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Far from You

Far from You

Scris de Tess Sharpe

Povestit de Tess Sharpe


Far from You

Scris de Tess Sharpe

Povestit de Tess Sharpe

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4/5 (23 evaluări)
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8 hours
Lansat:
Feb 12, 2019
ISBN:
9781977381149
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Descriere

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's 14, 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 17, 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 Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina — and about the secret they shared.

Lansat:
Feb 12, 2019
ISBN:
9781977381149
Format:
Carte audio


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Tess Sharpe is the author of the young adult mystery Far From You and the feminist thriller for adults Barbed Wire Heart. She lives in the backwoods with a pack of dogs and a cabal of slightly feral forest cats. Her favorite witch is Morgan Rowlands from Sweep.

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  • (4/5)
    Sophie is an Addict. After a bad car accident when she was 14, to ease the pain of her broken body, she develops an addiction to oxy that she hides from everyone. Until her best friend Mina figures it out and tells Sophie’s parents and she’s sent to an aunt’s to become clean. Fast forward to the night in the woods where Sophie and Mina go to before a party. The night when Mina is shot and life for Sophie changes forever. No one will believe the “addict’s” insistence that drugs were not the reason they were in the woods that night and Sophie is packed off to rehab for treatment of the drug addiction she no longer has. When she returns from rehab, it becomes her mission to find out what really happened that night and who is responsible for Mina’s death and nothing will stop her. She’s such a strong character; I couldn’t help but admire her conviction and strength. This book just made me so sad. So sad for the tragic loss of Mina’s life, the struggles that Sophie went through emotionally and physically. I didn’t expect this book to move me like it did. It’s written with Sophie as the narrator and jumps around a little, bit with clear indications of when the section takes place. It was a pretty quick read, but it’s packed with emotion, heartbreak, action and intrigue. Who killed Mina? And why?
  • (5/5)
    Just take all the stars, Far From You. I finished this book this morning, and I still can't stop thinking about it! Books with real LBGQT characters are few and far between. Books where that person is a main character, and you can honestly feel their pain through the words? Even fewer and farther between. I just want to hug this book. I want to buy a ton of copies and just pass them out to the masses. I really enjoyed this.

    “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.”

    That quote only highlights how well Sophie's bi-sexuality is handled in Far From You. This is a topic that is often misrepresented, but I can honestly say that I felt like Tess Sharpe handled it like a pro. Not only that, but she managed to weave in dealing with addiction, the power of friendship, what it's like to become reliant on someone, and feeling misunderstood. Every word had a purpose. Every piece of this book had something to say. Yet, it never became too much. It was never heavy handed. I found myself sitting right next to Sophie, and all I wanted to do was reach out and hold her hand.

    Now, there is also a mystery here. One that, in my opinion, is perfectly meshed into the story. Contrary to what normally happens when I read mystery/thriller books, I didn't see the ending coming. That made me happy. It also made me really sad, but that was more because Sophie had already been through so much. I just wanted happiness for her. I know that some readers didn't like the mystery aspect. You might not. Still, I can't deny that I thought it made for a great addition to this book. It gave Tess Sharpe a great excuse to keep flashing back to Sophie and Mina's younger days, and it was a beautiful thing.

