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Far from You

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,712 Ratings  ·  688 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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Mar 19, 2014 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own, contemporary
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
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.
"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
Wendy Darling

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

Review to come.
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
Rebecca T
I'm such a broken mess right now, holy shit.
Tania (Real-Listen-Feel)
4.5 stars

Je ne me serais jamais douté en ouvrant ce livre il y a quelques jours, que j'aurais les larmes aux yeux en le refermant.

Quel merveilleux roman! Je ressors de cette lecture grandie, chamboulée, bouleversée… Je suis très heureuse d'avoir eu l'opportunité de lire cette histoire unique en son genre puisque je ne l'aurais probablement jamais choisi en d'autres circonstances.

Je dois avouer que je n'ai pas été happé par l'histoire dès la toute première page. L'intrigue prend du temps à se met
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
Miranda Lynn
3.5 stars

This was a really strange read for me. I'm going to try to explain how I felt about it...

At first, I had a really hard time getting into it. I kept reading a few pages, putting it down, coming back to it and reading a couple more pages, then putting it back down again. Everything about the book seemed like it should definitely have been a "Miranda book," so I was confused why I wasn't liking it a ton or becoming more interested in it.

But eventually everything started to pick up for me,
Mar 15, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it

This is a perfect mystery/thriller for those who like unlikable girl leads, as well as those who like their characters unreliable, biting, tough, and unrelenting. This is the perfect book for readers looking for a bisexual main character and struggles with not accepting this for herself but being open about it -- though it's not the thrust of the story. Also this is such a fantastic story for those who are eager to see a girl struggling with her addiction and who finds a way to keep herself
Jan 12, 2014 Layla rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, lgbt-fiction
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
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)
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Far From You by Tess Sharpe was combination of absolutely everything that I love about YA. The story felt real and emotional. The characters were wonderfully created and relateable. The relationships between the characters was messy and complicated which made it heartbreaking to read. There was a diversity of characters which I always enjoy reading about, an interesting look at a difficult subject and a thrill
Aug 14, 2015 TL marked it as gave-up-on-lost-interest  ·  review of another edition

oh well
Jan 12, 2016 Manda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
- lesbian representation
- bisexual representation (female)
- addiction
- unlikable female protagonist who doesn’t give a shit what you think
- disabled protagonist
- amazing writing

need i say more?
Jun 18, 2015 O rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am so mad that I did not like this book as much as I probably should. To read a young adult novel where the main character is a bisexual teenage girl still trying to move past being crippled at an early age (still with scars and a limp) which led to her being hooked on prescription meds would have been the best book. Unfortunately Ms. Sharpe adds in a murder mystery (two of them) and I found myself not at all engaged every time the book switched from the main character's past memories of her b ...more
Michelle Arrow
"It doesn't start here. You'd think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand. But it doesn't start here. It starts the first time I almost die."

Have you ever read a book that's so terrifying and depressing that it's addicting to read? That's how I ended up feeling when reading Far From You. Yes, the event is highly unlikely to happen to anyone, but it's still possible and fears me when I think about the troubles that victims m
May 06, 2014 Jasprit rated it liked it
Far From you really was a much different book to what I was expecting. Seriously don’t let the pretty little cover fool you, it was a dark gritty book, but one which took me by surprise in many aspects.

Sophie had to deal with a lot in her life, she’s been left with a dodgy leg since she found herself in a car accident and then she found herself hooked on pain medication and now she’s lost her best friend. The worse thing is that Sophie can’t do anything about it, as everyone seems to assume tha
My original review for this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

“Mina likes to play with fire.
But I’m the one who gets burned.”

~quote taken from the eARC of Far From You at 52%

Initial Thoughts & Rating: 4.5 stars! Far
Jan 25, 2016 Marina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star, own, favorite
It’s been awhile since I’ve fallen in love with a book so completely. I put off writing this review because I was afraid that nothing I could say would do it justice.

It’s a slow burn kind of falling. The book starts off with a confusing chain of events because Sophie’s life falls apart very quickly and everything is told in alternating chapters of Before and After. Before Mina dies and the events leading up to her murder, and After she dies and the ripples it sends through Sophie’s life. To me,
Complete sucker punch of a book! I knew it was going to be dark and twisty from reading other reviews, but I still didn't anticipate the depth and complexity of what I took at face-value to be a YA contemporary love story with a bit of a murder-mystery vein running through it as the lovers worked to discover who had killed their best friend/sister.

Grief, guilt, addiction, disability - all evocatively portrayed; heavy without being heavy handed.Kept me absolutely hooked even though I'm all over
Reviews from a Bookworm
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Sophie has returned from a three month stay in rehab after the murder of her best friend Mina. When she followed Mina into the woods that night she was under the impression they were meeting up with somebody for a story Mina was working on for an internship at a local paper. But when Mina is killed in front of her and drugs are found on Sophie, everyone believes that Mina's death is just the result of a drug deal gone
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Sophie cannot get over the fact that her best friend was shot in front of her, and everybody blamed her because they thought that she was the reason Mina was where she was when she got shot.
Sophie is clean though; she’s given up Oxy, and has been clean for months even if nobody believes her. Now she just needs to catch Mina’s killer, and bring them to justice
"We walk into the rest of our lives together, not knowing it'll end before it's truly started"
I feel like this book ripped out my heart and then stood on it. It was heartbreaking and also surprising uplifting at times. I am heartbroken about what happened to Mina, about what she could've had with Sophie, about Trev having to go on without his sister or his father. Sophie is such an important character to me, a recovering drug addict with a physical disability who has survived multiple traumas, w
Dec 27, 2014 Stacee 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
Kira Magnus
Dec 12, 2014 Kira Magnus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
coup de coeur. Magnifique histoire et magnifique personnage dans mon top 10 de livre que j'adore pour 2014
Dec 19, 2015 Savanah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
ouch good so good
Sep 04, 2015 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 amazing stars.
WOW, this book! The feels from this book! I don't even know what else to say.
Anyone who hasn't read this, needs to ASAP.
Oct 22, 2015 annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i spent the last 50 pages crying so hard i thought i was gonna be sick....good times (but read this book it's amazing)
A beautifully written, albeit predictable, contemporary realistic thriller from an author I can’t wait to read more from. Sharpe’s début novel is a heart-wrenching story of love, loss, grief and addiction. When recovering addict Sophie’s best friend, Mina, is killed, everyone believes the incident was a drug deal gone wrong. Only Sophie knows the truth - Mina was deliberately targeted. Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie is determined to track down Mina’s killer once ...more
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