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Here So Far Away

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Award-winning author Hadley Dyer’s YA debut is smart, snarky, and emotionally gripping, about a rebellious cop’s daughter who falls in love with an older man, loses her best friend, and battles depression, all while trying to survive her last year of high school.

Feisty and fearless George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that) has never let life get t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published March 20th 2018 by HarperCollins
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Lately I've been going into books without re-reading the summary of the book, I've been finding that I've been able to get into a book much more this way, and I like the process of figuring things out as they come along. So, you could say I was intrigued with the unravelling of George's life in Here So Far Away, from her dad having his leg amputated and not sure if he could go back to his job as a police sergeant, to George and her friends drifting away from what used to be a tight knit friendsh ...more
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

#readEHthon Book #2

The first two parts of this book were great. I was into the story, I was reading at a decent pace...and then the third and final part started. I wasn't expecting the story to swing in that direction and it felt a little like a cop-out in my opinion.

Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!
Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
I have such mixed feelings about this one. It's not that I didn't like it, but it's a case of I thought I would like it so much more.

• I didn't relate to any of the characters. That created a distance between me and the story and I was never fully invested.

• In particular, I could not relate to main character George. She seemed to shun intimacy and mocked others for any show of genuine emotion. She had this sarcastic veneer and the glimpses beyond that were too infrequent for me. Plus, it starte
J.T.  Yorke
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
" 'And what are you thinking?'
That I'm afraid I'm not smart enough for you. That I'm okay at a bunch of things but not exceptional at any of them. "

Do you ever want to hate a book but can't, no matter how hard you try? Yeah, that's me rn. While I don't think this is a good book for teen girls, I did enjoy it. I don't like the romanticizing of relationships between adults and teens but George is a relatable narrator who keeps you entertained.

Plot: It's a slow burn. For the first half of the
Brenda A
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: shelf-awareness
George is probably the first ever YA protagonist that I’ve been able to connect with. She’s almost ten years younger than me at the beginning of the novel, but I still remember what it was like to be a teenager and I am amazed that I finally found a character to connect with.

George is called the Enforcer in her group of friends, because she’s the muscle. Nothing fazes her; some boys call her a slut because she had sex, a girl gets catty because she’s upset her boyfriend gives George attention. T
Laura D
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book destroyed me. I could tell it was going to be a book that needed Kleenex nearby but I didn't see the particular event coming and it was written so that it hit you hard.
I know a lot of people have a problem with the age difference but big age differences never effect me. One of the reasons is probably that I found George so relatable and her whole thought process and feelings surrounding Francis and that situation and her friends. For some people her attitude to plan her future so it w
Sara (sarabara081)
DNF around 23% in. I just can't connect with the characters or story, which is a huge bummer since it has an interesting premise.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I sobbed 😭😭😭😭
I haven't cried this hard for a book in a while 😖😪
Noor ♾
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
This book feels like a silent movie. You have to imagine the events, the characters' feelings, etc.. It keeps you guessing and I wonder how it's possible to like and dislike a book at the same time.
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read-books
3 out of 5 stars
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel so guilty giving this book such a low rating because I usually love every book I read (as you can tell from my page, I literally give every book 4-5 stars) so you can imagine how much it pained me to give this book such a low rating. But I gotta be honest. This book was difficult to get through. I mean PAINFULLY difficult to get through. I wanted to stop reading at every chapter but I pushed myself through it for the sake of my reading challenge. First of all, I didn't relate to any of th ...more
Girl Well Read
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, edelweiss
A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I don't like to give negative reviews, especially to a Canadian author. My mother also taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all. But here is my a reviewer, I am obligated to provide feedback.

So here goes...I couldn't relate to the main character, George, at all. The dialogue was trite, and the story itself was simply not engaging and
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This started off being somewhat interesting, but then turned out to be super boring. I ended up skimming through the last forty pages or so. I didn’t really care about George, our narrator. She didn’t seem to have a personality, go to work at the farm, school of course, then she’d randomly get drunk and go to parties because “that’s what you do” in this small town. I think this took place in Canada, but it could’ve been America or England for all I knew. It was hard to get a since of place for t ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
oh my heart and so many changes during senior year and in 1992 to 1993. I was a senior back in 1992. older man and a youth in love. loved the friends. loved Rupert
Aneta Bak
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, books-i-own
Here So Far Away is a beautiful story about a first love that changes George's life forever. This book is funny, realistic and very captivating! I wish I could have read this book when I was in high school.

George is known in her group of friends for being the heartless/straight forward one. If you want the truth, you come to George. Starting senior year was supposed to be amazing, but when one of her friends moves away, and George and her best friend Lisa get into a fight, George is on the outs
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.

This book is at once a coming of age story, and a story of forbidden romance. The book, as a result, is full of drama, emotional scenes, and romance. I enjoyed seeing a fairly accurate representation of high school friendships and petty drama, though sometimes it felt a little dry. You know, girls fighting over a boy, a boy being a jerk, that kind of thing.

