Title: Far From You
Author: Tess Sharpe
Date: March 27th 2014
Far From You by Tess Sharpe is a Young Adult book about grief, loss, acceptance and addiction. Four months ago, Sophie’s best friend, Mina, was murdered. And everyone thinks it was Sophie’s fault in her attempt to buy drugs. Forced to go into rehabilitation, she’s now free and the only thing she wants to do is to uncover the truth about that night.
This book was edgy, suspenseful and absolutely amazing. It was a page-turner, one of those books that steal your attention away from doing other things except finishing the story.
Far From You was a gripping and touching novel. The protagonist constantly feels to be on the verge of breaking her freedom from drugs, not only because she has lost her best friend, but also because their secret is burdening her.
The idea of her in the ground, sealed forever in the dark when she had been all light and sound and spark, horrifies me. When I force myself to think about it, I think she would’ve liked to disappear in flames, the brilliance and warmth all around her.
The story alternates the present with flashbacks of Sophie’s past, in all of which there’s always Mina. Her determination on finding out the truth about why her best friend was killed is thought-provoking and inspiring.
All the characters of the book were well-rounded and their presence wasn’t wasted in any way. In particular Sophie and Mina’s brother, Trevor, had so many layers added to them, I felt like they were real people.
I am not the same. I’ve gone hollow, scooped my insides out. The constant fear that it’s too late, that I’ll mess it up, slip back down into that hole, no way out, gnaws at me. I understand now how weak I am.
Sophie is someone relatable. She’s strong, intelligent, persevering in what she puts her mind on, sad, revengeful… She’s human. I loved her, with all her flaws, and I felt her own emotions as if they were mine.
Trevor has lost his little sister, he’s devastated and his pain doesn’s seem to fade away. When Sophie’s returned, he’s torn between hating her for what happened to Mina, or loving the his sister’s best friend and childhood friend. He’s a likable character and I felt sorry for him.
Written with an enticing writing style, Sophie’s journey to gain her peace of mind is poignant. Far From You is a must-read and I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
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About the author
Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing cabal of slightly feral cats. She is the author of Barbed Wire Heart and the critically-acclaimed YA novel, Far From You. She is also the co-editor, along with Jessica Spotswood, of Toil & Trouble, a feminist YA anthology about witches, coming in 2018.