Eliza has just turned 16 and longs to experience the outside world. She has never watched tv, gone to the movies, ridden in a car, or even worn clothing with buttons.
When she gets the opportunity to be a nanny to two small children and live the life of an ordinary teenager, Eliza jumps at the chance and convinces her parents to let her leave for the summer.
But her mother and father know that the outside world is full of dangers, not the least of which is not all Amish children return to their community. Sometimes the pull of the English world is too great.
Eliza loves her new world. She enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and getting to know seventeen year-old Josh. She has a big decision to make at the end of the summer. Can she really leave all the modern conviences behind? Can she leave Josh behind?
There's plenty to think about in A World Away, and what seems like an easy decision, is really harder than it first appears. This is a very touching book that girls will love. There were many things in this book that I will remember for a very long time.