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text 2015-08-17 11:53
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 341 pages.
Far From You - Tess Sharpe

Oh sweet baby Jesus, I can not handle thrill-ery books at all. I have so much anxiety right now

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review 2015-06-30 03:22
Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Far From You - Tess Sharpe

Just take all the stars, Far From You. I finished this book this morning, and I still can't stop thinking about it! Books with real LBGQT characters are few and far between. Books where that person is a main character, and you can honestly feel their pain through the words? Even fewer and farther between. I just want to hug this book. I want to buy a ton of copies and just pass them out to the masses. I really enjoyed this.

 

“But my heart isn't simple or straightforward. It's a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.”

 

That quote only highlights how well Sophie's bi-sexuality is handled in Far From You. This is a topic that is often misrepresented, but I can honestly say that I felt like Tess Sharpe handled it like a pro. Not only that, but she managed to weave in dealing with addiction, the power of friendship, what it's like to become reliant on someone, and feeling misunderstood. Every word had a purpose. Every piece of this book had something to say. Yet, it never became too much. It was never heavy handed. I found myself sitting right next to Sophie, and all I wanted to do was reach out and hold her hand.

 

Now, there is also a mystery here. One that, in my opinion, is perfectly meshed into the story. Contrary to what normally happens when I read mystery/thriller books, I didn't see the ending coming. That made me happy. It also made me really sad, but that was more because Sophie had already been through so much. I just wanted happiness for her. I know that some readers didn't like the mystery aspect. You might not. Still, I can't deny that I thought it made for a great addition to this book. It gave Tess Sharpe a great excuse to keep flashing back to Sophie and Mina's younger days, and it was a beautiful thing.

 

In case you couldn't already tell, I fell desperately in love with this book. When I start reading at night, and actually pass out trying to keep reading, I know that I've fallen hard. It was Sophie, it was Trev, it was Mina, all keeping me reading well into the night. Such a great cast of characters, in an equally amazing book.

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text 2015-06-29 03:45
Reading progress update: I've read 57%.
Far From You - Tess Sharpe

Be smart, Sophie," she says, and I hear more warning than pleading in her voice. A wariness that's never been there before. "Choose him."

 

I walk away from her - it's almost easy, like another person is controlling me - but when I get to the door, I turn back. She stands at the mirror, watching me through the reflection, and I meet her eyes.

 

"I'll choose you," I say, "No matter how hard it is. No matter what people say. Every time, I'll choose you. It's up to you to choose me back."

 

***

 

 

Gahhhh.. the feels. THE FEELS.

 

*curls up in a ball*

 

I don't think I'm going to be able to finish this before bed, so now I'm thinking I should stop and finish on the train ride tomorrow. But, I don't want to!!! Damn you sleep. Why are you so necessary?

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text 2015-06-28 18:01
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
Far From You - Tess Sharpe

Me: I'll just read a few pages before I go to bed.

 

Book: YOU WILL READ THIS ALL. SLEEP IS FOR THE WEAK!

 

 

I woke up with my Kindle on my face, about 20 minutes after completely passing out while still trying to read. I'm definitely finishing this today!

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review 2015-06-18 00:00
Far from You
Far from You - Tess Sharpe I am so mad that I did not like this book as much as I probably should. To read a young adult novel where the main character is a bisexual teenage girl still trying to move past being crippled at an early age (still with scars and a limp) which led to her being hooked on prescription meds would have been the best book. Unfortunately Ms. Sharpe adds in a murder mystery (two of them) and I found myself not at all engaged every time the book switched from the main character's past memories of her best friend and/or her present trying to just get on with her life with old/new friends.

The main character is Sophie. Sophie we find was sent away to a rehab facility for a couple of months after her parents wrongly believe she fell off the wagon and went to get drugs with her best friend Mina. Everyone in her small town believes that a drug dealer killed Mina and left Sophie for dead. However, Sophie knows the truth. That the person who killed Mina wanted her dead and planted evidence on Sophie to make it appear to be her fault. Now that Sophie is back in town she plans on tracking down Mina's murderer.

So read my first two paragraphs again. Reads like two totally different books yes? And that was my huge problem with this book. That and the relationship between Sophie and Mina.

Sophie's voice in this book is quite strong. She is blunt (to the point of rudeness) and we find that part of her wants things to either go back to the way they were before Mina died, or that in some small way that Mina had stopped jerking her around when it came to their relationship with one another. There are not a lot of YA books out there that handle young men/women who are bisexual very well. I thought that Ms. Sharpe did though in this book. I was able to see how Sophie could love Mina and also could be with other people (teenage boys). does handle it very well and through reading this story and listening to Sophie's voice we come to find out how hard things have been with her through the past couple of years after realizing that she likes both women and men. And in her case, she went and fell in love with her best friend.

Onto the character of Mina. We only get to know her through flashbacks from Sophie's point of view, however, I ended up just chalking her up to being extremely selfish. We find that pretty much every aspect of Sophie and Mina's relationship/friendship was on Mina's terms. There were some parts of the story that you do see how much Mina did care about Sophie. However, how she manipulated and forced Sophie to do things and/or involved other people with their subterfuge I had a harder time with.

There were other characters in this book which were not as well drawn as Sophie and Mina. We have Sophie's unexpected friend Rachel (a girl that helps Sophie after Mina's murder) and she read like a manic pixie girl throughout the entire book. I don't like to watch movies let alone read books with a characters like these so she just aggravated me every time she was on the scene so to speak.

The writing read as as a typical teenage girl with Sophie describing the times before her accident, after her accident, before Mina's murder and after Mina's murder. The chapter headings give readers a heads-up of the time period so that did help. A few times though I thought that Sophie sounded way older than she was in a few parts. And since she was addicted to prescription pain meds it was very weird how she became some addict savant regarding other people's addictions in this book. The pacing was really not that great in this book I have to say. I think it was due to the book going back to the present, past, further past, and furthest past all of the time. I don't need to read a book in chronological order, but it would have been great to not keep getting reader whip lash constantly.

The setting of Sophie's small town felt like a real small town to me. However, the way the book set things up the population of this place had to be pretty minuscule since we never read about that many people besides a few here and there.

The ending which was just about Mina's murderer reveal was pretty anti-climatic. I did just say to myself, really and moved on from it. The bigger point of this story to me was Sophie learning to get on in a world without Mina and what that means for her future. It would be nice to read a follow-up concerning Sophie just to see what path she chooses.
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