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Far from You

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,376 Ratings  ·  416 Reviews
Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.

Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her love for her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.

But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half sister, sh
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published December 18th 2008)
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Jan 02, 2014 Cara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who think they hate prose
Before I really knew what was happening I was done with this book. It draws you in so quick, and is such a breeze to read it's hard not to gobble it up in one sitting. I had thought to read it again before I did a review, but I felt like I had to write one now.

It's in verse so at first that gets some getting use to. No worries there is a sufficient amount of dialogue, so it never feels too "poemy". You'd think with the length of this book you wouldn't feel attached to the characters or that they
Sep 15, 2009 Ash rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ash by: Cara and Valerie
Alright, I admit that at the beginning I wasn't all that excited about reading this. It's in poem form and I don't usually understand poems. People in poems are usually really depressed, which in turn makes me depressed or totally confused. I found this book surprisingly easy to read though. It's strange at first because the sentences sound kinda choppy, but you adapt pretty quickly and the words start to flow much better.
Quick Overview: Alice has lost her mother to cancer and has to deal with a
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’Memories fall like snowflakes upon my dreams.’

The Storyline
Alice lost her mother years ago but it changed her deeply despite the fact that everyone else around her has moved on. Her father has remarried a woman named Victoria and they’ve just had their first child; Ivy. Not able to accept this new family of hers, she remains as distant as possible. The two constants in her life are her best friend Claire and her boyfriend Blaze.

On the way
Jan 19, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: verse
Words Words Words…

I have completely fallen under Lisa Schroeder’s enchanting and magical way with words. Such power and emotion rise out of her seemingly simple, straight forward and beautifully strung together words. Ms. Schroeder gut punched me more than once with this one!

Far From You tells the story of Alice and her journey of pain, loss and growth after her mother’s death. Her father has moved on and remarried with a new baby on the way—so where does Alice fit in now? I can still feel the h
Sep 20, 2008 Lisa added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is my second book, about a girl, Alice, who is a singer/songwriter.
Jan 01, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it
In the beginning I didn't like Allison. Mostly because she was so self-pitying and selfish. She wanted her father all to herself and therefore resented her stepmother. She, in a way, just refused to be truly happy (except when she was with Blaze). Allison did make some good points and I could forgive her some because she was hurting but she could've at least TRIED to make things better for herself. She grows during the course of the book, well mostly when she is trapped in the storm with her ste ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
WOW. Is all I can say...

I picked up this book at my local library and started it earlier today. The entire book is written in prose. Each chapter a new poem. For me, it was a nice break from the every day writing style we are used to. I finished it in a couple of hours because I couln't put it down.
Alice deals with the grief over losing her mother to cancer, adjustment to a new family dynamic, doubts of faith, and near tragedy. It is a beautifully rich yet down to earth and raw look at what it f
Oh how I love Lisa Schoeder's writing style. She just kept it small yet so full of emotions. Reading in verses excites me especially when it comes to her books. And this is a second book that I've read from her and honestly, it never disappoints me.

Reading her works is like reading a diary where you get to see real and raw feelings that doesn't sound exasperating at all.

Alice thinks she is left alone. Her mother died, her father remarried and the bad news is he's having a baby. All what's left
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Nov 04, 2011 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it it was amazing
It's simply unbelievable how Lisa Schroeder expresses emotions so beautifully in her books, every line is on a right place.

..Wonderland is here now.
Don’t know what we might see.
Yesterday’s gone forever.
But my future’s up to me.
What a future it will be….
Kristina Čechová
Oh,Lisa! And I thought I wouldn't cry!

Tak tohle byla má prvotní reakce po přečtení další knihy z pera této talentované autorky. Nemá smysl se neustále opakovat, jak jedinečný styl psaní Lisa má, jak umí chytnout člověka za srdce, jak ho umí ponaučit, vzpamatovat se z reality a chvíli nechat popřemýšlet, na čem tady na zemi v našich životech doopravdy záleží. Je to láska. Vždycky to byla, je a bude láska. Ne jen k přátelům a k našim partnerům, ale také k rodině a k lidem, kteří se bez našeho přič
Aug 25, 2009 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
At first I was worried that Alice's tale would be just another teen angst story, but written in captivating verse, Lisa Schroeder's words caught my attention right away. Alice Andreeson, a normal girl with normal problems, felt amazingly real to me. Dealing with her father starting a new marriage after her mothers death, we saw Alice her in her happy moments and sad moments. I was impressed that we even saw her traveling through the very same daydreams I have as she deals with her friend's surpr ...more
Bianca Rowena
Dec 28, 2015 Bianca Rowena rated it really liked it
This was my first time reading this new style of novel writing I'm seeing around more and more, where it's made to look like a poetry book, lots and lots of white space, some pages only have one or two sentences on them. I was pleasantly surprised, I actually enjoyed reading this way. The pages turned really fast. The author captures moments of emotion that I really felt (with her boyfriend, missing her mother).