    In case you couldn't already tell, I fell desperately in love with this book. When I start reading at night, and actually pass out trying to keep reading, I know that I've fallen hard. It was Sophie, it was Trev, it was Mina, all keeping me reading well into the night. Such a great cast of characters, in an equally amazing book.
  • (2/5)
    Alas, another disappointing read - I never really got into this book. I found the murder mystery weak, even though I didn't guess the actual murderer until the end, and I never really connected with the main character, Sophie. I did like Trev, Mia's brother, but unfortunately things didn't work out happily for him in the romance department which was a shame as he was a sweetie. Also, the constant switch from past to present became annoying after a while and distracted from the flow of the story. Why are great books so hard to find?
  • (3/5)
    didn't quite have the depth I was looking for, and the mystery felt pretty lackluster to me.
  • (4/5)
    Sophie has almost died twice. Once, her body was crushed in a car accident, leaving her permanently scarred and forced to live with continual pain and a limp. The pills that she needed to deal with the pain, resulted in an addiction that consumed her life. It isn’t until Sophie’s best friend tells her parents of her addiction that she is forced to get clean. After staying clean for months, Sophie faces her second near-death experience. She is attacked and left unconscious as her best friend Mina is killed by a masked man. The police and Sophie’s family are convinced her penchant for drugs caused the murder and once again, Sophie is sent away. Sharpe captures the scarred, emotionally damaged girl beautifully. The anguish she endures, as even her own family blames her for the death of her friend, is palpable. When she finally returns home, she is determined to find the killer who ripped the love of her life away from her. There are issues here of self-acceptance, forgiveness, drug abuse, loyalty and resiliency. The characters are complex and relatable. Sharpe’s plot moves swiftly and builds steadily. High school students will love this tale of loss and recovery.
  • (4/5)
    Sophie has almost died twice. The first time, she was in a car crash and sustained serious injuries, and she is still living with chronic pain 3 years later. The second time, her best friend was murdered, and Sophie wants to know who did it. However, as Sophie has also been in rehab for drug addiction, everyone including her family believes she is still using, and that Mina's death was somehow Sophie's fault, that she had led Mina astray and into danger.This young adult suspense thriller was an engaging and sometimes emotional read. The narrative jumps between the present and events of weeks, months or days ago, but each short chapter has a heading such as "Now (June)" and "Ten Months Ago to help in reader orientation. It takes a while to decide whether or not to believe Sophie, but this adds to the power of her story.I received a free copy of this book through the Amazon Vine programme.
  • (5/5)
    Oh good lord! I need to take a moment and reflect on this book. *Reflecting* Ok. There we go. Now, on to the review. This is an absolutely amazing debut. I didn't expect to get this book at all, but I received a gorgeous, Summer Of Chills package and this was one of the books within. I'm glad it was in there because Ms. Sharpe has just become my newest favorite YA author!This book is filled with every possible emotion there is.....anger, hatred, happiness, sadness, forgiveness, depression, pain....all of it. You name it, it's there. Sophie's character. Wow. What can I say about her except that she is amazing. She is a tortured soul seeking to let people know the truth as she knows. She'll not stop until it's done. Following her on her journey was incredible. And Mina.....bless her. I loved her role in the story,too. She was chiseled perfectly and the closeness that her and Sophie shared growing up....well it was quite the icing on the cake! I loved how the author switched the chapters between present day, and back when the events were first happening. It really made for an interesting read.And the twists that Ms. Sharpe adds to the story. Holy moly! They definitely kept me guessing and when ending hits.....wham! It hits hard. Definitely a book I'm happy to read again.If you want a book that is filled with drama and intensity, characters that are real, and situations that are very, very real in today's society, then I suggest you stop what you are doing right now, and grab a copy of this book. It's worth every bit of it's beyond 5 star worthiness. Highly, highly recommended and I absolutely can not wait for another novel by this fabulously talented Ms. Sharpe! *Back away from my book....it's mine. All mine and you can't have it!*
  • (4/5)
    I wanted to read Far From You because even though I am not always drawn to mystery whodunnit type thing, I am drawn to the medical. So, the idea of Sophie almost dying twice and the pain pill aspect really drew me in. Besides, I really like the cover although to me it gives it more of a romance feel instead of girl who lost her best friend and finding the killer slash girl who deals with pain and of recovery. I connected with Sophie, because she had an authentic, in pain voice. She is trying to deal with all of the hard things life has thrown at her, hoping to find a killer who the police have given up on, learn to recover from pill addiction, pain from her first accident, and on top of that, she has parents who don't believe that she was clean on and before that night. The time jumps got to me a bit because they are so often, but it does make its own sense in piecing together the story and getting a full picture of who Sophie is as well as the wonderfully crafted thing that was her friendship with Mina. It had a bigger part in the book that I could have imagine, but it only brought it to life even more. I wasn't expecting the LGBT aspect of this story, and I didn't mind it, but if you are against that sort of thing, just know that its there and I don't think that they really advertised that well. I think that the love triangle, square, some weird shape in this one was the most unique that I have ever read, and it makes the most sense because of how it happens and the feelings in it. I wasn't really expecting who the killer was, I had a few suspicions, but they weren't exactly right. But, I am not one that can usually guess. I liked Trevor, he was so sweet, and I wished that things could work for him. He is Mina's brother, which only adds that layer of complication. But I so admired how strong he was, and how good of a friend that he was to Sophie. It was so obvious that he was in love with her, but he put that aside to be her friend too and that said so much about his character. The friendship and relationship between Mina and Sophie was forged over so many years, and it was the kinds that loved the flaws, never being blind to them, but pushing and helping the other to be better, and to rise above. I could feel the grief from Sophie, how much that she missed Mina and how hard she struggled that she saw it, and that her friend will never be by her side. While I understand why she took some of the investigation on herself and her friend Rachel and eventually Trevor and another unexpected ally in it all. I also couldn't believe how reckless she was at times. But then again, she is surrounded and blinded by the fog of grief and the drive for some sort of revenge. The way it was woven in with the disappearance of the other girl was interesting, though as time I did get confused because it focused on her disappearance more so that finding the killer of Mina, although they are so entwined since we find out that Mina was investigating and must have gotten too close. The ending was good, and I think that it wrapped everything up well, and in some aspects, you can't really have an HEA with this type of story, but you can have satisfaction and a sense of completion. Bottom Line: Solid mystery with interesting take on doing the romance.
  • (4/5)
    In my opinion, this is how you do a young adult mystery. The narrator feels real, a teenage girl who is flawed and thus so very human, fighting for strength and answers, a character I was rooting for from the very first pages.The mystery was gripping, and the twists and turns really surprising. I didn't call them at all, which is always fun.I also really liked the way Sharpe played with the concept of romance. It didn't feel like a cliche, and perfectly complemented the mystery and the narrator's personal growth.If you've been looking for a good young adult mystery to read, I would definitely recommend this book.
  • (3/5)
    Far from You was a really enjoyable, compelling book. There were a lot of things that I thought Tess Sharpe handled phenomenally.

