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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When Erika helps her best friend, teen beauty queen Cassie Abbott, escape their “Nowhere, Ohio” town, she promises to keep all of their secrets safe, but then the days stretch into weeks with no word from Cassie. Worse, the sheriff’s investigation into Cassie’s disappearance is making Erika doubt she ever really knew Cassie at all. Under the weight of scrutiny and confusio ...more
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Published May 2013 by Deeds Publishing
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Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed "Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away." The book is very vivid and takes you right there to the little town and the worn-out movie theater and the hot summer days and the pain of lost friendship and the excitement of first love.... I enjoyed the author's format of using letters together with narration. The letters help the reader understand the heroine and allows us to see her growth in character and self worth. I think the book is very readable for both adults and young adults. ...more
A gorgeous, slightly geeky coming of age/slice of life tale for anyone who's ever felt like like they never quite fitted in.

Let's get this straight: it is not a story about Star Wars, nor is it a slavish love-letter to the fandom. You could read and appreciate it knowing very little about cinema or American pop culture of the 1970s (although if you do I'm sure the references would raise a smile).

This is the story of a 15 year old girl named Erika; she's not one of the popular kids, nor is she a
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
** Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in return for a fair review. **

Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away by Trisha Slay was a fabulous surprise of a read. I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. The synopsis intrigued me enough to pick it up, but I was expecting an okay read...not a stellar one. Well...I was wrong. Despite the fact that I am not a huge Star Wars fan (sci-fi isn't largely in my wheelhouse), this plot was stupendous. Slay's writing is perfection. She drew
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Erika promised to keep Cassie's secret just that...a secret. So when it looks like Erika is the last person to see Cassie, things turn for the worse for her. She is trying her best to keep away from Cassie's father, and then all the bullying starts from others. With everything weighing heavy on her mind, she goes to the movies...Star Wars. For some reason, this movie gives her the break she needs. But she can't live in the movie theater, and someone thinks she knows more than she is telling. Wha ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I recieved a copy of this book for an honest review. I really enjoyed this book! It's a look into small town life and coming of age. What happens behind the scenes, the torture of school when you don't fit in, the secrets people keep, and how far they will go to hide them. How one movie changed a misfits life forever. I have enjoyed all of her books would recommend them for YA readers, and the young at heart. ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I thought this book was really good! Great description and story! I remember when the very first Star Wars movie came out. It was wonderful!
Going to check out more of her books!!
Crystal Otto
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I don’t remember watching Star Wars and I was born two months after it was released in theaters, but novelist Trisha Slay made me feel as if I had been there in the theater taking in each frame of the film. Slay’s novel, Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away was so well written that I imagined myself a troubled teenager, coming of age and being transformed during the summer months of 1977.

Erika (the lead character) is the reason I loved this book, because she is every teenager girl; awkward in her ow
Renee Roberson
Jul 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
There were two specific reasons I was excited to read Trisha Slay’s young adult novel, Not So LongAgo, Not So Far Away. First of all, my husband is a huge Star Wars fan. And like Slay, he admits that the original Star Wars is not his favorite in the franchise, but rather, The Empire Strikes Back holds that place in his heart. Second, I am a huge movie buff and like the main character in the book, Erika, I too worked in a movie theater in high school. Mine didn’t quite have the historical charm o ...more
Cathy Hansen
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was curious about this book for a couple of reasons: Much of it takes place around the time I was born, and I was curious to see how Star Wars tied in to the story. I was not disappointed!

I read a few chapters very late on the day the book arrived in the mail. I woke up the next morning wanting to know how things turned out for Erika, and I couldn't put it down until I'd turned the last page, less than 24 hours after the book arrived in my home!

A timid and awkward young Erika is the main char
Lisa Eckstein
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Erika is a shy, awkward teenager in a small Ohio town in 1977, and her already crummy life has just gotten worse. Her best (and only) friend runs away from home, leaving Erika to deal with the fallout. Her controlling, criticizing mother is treating her more awfully than ever. And the kids at school taunt her through the final days of the school year. But everything changes for Erika when she sees the hit movie of the summer. Star Wars gives Erika a new hope, and all she wants to do is watch it ...more
Cathy Hall
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Erika’s summer starts dramatically when her best friend, Cassie, disappears from their small Ohio town. Dramatically for everyone except Erika, that is. She knows her friend has been planning her getaway—and she knows why. But as the summer progresses, Erika learns disturbing secrets about her missing friend, and she begins to wonder if she knew Cassie at all. When Stars Wars comes to town, Erika yearns for escape into the fantasy on the big-screen. She finagles a job at the Bixby, a run-down lo ...more
Elizabeth Naranjo
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved it. I'm a big Star Wars fan, although you don't need to be one to enjoy this book. The main character is endearing, and I was genuinely surprised more than once by turns in her story. The relationship between her and her mother seemed over-the-top at first, but it led somewhere believable.

I read an interview with this author where she talked about her struggles finding an agent because her book is set in the 70s. I'm glad she didn't change that; it's a big part of what makes this novel so
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting story centering on Star Wars as changing a young woman's life.

Full review will be up on my blog on Wed. 7/3: http://booksithinkyoushouldread.blogs....
Thomas Ganley
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Trisha Slay grew up in a haunted house ... now she writes about restless spirits.

Her White Crow Mysteries are filled with supernatural suspense. Her debut novel — Not So Long Ago, Not So Far Away — is a quirky coming-of-age story with an underlying mystery.

When she isn't hunched over a computer, she enjoys hiking with her husband and rescue dogs, hunting down new ghost stories, exploring historic

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