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Far from You

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  9,935 Ratings  ·  1,216 Reviews
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 Mi
ebook, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Orion
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Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, lgbt
3.5 stars.

This book must be super annoyed with me. I mean, I did add it to my to-read shelf and un-add it over and over again.

But hopefully, it will forgive me, as I enjoyed my time with it.

Sophie is in rehab. Mina was killed. But Sophie isn’t an addict anymore. And Mina had no enemy. So what happened? Who killed Sophie’s best friend?

I’m not going to lie, this is a book like many others in terms of mystery. You have a case which is, of course, linked to the main character, and you have the main
Elise (TheBookishActress)
But my heart isn't simple or straightforward. It's a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.

This isn't a suspense book. Or, okay, let me edit that statement. This is a suspense thriller, technically, but I wouldn't recommend it as a suspense thriller. It's gritty and dark, yes, the mystery is interesting, yes, the plot is fast-paced, yes. But this book isn't getting my recommendation for its m
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
An emotionally raw story that combines mystery and romance, Far From You offers more than I expected. It's a poignant look into the life of a girl who's lived through tragedy after tragedy, which led her into a deep pit filled with pain, secrets, and addiction.

Told in alternating past and present timelines, we slowly learn exactly who Sophie is, what her relationship with Mina was like, and how it all led to today's misery. While I'm not always a fan of rotating past and present POVs, especiall
Sue (Hollywood News Source)

Sometimes a book will come along and it perfectly describes what I feel. All I could muster is to cry and cry, and to sigh in relief because I am not alone.

I think I'll never get back a part of me after this, whether it's the unknowing or my complete innocence. I could not highlight enough why this book is so important in fear of casually blurting a spoiler. But one thing I can totally guarantee, this book is life jarring. It's mark will certainly stay within me for quite sometime.

Far From You
✨    jamieson   ✨
“But my heart isn't simple or straightforward. It's a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.”

As soon as I started this book I knew it was the book for me. Far From You immediately places you into a setting thats a little gritty, with characters who are a little rough around the edges and honestly? thats what is great about this. I immediately draw comparisons with this book and Netflix' Riverda
This has become the book I recommend the most frequently to readers who want to see LGBTQ YA done right, particularly because I think of all the letters in there, B (bisexuality) is the one I think is most often mishandled, misunderstood, and mistreated. That's not the case here, where I love the way it's done in the context of a thrilling mystery that's also about love, friendship, addiction, reliance, and recovery.
Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ by: Elise (TheBookishActress)

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I have this terrible habit of buying books and not reading them. I'm a book magpie: the process of acquisition is almost as pleasurable, if not more so, as the act of reading itself. What this means is that I have a whole lot of unread books lying around and I'm constantly buying more instead of reading what I have. I'm trying to change that, though, and what better way than by stuffing books two or three at a time in my bag so they're ther

Holy moly this book hits right in the feels. I loved how the mystery unfolded. I loved the characters and I loved the plot. I loved the romance. I loved it.


So why did I not give this 5 stars?
Because I was not surprised by the killers identity. I was not shocked by whodunit and usually that's what makes a mystery book so interesting (for me).

When Sophie's best friend Mina is murdered and Sophie comes back alive with drugs planted, everyone thought it was a drug deal gone wrong. But Sophie has be
"Reckless girls dancing down dirt roads, waiting to be saved from ourselves."

It’s very difficult for me to sum up my thoughts on FAR FROM YOU because while I liked the book, I didn’t love it.

In theory, this is a story about Sophie searching for her best friend’s killer. But in practice, it was a story about Sophie dealing with losing Mina. And that is fine, but I wanted more in the mystery department. When the big climax came and the revelation of who’s the killer I was left somewhat disappoi
I'm such a broken mess right now, holy shit.
Faye, la Patata
I am not a big fan of contemporary books. Sure, I like reading about drama, especially about love, life, and family, but for some reason, drama set in the real world don’t really reel me in. Mysteries and conspiracies in made-up worlds appeal so much more to me than the realistic ones, but Far From You was a bit different in a way it reached out to me few other books could (i.e. Unteachable, If You Find Me). It had that rawness you rarely find in other books, and a sincerity and intensity that r ...more
Joce (squibblesreads)
I read this with Emma from "Drinking by My Shelf" for the #GirlSex101BookClub!
I'm having trouble deciding on a rating because I LOVED the first 75% of it. The last 25% killed it for me, plot-wise. However, I'm not a very plot-focused reader but my issues in the last 25% were also kind of with the character development? AHH I DON'T KNOW. I'm probably going to go with 3.5 stars but in the long run, rating doesn't matter anyways so we'll just say 3.5...?


THIS. This is exactly what I have been looking for in a book. Something that will bring me back to my young and innocent adolescent days. Something that makes me feel guilty for putting the book down, even if it was just for a moment. Something…where the plot and the writing are FANTASTIC. I started reading this book expecting a similar story to many other YA books I have read, but what I got, was pleasantly surprising.

