Best Fiction for Young Adults
Smith, A.. (2014). 100 sideways miles. New York: Simon & Schuster.
Finn Easton, the son of a best selling novelist, bizarrely sees the world through miles instead of minutes and is constantly trying to convince himself that he isn’t a character in his father’s novel. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, 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 they see a car fall off the side of a bridge, the boys become unlikely heroes by helping the people in the car escape. Both boys learn about choosing their own path despite what has been set before them.
Commentary and Text Connections:
100 Sideways Miles combines realistic fiction with a bit of fantasy. Finn is an average boy with high school troubles like everyone else, but his father’s fantasy novel creates and err of suspicion around Finn and his life. The scar on his back causes many people to question if Finn is a character out of his dad’s novel about cannibal angels living on earth. Another aspect of the story that add to the fantasy element is the visions of two young girls who died in San Francisquito Canyon Finn has when he has seizures.