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.
First Sentence: It doesn’t start here.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Before I received Far From You for review, I have never heard of it. I’m sad to say that before then, Far From You had never showed up on my radar at all. However, I am so glad that Disney-Hyperion sent me an ARC of it because of one word: murder! For those of you who do not know me well, I am obsessed with books, documentaries, and television shows that focus on murder and serial killers and mysteries and all that bloody stuff in general. Far From You sounded like something I would love and in the end, I found myself really enjoying it.
I never expected this because it wasn’t mentioned anywhere in the summary, but Far From You has a LGBT theme that plays a huge role in the book. I can’t say anything more than that because of spoilers and all, but I thought I should at least mention it because I know that people who want to read more books revolving around LGBT people would like to know that Far From You has a LGBT theme.
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. (ARC 77)
There is also a love triangle in Far From You that revolves around the LGBT theme that I have mentioned above, but unlike most love triangles, this isn’t a love triangle where the characters are deciding who do I like/love more? Is it him, the guy who is nice and sweet or is it him, the guy who is dark and dangerous? (I can name at least five books at the top of my head that contains love triangles like that.) What makes the love triangle in Far From You not annoying was that the people in the love triangle already know where their heart is at. There is no switching back and forth, trying to decide between two or more people – they already know who they like and want.
Far From You loves to play around with your emotions, especially when it involves “the secret [Sophie and Mina] shared” (taken from the summary of the book). Far From You had me raging at one character at one moment and tearing up the next. It had me questioning the world and people in general, wondering why certain people do certain things. I can guarantee you that if you read Far From You, it will play with your emotions and will make you feel.
It’s like a roller coaster, the dip and slide searing through me, going straight to my head…Anything to erase her from me.
But some marks, they don’t fade. No matter what. (ARC 145)
There is this small problem I had with Far From You though; I’m not really satisfied with how the murder portion of Far From You was executed. When I read mystery books about murders, I prefer the author to give us little clues throughout the book to help us readers figure out who the murderer is. However, in Far From You, the reveal just happened. Tess Sharpe didn’t give us any small clues to help figure out who did it before the big reveal; she just revealed it, which lacks the big “umph” that the book could have gave.
The ending of Far From You tried to destroy me, specifically the last three chapters. Those chapters were just so sad, so bittersweet, and so touching. I felt like I was in Sophie’s position, experiencing the same things that she had to go through – the distrust, the guilt, and all the sorrow. I had to remind myself constantly to not cry, repeating to myself do not cry Kelly, do NOT cry. I’ll leave you guys wondering if I did cry while reading the ending or not.
Overall, I definitely recommend Far From You, especially if you’re interested in reading books about murder and books that contain LGBT relationships.