This story takes us through flashbacks and present day surrounding ou
Bee (Heart Full of Books)
Although the actual murder plot came together very slowly I really enjoyed the focus on Sophie and Mina's relationship (LGBT yay!) How we got to see their childhood up to it becoming something more, and then of course the build up to the night Mina was murdered. I wish there could've been a little more character development for Sophie, because Far From You mainly focuses on what the characters were like in the past. From all the YA thrillers I've read by now, you'd expect I at least saw the murd ...more
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it took awhile to get to the "meat" of the story, it was beautifully written. The story centered around secrets, when to keep them, when to betray a trust, and when to let them all go and forgive yourself. Secrets are a topic that resonates with me, and most readers. The shocking conclusion came at a very fast moving 20 pages or so. I appreciated how the epilogues wrapped up most of my questions. Overall a solid mystery with a dose of teenage drama. Just as one expects from any YA novel ...more
I thought based on the cover of this book that it was going to be a pretty standard YA contemporary. This is what happens when I buy books because I read somewhere that the main character has chronic pain, which is perfect for a Diversity Bingo challenge. Because, yeah. This is a thriller.

This was an incredibly compelling story. It's not told in chronological order, and while I usually can't stand that as a plot device, it worked really effectively here as a way of building suspense. Sophie was
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In flashbacks, the main characters uses a walker and a cane after being injured in a car accident. In the current timeline, she no longer uses assistive equipment. She walks with a limp due to her damaged leg and back and has chronic pain.

"Despite the different underlying causes of our disabilities—Sophie is in a car crash at the age of 14, whereas I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 18 months—Sophie’s coping mechanisms and emotional outlook surrounding her disability rang true to my li
Everyone who's ever told me to read this is a sadistic asshole and knows me too well.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After finishing this book, I feel like I just came up for air after a swim in the deepest of oceans. This book is incredible as well as extremely important. All I can say is please read this.
Jaime Arkin
Far From You was a title I had my eye on for a while and when it popped up on netgalley, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. Then I downloaded it and it sat.

There seems to be a trend, or at least maybe I just keep picking up the books that this happens in, where the story is not told in a linear timeline. That is the case here. I will say that I never once felt confused or thrown out of the story based on the bits and pieces of Sophie’s history that we get along the way.

You very quickly find
Vitor Martins
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, read-in-2016, ebook
Eu peguei esse livro pra ler porque em todas as listas que eu vi de livros com protagonistas bissexuais, Far from You estava sempre no topo.
Mas a história não aborda TANTO ASSIM a sexualidade.
Eu achei bem interessante a maneira como a Sophie apresenta sua sexualidade pro leitor. O livro intercala os capítulos entre passado e presente, então a gente vai pegando aos poucos as peças pra montar o quebra-cabeça da história.

O livro fala bastante sobre uso de drogas na adolescência, e eu achei muito
[originally read in/on September 25-27/2014]
Wendy Darling

(view spoiler) Murder thriller? YES. In theory. But another case of like, not love.

Review to come.
Alana • thebookishchick
Wow this book... just WOW.

This is a book you could devour in one sitting because it's suspenseful and gut-wrenching at the same time. I really never wanted to put this book down when I was reading it because I needed to find out what happened.

I LOVED Sophie, Mina, and Trev. I loved the LGBT aspect of the story (I don't think I've ever read a book with one before), it worked so well and honestly I think that's what made the story so much more gut wrenching. Not only did Sophie lose her best fri
This was a very enjoyable read. I liked Sophie as a main character and the alternating chapters of past and present worked really well for the story. And the reveal had me shook. It also had me on the edge of my seat.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbt-fiction, ya
Ok, so Far From You is not a terrible book, but it's not a particularly memorable one either. The premise of the book is as follows: our protagonist, Sophie, is recovering from some fairly serious trauma - someone killed her best friend (view spoiler) Mina and she witnessed it. Also, because of her history of drug abuse, Sophie's family and peers blame her for Mina's death (i.e., why did you two go into that dark scary wood? For drugs!!) Sophie spends the novel t ...more
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far From You is an emotional and compelling story that took me by complete surprise. This book follows Sophie, who has nearly died twice. First, it was a car accident that left her disabled and with an addiction to drugs to cope with her chronic pain. Second, it was what everyone thinks was a drug deal gone wrong where her best friend, Mina, was shot and killed in her presence but Sophie was left alive. However, Sophie has been in recovery for months when Mina was killed and is now determined to ...more
Greyson [Use Your Words]
Mina hides behind her secrets and I wither away my soul with pills, and we are Just Fine, Thank You. Reckless girls dancing down dirt roads, waiting to be saved from ourselves.


I don't even know where to start??? Like this was just sooooo good??? I mean, the suspense, thriller, murder plot was average at best, and arguably that's the whole point of this book right? Wrong! That's not at all what makes this book. What makes this book is literally everything else.

Far From You
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. Wow. This book has rendered me speechless.

Part murder/mystery, part relationship story, all around awesome, Far From You sucked me in right from the first chapter and didn't let me go until the last page.

Love love loved the past and present alternating chapters. A lot of books try to do this and not all of them succeed. However,I was never ever confused with the "when" in this story.

Strong characters that I adored, a plot that captivated me and enough twists to keep me guessing righ
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“But my heart isn't simple or straightforward. It's a complicated mess of wants and needs, boys and girls: soft, rough, and everything in between, an ever-shifting precipice from which to fall.” 70 likes
“I don't say what I'm thinking. I don't tell him how lucky he is, that he can just sit there and admit it, sheepish, but unashamed. Like it's his right. Like it's okay, because she's supposed to belong to someone like him, instead of someone like me.” 36 likes
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