Book Reviews, Young Adult

Far From You by Tess Sharpe | Book Review

Title: Far From You

Author: Tess Sharpe

Series: N/A

Genre: Contemporary, Mystery/Thrillers, Young Adult

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Publication date: April 8th, 2014

Pages: 352

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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 addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

“It’s like a roller coaster, the dip and slide searing through me, going straight to my head. The buzz… fleeting, but oh so good… floods me, and I’m reaching for more before it vanishes completely. Anything to erase her from me.

But some marks, they don’t fade. No matter what.”

I loved this book so freaking much it hurts. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since I knew it was a mystery and read the premise, but somehow I’ve never picked it up until now. And I’m so sad because it was so good and I adored it. It was definitely not what I expected at all, but it fullfill all my expectations.

The characters and the story itself felt so dramatic and real to me I was hooked the entire time reading it, and I have to say I couldn’t stop thinking about it even after I finished it, which shows how much I liked this story.

“Once upon a time, I’d been a daddy’s girl. I loved him wholly, preferred him to the point of cruelty. But that girl is gone. I rotted away what was left of her with pills and loss.”

Our main character has suffered from an adiction to Oxycodine after she had an accident. Not only this book talked about mental health and how an adicction could be, but it also had a main character with a physical disability and two LGBTQ+ characters. I loved how honest everything was, and I’ve been really wanting to read a book about these things. I’ve recently been watching (and loving) House, and I didn’t know why but I was super hyped when I read the similarities between both characters.

The way the addiction was portrayed was so well made in my opinion, because even though she was clean in the present, the story alternated between past and present so you could have an idea of what caused that addiction and why. And I really liked that it wasn’t caused because the character wanted to get high, but it was because of medical prescriptions. It made it different from other books.

“But this is the thing about struggling out of that hole you’ve put yourself in: the higher you climb, the farther you have to fall.”

And I loved the relationship between Sophie and Mina. I wanted them together even though I knew it wasn’t gonna happen since the very beginning, but I still wished to. They loved each and took care of other so freaking much it hurt to know they were not going to be together anymore. You could see how much they understood and care for the other through the book and it honestly devastating to read it, especially some of parts.

And let me tell you I wasn’t quite right with the murdered and the story got to surprised me. When I first started I had two suspects and the killer turned out to be one of them, but since I didn’t know the motives, the ending still got to shock me, which felt SO GOOD.

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