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Friday, April 11, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Far From You, by Tess Sharpe

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick. 

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

Looking for a good, raw story? One that leaves you feeling raked over the coals emotionally, but still be sincere in its intensity?? Here ya go. 

Far from You is a murder mystery, but so much more than that. Sharpe tells Sophie and Mina's story in alternating time lines--before and after Mina's murder. The before her death timeline is jumbled, as Sophie remembers times spent with Mina, and what was going on the night she died. Each scene fits perfectly in its place in the bigger story.

The relationships in this story (Mina and Sophie, Sophie and Trever, Mina and her boyfriend) are honestly drawn and not contrived to carry the story. There's no drama for the sake of teenage drama (as so often happens). This is dramatic because the relationships are. It's simple because the relationships are.

My only complaint is that the ending felt rushed. Sort of "Oh wait...I've got to wrap this up" and it came across a little forced.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Disney Book Group (Disney Hyperion) through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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