A World Away
Pub 7-2012, Hyperion
Nancy Grossman’s debut novel, A World Away, is getting a lot of attention from the public. It’s unlike any other book I’ve read before! I always look for books that grab me from the start — from the first sentence: “The strangers were coming as they did every Thursday night, to bring a burst of color into our plain room.”
An outburst of words, yet peculiar from the start.
A World Away’s main character, Eliza, is sixteen, but she hasn’t had a regular sixteen-year-old’s life because she is Amish. She has no TV, no cell phone, no computers or even cameras! Eliza is tempted to visit other worlds where they have a chance to do all of these things that she never had a chance to do. Her dream is about to come true, but her parents don’t approve of her discovering other worlds unlike her own. Finally, her parents let her go to Chicago to be a babysitter. That’s where she finds her destiny.
A World Away is a very appealing book. I didn’t want to finish it because every chapter was teaching me something new about the Amish culture, while Grossman kept the story alive with her beautiful writing. I love how every chapter has a different story and a different journey, and how Eliza finds out secrets that she never knew. The book is very realistic; it shows how we all come from different cultures, and have the right to live in any way that makes us happy.
A World Away is an unforgettable book about the value of home. Eliza comes from an unfamiliar culture and takes a incredible journey, while never forgetting where she’s from. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves learning about new cultures.
- Nisida S., 15