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Rich Shapero’s Too Far follows an ultra-imaginative pair, Robbie and Fristeen, through a transformative summer spent exploring the woods behind their remote Alaskan homes. As their family lives become increasingly unstable, the characters travel deeper and farther into their private world. The forest—and the gods who inhabit it—becomes their refuge until, at summer’s end, ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Outside Reading (first published January 1st 2010)
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Janae Salinas I'd say a good age range is from 12-15 years old, there are some mature parts and some mature language, but nothing is incredibly detailed.
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Carol P
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My daughter came home for a college break with this novel, which she was given for free on campus. She passed it on to me, saying it was a “gorgeous read,” and that she had hoped to write a review but didn't have the time. Which is where Mom comes in …

Just finished it, and, well -- like daughter like mother! What an entrancing book. It’s the kind that seems simple, like it’s written for children, but its simplicity is a deception; beneath the storybook facade is something deeper, wiser … the stu
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Peter
Sep 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a long way from my usual fayre being more fairy-tale than a real story, the story line is a bit thin to put it mildly, but that said I found it rather pleasurable escapism just like that for the two children.

The story for what it is is about two 6 year-old children escaping the crumbling relationships of their parents into their imaginations and the wild Alaskan landscape around their homes. At times you can see the author's musical background in his descriptions which are almost ly
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Renee
Jul 13, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again

I came on here to vent right after I finished reading it. I NEEDED TO.

Maybe if I was on acid I'd understand this book better.

So... there was some potential... for example, there were SOME good descriptions, and I enjoyed the parts where Robbie was home (since they were easy to understand). It was a good, although not very original idea; two kids escaping their problems and exploring the forest and enjoying their magical childhood days that parents forget about, okay nice. I was hoping it would b
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Sarah Jacquie
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My boyfriend came home and then as an after thought (being that I am a reading junkie) remembered he received a book today. I was interested, "School book?" I asked, to which he replied "No some guy with a box full of them was just giving them away". With that he just laid it down and started talking about other things... but I immediately snatched it up for examination and off I went.

I just finished the book a few minutes ago and I'm I'mpressed. So impressed that I'm thinking of trying to writ
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Scot
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So my buddy tells me about this iPad app that’s a novel combined with music and art, and sucker that I am for all three “arts,” I downloaded it. First bonus: It’s new, and I think they’re testing it out, so it’s free, at least for now. Free = nothing to lose.

Turns out an order of magnitude above that: “Too Far” App = everything to gain. Sweet, on various levels.

(Warning: This review is way longer than my other ones, given that this whole iPad app multimedia concept has me kind of ganked.)

I'll s
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Lucy Dawson
Oct 28, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
If I had not paid £2.50 for this in Barter books, I would have given up after a few pages.
However since I spent money on it I felt obliged to battle on through it.
The book features two 6 year olds who venture into the forest and have imaginary adventures together. Bridge to Terabithia, I hear you cry! No, this is Bridge to Terabithia's wannabe drug addled cousin. The sentences skip around different topics and you can never be sure what they are on about as there's imaginary people in this, but a
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Georgiann Hennelly
My son gave me this book they were giving them away on his university campus as a promo . I must say it was a fascinating read.On the outskirts of Fairbanks Robbie a six year old boy meet a mesmerizing girl his own age. Together they explore the the mysterious woodland surrending their homes. The world they discover is built from their own fantasies, and inhabited by creatures born from their dreams. But while Robbie and Fristeen grow inseparable, Robbies parents are drifting apart,and Fristeens ...more
Jessi
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
Why only 2 stars?
1. I didn't like the abrupt and unfitting ending. It seemed like Shapero didn't know how to end it but had a deadline to meet so he quickly typed a couple pages and stuck them on the end of his manuscript.
2. The two main characters are six years old. The way they think and speak are unrealistic.
3. The writing is sometimes too long and descriptive while at other times it feels abrupt and forced.
4. A map is included AFTER the ending of the story. It would have been more logical (a
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Karen
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Bridge To Terabithia on drugs*

I (like many others, it seems) got this book for free on campus at my university. It had a CD strapped to it which I have yet to listen to, but which apparently is supposed to match certain scenes of the book...

To me, the whole thing seemed like a rather twisted, drug-addled adaptation of Bridge To Terabithia. While it was somewhat interesting in terms of emotion, childlike wonder, and imagery, it was also hard to follow at times and seemed to have much more fluff
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Rowan Devana
Apr 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from some people who were handing it out on campus. It sat on my shelf for a good year before I got around to picking it up. Having done so, I regret that I even brought it home.

I am keeping it as an example of truly terrible writing.

It's a great example of how overusing metaphors can make your writing confusing. I was shocked to discover that the author has a degree in literature, as I could find at least five things my first-year creative writing teacher instructed us not
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Rich Shapero is a writer and musician whose multimedia storytelling projects pioneer unseen worlds. At the heart of his stories are vast wildernesses, populated by mercurial private gods who promise deliverance to truer, more profound states of being. But transcendence demands sacrifice, and the paths of his protagonists are fraught with danger, dread and violence. Combining lucid prose with entra ...more
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