Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 8, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Romance
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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.
“It doesn’t start here. You’d think it would: two terrified girls in the middle of nowhere, cowering together, eyes bulging at the gun in his hand. But it doesn’t start here. It starts the first time I almost die.”
Have you ever read a book that’s so terrifying and depressing that it’s addicting to read? That’s how I ended up feeling when reading Far From You. Yes, the event is highly unlikely to happen to anyone, but it’s still possible and fears me when I think about the troubles that victims may have to go through in the future.
Sophie Winters has been in two situations that were very similar to each other–and one of them, the last one, killed her best friend, Mina. It was all because of Mina’s decision to go meet “someone” before heading out to a party. Because of her curiosity, she ended up getting killed and risking her best friend’s life. For some reason, Sophie wasn’t killed, but some evidence was left behind–and it wasn’t even true. Slowly depressing and trying to find out the answer to this huge psychological mystery, Sophie has more problems of her own–personal demons that are haunting her to this day.
Having heard about all of the hype for this newly released read of 2014, I couldn’t wait to pick this beauty up. These sorts of stories are captivating and riveting–mainly because it scares its readers and some can relate to it. Sophie’s voice was relatable and perfect for those who are looking forward to read about a young girl who doesn’t know her place in the world or what to do with herself.
“She’s my best friend,” I say. “Don’t you think I know how I screwed up? I barely sleep sometimes, thinking about what I could’ve done differently that night. How I could’ve stopped it. How it’s my fault. I know all of that. I just have to learn to live with it.”
I adored this book. What else can I say? Everything about this was gorgeous and ended up to be a perfect read for a day when you can handle something like this. You easily can handle depressing reads, like me? Then this will end up to be your new favourite read of the year.
Starting slowly and quickly getting to the point, the pacing and story had no flaws. Tess Sharpe has now mastered creating a beauty that claims to have a concept full of tragedy: drugs, loss, depression, love, and friendship.
Need a new set of lively characters? This is it. Sophie handled everything with difficulty, but she made it through and ended up being strong and a fighting character. Ah, and Mina? The dead (sadly) best friend? Even better person. I just loved them all!
This book was magnificent, spectacular even. If you’re looking for something new and fresh with a gorgeous premise that has hardly been done before, then this book is definitely for you!
Rating: 5 out of 5