I mos
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
*received an ARC for review*

Maybe I'm jaded, but I'm pretty over whiny high school girls and the feelings they have. Most of this book was about 17 year old George (the main girl) either drinking, being rebellious, or fighting with her friends. When she wasn't doing that, she was falling in love with *gasp* a 29 year old musician. I don't know, I just wasn't impressed.
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
First of, I need to say that this is one of the first reviews I write and I do need to say this isn't my first language, so I'm truly sorry if I say something wrong or anything like that, but I felt like I need to review this.
I read this book a while ago, and I had no intentions of writing a review. But then I thought that, in the future, I'd like to know why I had rated this book with 3 (maybe 2.5 stars).
Initially, right after reading it, I considered giving it 2 stars, and so I did.
But now,
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You have to read this book twice. Once to get lost in the story. A second time to get all the jokes. Only then will you find yourself nodding and truly appreciating the smart dialogue between characters and all the lines that went over your head the first time. 

The author gets my highest rating on this forum as - just like her main character George, she “never goes for cheap emotion”. I won’t give a full synopsis here, and hope to avoid spoiling anything with this review.

If you’ve come from a sm
Emily Clair
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
(3.75) This is difficult, 50% of me says 4 star, the other 50% says 3 ish. I can relate to this story, and this book will hold a special place in my heart. Thinking back to parts of the book makes me want to pick it up again! I rated it what I did for these reasons:
1.I felt like the ending to this book was a bit rushed and I didn’t feel satisfied with it.
2.Sometimes I felt like I didn’t completely know what was going on until later in the book when it was clarified again.

Other than that I
May 04, 2018 rated it liked it
While I absolutely loved the concept of this novel, I thought the execution was not very well done. One of my biggest problems was the author kept hinting at certain events, expecting the reader to kind of assume what was happening... this made things confusing and I had to go back and reread certain pages because I just got so stumped.
I felt like the ending didn't wrap anything up. The emotions were still so raw and I felt like George didn't grow as a character at all.
I'm giving this book a 3
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Life’s a bad writer, my father used to say. I think he meant that most of us would write our lives differently, given the chance.

Going into this book, I was expecting something much more lighthearted. That's what I was in the mood for so that's why I picked it up. I was not, however, in the mood to get my heart broken. Maybe it's my fault, maybe I should've known this would be a heavier book, given the topics and the fact that George literally starts the story by saying things became
Teenage Reads
Mar 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Teenage Girls
Maybe when Sid left things were going to be different no matter what. August of 1992, Sid moved with his parents’ to Vancouver, leaving the valley, and his friend group since grade seven, behind. For Frances, who goes by her middle name George, this was the beginning of the end. Planning on partying her way through her senior year, her remaining friend group of Bill, Natalie, and Lisa (whom she was closest too), and then off to Aurora University in the city. As for George, anywhere in life
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!

I had the pleasure of meeting Hadley Dyer at the OLA Superconference earlier this year, and she was a joy to chat with. Her debut YA novel was something I could tell was close to her heart, and focused on some darker subject matters that for me as a contemporary fan, I easily gravitate towards. George (also known as Frances) is one of those heroines who goes through so much growing up in one story and what she deals with is something I feel li
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of Here So Far Away via NetGalley.

Life's a bad writer, my father used to say. I think he meant that most of us would write our lives differently, given the chance. If I could choose one year to rewrite, it'd be my senior year of high school, and I'd probably start with the first shack party...

Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer is about love, loss, and growing up in a damn hurry.

George is a snarky 17-year old, with dreams of leaving the small confines of her hometown. However, li
Lydia Wallace
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. This book has so many different emotions. It is a story of a girl by the name of George Warren her given name Frances because her father was sure she was going to be a boy. She goes by George instead of Frances. She has ups and downs at school trying to stay in a click at school, but ends up alone. She is trying to find love, but cannot find love in her small town. Her father works for the police department, but is not working due to his foot being amputated due t ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Set in the 90s, George's cop father is recovering from a leg amputation during her senior year of high school. George's plans for college are put in jeopardy because of her father's condition. While she is working, she meets and falls for an older man, who happens to be her father's temporary replacement. George keeps her relationship a secret and in doing so creates a rift in her friend group. George struggles to accept the cha
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this slow, simmering, slice-of-life story. Like so many high school seniors, George is trying to maintain her equilibrium at a time when every given in her life (school, friends, family) seems to be in play. One of the few constants is that George—accused of being coldblooded by her friends—has never fallen for a guy. At least not until she meets Francis “Mick” McAdams, an attractive and worldly (at least by her small town’s standards) stranger. Here, finally, is a person worth ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Oh dear, this was a bit of a train wreck, and it was quite painful to read. The plot was slow, the dialogue trite and George, the main character, was extremely annoying. Except for being a whiny brat, she had little personality and was always fighting with her friends, and there was little character growth throughout the book.

Also, I was uncomfortable with the fact that a seventeen-year-old was dating a twenty-nine year-old man, who was replacing her father at work. I skimmed through the second
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Hadley Dyer is the author of Here So Far Away, Johnny Kellock Died Today, winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award, and other acclaimed titles for children and young adults. She has worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years and for multiple organizations promoting the cause of literacy and reading, including CODE, IBBY Canada, and the ...more

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