    The jumps in time, for example, could have easily become confusing, but Sharpe managed to keep them distinct. My copy had a different font for the past and present chapters, but I don't think that was even necessary. It was pretty clear when each chapter was taking place through the character dynamics and, of course, Sophie's sobriety mantra.

    Which brings me to my next point: the character dynamics were wonderful. The relationships in this book were so messy and realistic. And, I mean, the most obvious example is the Mina-Sophie-Trevor love triangle (which, by the way, was done really well. I'm basically allergic to love triangles, but this one worked), which was complicated and confusing. But this extends beyond the romantic relationships, too. Sophie's relationship with her mother, in particular, was really powerful and realistic (and so. frustrating.) to read.

    Basically, the characters interacted with each other in kind of grey, realistic ways, and that was great.

    I was also pretty thrilled with the mystery aspect. When I started the book, I was way more keen on Sophie dealing with her grief and settling back into her old life. I didn't expect to be interested in the mystery at all.

    Boy did that change.

    I'm obviously not going to give anything away. But suffice to say that I got really into the murder aspect. And I was definitely not expecting who the killer turned out to be.

    And finally, the homeschooled character? Was fantastic. I love Rachel. There should be more homeschoolers in fiction like Rachel -- smart, a little quirky, but not over the top.

    I do have a couple things about this book that I wish could have been a bit different. Sophie's sobriety post-rehab, for example, was more talked about than anything else. I got a sense of how it affected her life, her family, her relationships. But I didn't really get a sense of how it felt for her on a daily basis. And, kind of related to that, I wish the book had explored a little more what Sophie's was like (especially pre-accident/drugs... what drew Mina and Trevor to her, that sort of thing).

    But overall, this was a great book. I don't know entirely what I expected when I picked it up, but I was pleasantly surprised (and completely hooked).
  • (4/5)
    I just want to start off by saying that Tess Sharpe is a really talented author. The story she has written is one that you won't be able to tear yourself away from. I really enjoyed that there were flashbacks and you were following three different timelines. This book was written in such a way that you could never put it down at the end of a chapter. I would have preferred the story without the twist that it has in the middle. But saying that, it was still an awesome read. I loved how determined Sophie is to solve Mina's murder. Sophie is both strong and vulnerable at the same time. I admire her strength after all she has gone through, yet she is not perfect, which makes this book realistic. I would have really liked if there were flashbacks to when she was first getting clean, because I think that could have added more depth to her character.The storyline was pretty good as well. I thought I knew who the killer was, but I actually had no idea. This was a book that kept you guessing. I think that since Sophie kept avoiding the subject of Mina I didn't really get to feel her grief. There wasn't as much emotion invoked in me as I would have liked. This was a great introduction to Tess Sharpe's writing for me and I hope to see more from her.
  • (5/5)
    This book completely exceeded every expectation I had. This was not a surface level YA read by any means. Death, drug addiction, LGBTQ, family, so many elements in this book that made it so real and unique. And while all those elements were included in the story, they were not the entire basis or plot for what was unfolding. The characters felt like friends to me, I absolutely fell in love with Sophie and Mina, and their story was so intriguing.The end of the novel completely shocked me...to the point of me reading with my mouth open for 5 minutes. I had no idea the killer was going to be who they were. I can't believe this is Tess Sharpe's first novel and I'm so looking forward to reading more by her.
  • (4/5)
    Using the before and after technique popular recently, this book does a wonderful job of telling two kinds of stories.
  • (3/5)
    Count me as someone who is disappointed with this book. The premise had me HOOKED and I could not wait to read it. Unfortunately, there are just too many things going on with this book, and not enough attention is given to any of them.Sophie, our protagonist, is addicted to prescription narcotics, caught in a love rectangle, and on the hunt for her best friend's murderer all while being stalked herself. It's just TOO much for one novel. If the author had just cut out all that murder mystery stuff (which is unbelievable, anyway) and focused on the addiction/love rectangle, the novel would have been splendid. Think about it: what are the chances that a teen is going to witness a murder and be swept up in a murder mystery? Zero to nil. What are the chances that a teen may try drugs and/or fall in love with the wrong person? MUCH more possible. So, all in all, I was very disappointed. I am also disappointed that whomever is in charge of writing the blurbs did not explicitly state this is a novel that addresses themes of bisexuality/lesbians/gay community. Why are they trying to hide that?
  • (5/5)
    Although I haven’t read many, I can honestly say this is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. The characters and their relationships are messy. The double murder mystery is intriguing. There’s so much to this story and it’s just so GOOD. Sharpe writes a brilliant book, and their narration of it is equally brilliant. Highly recommended.


    Content Warning: drug addiction, gun violence, death/murder, grief, PTSD, blood
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely lovely; heartbreaking and engaging. So much of this felt so painfully realistic; I felt the hurt and longing all the way down to my bones.
  • (4/5)
    This book was a wild ride. Each page took a new turn and each word pulled me deeper below the surface. I found myself intrigued and addicted. I loved the unconventional romance and I fell in love with the struggles.I highly recommend it.