Far from you.
Publication Date:April 8,2014
Genre:YA Contemporary Romance|Thriller.
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.
Wow. Another mind-blowing novel. This was a type of book that reminds me of why I love YA books so much. I had a feeling when I read the summary that it’s going be a novel that I would enjoy. Mysteries had always been the type of books that I loved. Far From You was unlike any mysteries that I have read, it seemed a bit more focused on secrets that mystery, at least in the beginning. I was hooked from page 1; it has a twist that has a reader eager for more. How can you not? You can’t help but wonder what really happened, who killed Mina. I was. I was also curious to why. Far From you are a novel that has you wondering, on the edge of the seat and eager to find out what happened. Once the truth was revealed, it wasn’t what I had expected it to be. It was the last person I suspected. It’s what made the novel so good, it has you guessing till the end.
Tess Sharpe has a unique writing style, I liked how she went between present and past. It fit the story which has you led up to what happened that night. Sophie’s emotions through the novel were heartbreaking, beautifully written. While I was reading it, I could actually find myself feeling most of the emotions that she felt, they were so well written. I felt her fear, anger, grief, betrayal. All the emotions that Sophie felt before the murder and after, I felt too. Far From you was realistic and it focused on realistic issues like drug addiction, secrets, love. I believe that had me hooked, that it’s a type of book that some of teens can relate to. Once the mystery started, once Sophie tried to see reason for Mina’s death, I could not pull away. I wanted to know as much as Sophie did.
I could tell how much Mina & Sophie cared about one another. From a start, I had a feeling that there was something. That the two of them cared about each in more than friend’s way. I could tell the way they were around each other, whenever they were with each other, they seemed happy like nothing else mattered. Despite Mina was one who told Sophie’s parents about her addiction, later I realized that she did it were because she loved her. But their relationship was different and complicated, relationships that Mina wanted nobody know about. Something she tried to keep hidden, she even went as far to try set her brother up with Sophie. In way I felt bad for him, he loved Sophie but he was right, she doesn’t love him way he wants her to. It’s sad, just when Mina chooses Sophie, something she doesn’t get to tell her, she died. Their relationship was conflicted but that what made it interesting. It felt real.
Far From You was a breathtaking debut by Tess Sharpe. It will have you guessing what’s next. It will have you reading late into a night. A book that you won’t forget.