Book Review: Far From You by Tess Sharpe

May 6, 2014 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★★½

Book Review: Far From You by Tess SharpeTitle: Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Published by: Disney Hyperion on April 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
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four-half-stars

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.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

One Line: Enjoyed this one way more than I thought I would. Pretty good read!

In My Opinion: Add to cart!

The book is told in alternating timelines and I think it was necessary to fully grasp the story and Sophie’s journey in unraveling this mystery. Sharpe only highlights key points in Sophie’s life that are essential to the story and I appreciated how seamlessly she weaved both timelines into one cohesive read. A lot of times, I get irritated with alternating timelines because it just isn’t done well, at least in my opinion, but Sharpe does a great job at this. I was kept engaged with these characters, especially Sophie, the whole time I was reading and I never felt bored or that any part of the story was meaningless.

There was a bit of a twist that I didn’t expect right away from Sophie and Mina, but Sharpe leaves subtle clues throughout the book for you to pick up on and I liked the way it all played out. I really enjoyed being in Sophie’s head, getting to understand her inner struggles with finding out who Mina’s murderer is and battling with her addiction to pain killers. I really felt for Sophie, especially considering how everyone was against her, and internally praised her for fighting so hard for her friend. When the mystery finally reveals itself, it wasn’t what I thought at all, and it kind of made me sad how things ended for Mina. The ending is far from happy, but it fit with this storyline and definitely leaves you feeling content.

Far From You is full of surprises and twists that will keep you glued to the pages wanting to know what happens next. I think readers of all kinds will enjoy this book, but especially those who love a good mystery. Sharpe tackles so many important and emotional topics in this book, it definitely surprised me with how well she executed most of it. Well done, Tess!

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