But I rated it 4 stars for the authors writing ability, she's a good writer, not for
Feb 15, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
Far From You is a story about overcoming the immense pain of loss and having the courage to love. Sixteen yrs. old Alice is dealing with the loss of her her mother and her sudden gain of a new step-mom and baby sister. The only seemingly good thing in her life is Blaze and her music.

Without much warning, an innocent trip gone wrong leaves Alice to confront her feelings and to have the will to survive.

Lisa Schroeder's writing is completely subliminal. The words on each page just flow through you,
JoYee Chu
Jan 07, 2011 JoYee Chu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think i read this soon after a tragedy in my own life. It was very encouraging to read this book, and found it very inspiring. When you feel solitude whilst surrounded by people.

You don't need to be put in her situation to feel the raw hunger and need to be with someone. And in her situation, many a time it feels like a kilogram of salt is poured onto gaping wounds, and you wonder, "Why doesn't anyone see this?"

Whilst this book shows the rare occasion that someone may see the pain you don't
Michelle. D.
Sep 12, 2010 Michelle. D. rated it it was amazing
I really, really, truly loved this book!

The story was great, amazing! The events throught out the book were so memorable and beautifully written. Man, it was so beautiful. Let's move on now.

When you read this book(if your a girl), you have to love Blaze. The way he is described and the way the author makes him act, is so whats the word... AMAZING! Man, Blaze is like the perfect boyfriend. If he were real, I would totally go out with him. Int he book, he is described as hot, sensitive and is an a
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Jun 12, 2014 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) rated it really liked it
I was putting off reading this for a while now and finally, FINALLY, got around to reading this. Pretty sure a lot who read this, wasn't sure about the beginning. But you know what it does pick up and gets better, interesting, but better. The writing was really good, verse and all. Don't know else to say that others haven't said already. So yeah, pretty good.
Nov 14, 2010 Jenn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I absolutely loved this book. As someone who has had a stepmother (or two) in her life, I can completely relate to Ali's emotions in almost every way. I love that she lost herself in her music and her boyfriend, and felt so alienated from her family even though it was partly her fault. It's so true of how teenagers are. But the best part, in my opinion was just her overall growth. It was tense reading about her stuck in the snowstorm with her stepmother and baby sister, and I was constantly worr ...more
Rebecca McNutt
I really think that the Alice in Wonderland allusion/metaphorical novels are getting a little old by this point. I've seen at least three, both self-published and bestseller, in just the past year, and this book was no exception. Although I did like the character of Alice herself, I found this novel to be way too predictable.
Medeia Sharif
Apr 18, 2011 Medeia Sharif rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
Alice’s mom died of cancer years ago and her father remarried. She dislikes her stepmom and doesn’t feel close to her newborn half-sister. She finds solace in writing songs and being with her boyfriend. When she’s stuck in a car with her stepmom and half-sister during a snowstorm, Alice reevaluates her life and her rocky relationships with others. When the snowstorm worsens and hours turn into days Alice feels the sensation of someone or something, perhaps a guardian angel, watching over her.

I w
Erin Krobath

1.In the book, Far from You, I enjoyed the authors tone of writing. I enjoyed it because it was simple and straight to the point. Her writing style helped along with the tone of the book. Far from You, is written almost in the form of a poem; there are no paragraphs just stanzas or lines. This contributed to the simple tone because it was simple writing to go along with it. Schroeder keeps her characters fairly constant throughout the book and not having major personality changes. Although she d
Sep 14, 2015 Kirstie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was a quick read and, for how short it was, emotionally powerful. This book made me cry for several reasons. One of my favourite things about it was that the main character (Alice) decided that instead of blaming God for the horrible things that happened to her, she found strength in her faith and it carried her through no matter what happened. I find too often in our society that people do the opposite, and lose their faith when they really need it the most. That being sai ...more
*** Read for the first timre on October 11th 2011, 4 stars. ***: Really lovely. It's a keeper.

