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Far From You

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  8,278 Ratings  ·  1,056 Reviews
Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That's how long recovering addict Sophie's been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong - a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addictio
Paperback, 341 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Indigo
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Lola  Reviewer
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
Sep 22, 2013 Giselle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
sana  °¤°
3 1/2 stars

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.

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
Shauna (b00kstorebabe)
Mar 01, 2017 Shauna (b00kstorebabe) rated it really liked it
After a feverish 3 hours, I finished this book in one sitting. This book was a slow burn murder mystery, and although I was able to mostly guess the truth, I really enjoyed reading it.

I loved the main character: an addict, disabled, bisexual, unapologetic. She was strong in so many ways.
"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
Rebecca T
Jun 06, 2014 Rebecca T rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2016 JenacideByBibliophile rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-ya


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
Wendy Darling

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

Review to come.
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
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.
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
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
Vitor Martins
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
Disability in Kidlit
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
Elise (The Bookish Actress)
4 stars. Oh god, this book was so good.

I don't honestly remember much about the plot of this book. That's because this book isn't focused on plot. It's intensely character driven. Sophie is such a strong character. She has deep-seated emotional issues, but she's really TRYING to do better. I just love her so much.

This book is also one of the best media portrayals of bisexuality I've ever read (she actually says she's bisexual!). There is a good mystery, but to be honest, I just don't remember
Alana • (thebookishchick)
Apr 28, 2017 Alana • (thebookishchick) rated it really liked it
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
Tasha (faeriedrugs)
Jun 28, 2017 Tasha (faeriedrugs) rated it really liked it
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.
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
Lily (allthewrittenworlds)
“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. And as it beats, it’s still her name that thrums through me.”

Ok, wow, I totally did not expect to fall so completely in love with this book. The premise is seriously intriguing – a recovering teen drug addict on a mission to solve her best friends murder – and perfect for fans of ‘Veronica Mars’ or readers new
Oct 22, 2013 Layla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 20, 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,
Mar 09, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
3.75/5. As a contemporary this would definitely get 4.5 or maybe even full 5 stars. I loved how diverse this book was (there's positive bisexual/lesbian representation and disability and chronic pain rep). The characters were all three-dimensional and the way relationships and especially friendships were portrayed felt incredibly realistic throughout the whole book.
However, the mystery was just kind of okay and once again, I saw the twist/reveal coming. Like I said in a status update, this is pr
Glinda Izabel
Jan 19, 2017 Glinda Izabel rated it really liked it
Quando un romanzo ha la forza di incatenarti alle sue pagine, togliendoti l'impulso di fare qualunque altra cosa pur di finirlo, vuol dire che è speciale. Come lo è stato per me "Lontano da te", libro d'esordio di Tess Sharpe. Un mix di thriller, mystery, romance e drama, una storia al cardiopalma che mi ha spinta in un universo di segreti, bugie e amore.
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Jul 11, 2017 Sandy 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
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
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Born in a mountain cabin to a punk rocker mother, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural Northern California. She lives deep in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a growing cabal of slightly feral cats. She is the author of Barbed Wire Heart and the critically-acclaimed YA novel, Far Fr
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