because I reserve higher for really good literature, even though I might love a book. This was well written and well crafted and kept my interest. Kudos to the author!