Grossman, Nancy A World Away, 394 pgs. Hyperion, 2012. Language - PG (1 swear, 0 "f"), Sexual Content - PG-13; Violence - PG;
Eliza has only ever known her life as an Amish girl, but, now that she's sixteen, she is excited to experience the "English life." English clothes, English appliances, and being away from rules is thrilling for Eliza that now she can't imagine ever going back. Once the novelty of it all has worn off, however, Eliza realizes that she misses parts of her old life and has a difficult decision to make: should she stay, or can she bring herself to leave her new life?
I loved being able to experience the world I live in everyday with new eyes. Eliza's quest to find herself was also exciting to follow as she discovered more about her past in order to uncover what she wanted for her future. What I didn't like was how slow the story went. After Eliza experienced her first couple of weeks of the "English life" and got to enjoy and embarrass herself a couple times, the novelty of it all started to wear off for me, too.
HS - OPTIONAL. Reviewer: CCH