*** Read for the second time on August 14th 2014 ***: I have to add the missing star. The rereading experience turned out to be even better than the primary jump into the snow.
I love this. It’s so beautiful. I don’t know what else to say about it. It’s just so beautiful.

My only complaint is that it’s too short. WAY TOO SHORT. The pages just fly by. I feel like I spent no time at all reading.

Ahh, it’s absolutely amazing. <3
Taylor Price
Dec 09, 2014 Taylor Price rated it really liked it
In this book a girl who is very musically talented is going through the typical girl troubles as a teenager. For example boys, friend drama, and of course grades. This teen lost her mom from cancer and her father has remarried to the satin's spawn. So she thinks at least. The girls' name is Alice and she has a magnificently attractive boyfriend named Blaze, Blaze is all that she is about. With a new born baby into her family they go on a trip and nothing but hell is brought to the devilish stepm ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Autumn rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with the book "Far From You". It was a story of a teenage girl deeply missing her mother who passed away from cancer. Soon after Victoria gives birth to Alice's half sister, Ivy. Alice gets dragged along to visit Victoria's family with the new baby and her father. After Alice's father has to leave the trip early, Alice, Ivy, and Victoria head out early to beat the coming storm. On their way home, they end up stranded in white snow with nobody around and no way that they can call s ...more
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Alice isn't happy because her mother died from cancer, her father remarried, and she will very soon have a brand new baby half-sister.
When Alice, her step-mother and her half-sister Ivy then get stranded in the snow, Alice begins to see the world differently, and doesn't hate her step-mother and half-sister quite so much any more.

This was an okay story, but it took a while to get good.

It took me a while to really warm up to Alice, but I could see why she felt
Jessica Launius
Jul 30, 2009 Jessica Launius rated it it was amazing
In this beautifully written novel in verse, the reader is introduced to a teenage girl who's mother has died and who's father is remarried with another daughter. As she tries to cope with living with a new mother and a new baby sister, she learns more about herself along the way, and about letting go of the past. After getting stranded in the car with her stepmother and baby half-sister during a blizzard, she learns quickly that she needs to trust her new step mother in order to get out of this ...more
Kim Smiley
Oct 20, 2011 Kim Smiley rated it really liked it
In my humble opinion, you can never go wrong with a Lisa Schroeder book. The writing may be in poetry form, but after the first chapter you don't even notice it because the story has already gotten you so interested that the form in which it is written doesn't matter.

This has to be some record for me, as I finished this book in a little over an hour. Not so many words on a page of a 355 page book go fast!

Alice is still grieving over the death of her mother, (pancreatic cancer) but her Dad has mo
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Alice hat ihre Mutter verloren. Ihr Vater ist darüber schneller hinweggekommen als ihr lieb ist, seine neue Freundin wohnt nicht nur bereits mit im Haus, sie bekommt auch schon ein Baby von ihm. Alice kann nichts mit ihrer Babyschwester anfangen und lenkt sich lieber mit dem Songschreiben und ihrem Freund Blaze ab.
Als sie gezwungen wird über die Feiertage mit ihrer Familie die Eltern ihrer Stiefmutter zu besuchen, könnte sie genervter kaum sein. Auf der Rückfahrt gerät sie nur mit ihrer St
Jennifer Wardrip
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Alice's mother died of cancer years ago. Everyone else has moved on. Her father has remarried and is expecting a new baby, but Alice continues to mourn, finding solace in songwriting, attending services, and performing at her mother's old church with best friend/musical soul mate, Claire. And with spending time with her boyfriend, Blaze.

Nothing can shake Alice from her grief - from the birth of a baby sister, Ivy; to the progression of her relationship with B
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Lisa Schroeder is the author of more than a dozen books for kids and teens. Her latest young adult novel is ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, and the latest novel for 8-12 year olds is THE GIRL IN THE TOWER. She lives in Oregon where she spends her time reading, writing, baking yummy treats, and hiking with her family.

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“Maybe it's not about determination
or love
or how hard
you can fight
Maybe it's just bout fate
and what
is meant to be”
“What I believe
is that life
is music and fabulous foliage,
but it's also cancer and wars.

That's just how it is.

Maybe God could do better.

But shit, so could we. ”
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