Far from You

Far from You

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* "This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
* "Sharpe creat[es] a lacerating picture of grief and regret. ...The murder mystery is compelling, and its resolution serves as a reminder that love is irrevocably tied to loss and that few people get out of it unscathed." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
"This romance is full of struggle and strong emotions, likely to find an appreciable YA audience."
-School Library Journal
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 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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 146 x 216 x 29mm | 522g
  • United States
  • English
  • 1423184629
  • 9781423184621
  • 1,180,233

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Debut novelist Sharpe attempts a delicate balancing act between past and present in this murder mystery about secrets and truth. The story begins with the crime, which is then unraveled by our narrator, Sophie, as she describes how she got to the point where her best friend, Mina, was murdered. Sophie alternates between telling her current story and relating past events, starting with the car accident three years before, which ravaged her physically and led to an OxyContin addiction. It will not take the reader long to realize that Sophie and Mina were not only best friends but in love with each other; Sophie's heartbreak is as much about this as it is about Mina's death. Despite Sophie's eagerness to find the killer, the hunt for him feels a bit abandoned as past events are continually revisited and analyzed. Fortunately, Sharpe's writing is beautiful and her characters are fully realized, which should carry readers through to the book's sorrowful finale. - Kara Dean Booklist"
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About Tess Sharpe

Born in a backwoods cabin to a pair of punk rockers, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural California. Following an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied theater at Southern Oregon University before abandoning the stage for the professional kitchen. She lives, writes, and bakes near the Oregon border. This is her first novel.
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14,123 ratings
4.05 out of 5 stars
5 39% (5,482)
4 35% (5,004)
3 19% (2,712)
2 5% (670)
1 2% (255)

Our customer reviews

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!*show more
by Reviews By Molly
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.show more
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