Monday, May 5, 2014

Far From You by Tess Sharpe [Review]

Far from You5 out of 5 Robots!
  


Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: April 8, 2014
Hardcover:  352 Pages
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she'd already beaten, Sophie's finally out and on the trail of the killer - but can she track them down before they come for her?
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
I tend to stay away from "issue" books, especially ones that deal with addiction.  I have dealt with addiction in my family so sometimes it just hits a little too close to home.  But Far From You had been receiving good reviews in the blogosphere so I decided to give it a try anyways.  And I'm so glad I did!  There is a lot more to this book than what is on the surface.  There are really three layers going on.  First, is the mystery of Mina's death.  Secondly, is Sophie's addiction.  And lastly, is the relationship between Sophie and Mina.  I really loved each layer because each part influences the other parts and it all swirls around into this heartbreaking mess.  And at the center is Sophie, a broken girl - literally and figuratively - struggling to come to terms with her losses. 

Far From You is told in a non-linear manner, jumping from the present to the past and back.  Far From You starts with Sophie returning home after her last stint in rehab.  She is focused, obsessively so, on solving Mina's murder.  Sophie knows the drugs they were found in her jacket were planted.  But she doesn't know why anyone would want to kill Mina.  In between scenes in the present, we also start to learn about Sophie and Mina in flashbacks.  Back to the accident that crippled Sophie when she was 14 and eventually lead to her Oxycotin addiction.  Back to Sophie's struggle to break her addiction.  Back to the events that lead up to Mina's murder.  And finally to the days after Mina's murder and Sophie heading to rehab.  Non-linear storytelling is a risky venture, but Tessa Sharpe pulls it off.  I think it really works for this book, since there is a feeling of the layers being pulled back until the heartbreaking conclusion.  I mean it.  My heart broke for Sophie. 

Overall, I really loved this book!  I loved the grittiness, the messiness of the Sophie's relationships with her friends and family, the wistfulness and the longing.  Even the mystery, which I felt was the weakest part, was compelling.  I really recommend this book!

1 comment :

  1. I sometimes enjoy the "issue" books, but am weary of them at times. I'm really glad to hear you loved this one. So many people have said good things about it that I'm excited to read it. It's really interesting to hear that there are all these layers to the book that come together to really make the story, Great review!!

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