The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Another weepy! I really liked The Adoration of Jenna Fox, so I was looking forward to this book by Pearson. Destiny, while living in the realistic fiction present, has as many problems with identity as Jenna. Her main quirk is that she's great at noticing, and examining, things and finding linkage where others might find mere coincidence (for example, she trots out the old Lincoln/Kenney list).
On this, her "one fair day" she and four of her breakfast mates go AWOL from their boarding school. Seemingly coincidentally, a car, running, with cash in the glove compartment, is there, ready for taking. And take they do - off on a day of improbable adventure (finding Lucky, boating, eating and shopping) and friendship. By the end, you learn that her being sent off to boarding school at age seven and her life since are more about her than her parents, and she's come to realize that not everyone will go away or abandon her.
(Free ARC received from publisher)