Far From You by Tess Sharpe Review: An Addicting Depression

August 13, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Far From You by Tess Sharpe Review: An Addicting DepressionFar From You by Tess Sharpe
Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 8, 2014
Source: Borrowed
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery, Psychological Thriller, Romance
Amazon | Book Depository
Add to Goodreads

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

The following two tabs change content below.
Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

Tags: , , , , ,

34 responses to “Far From You by Tess Sharpe Review: An Addicting Depression

  1. Oh my, this book sounds perfect for me. It's a book that is serious, has a lot of character development by the sound of it and can be pretty depressing as well. NOT that I like depressing books, but it's just time for me to read something a bit more serious and heavy I think, as I read the Kite Runner and a Thousand Splendid Suns in the summer. I have added this to my TBR and can't wait to start. With such a fab rating I am excited!

    Olivia recently posted…Top 10: Things I learned from The IncrediblesMy Profile

    • Yeah, I think it's perfect for people who like these reads with these qualities! I love heavy reads, and I'm glad that I picked this up at the right time! I haven't read The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, but they sound so addicting! I hope you enjoy this!

  2. Thanks a million, Kelly! Tess's writing is incredible. I don't know how she can easily captivate readers to her beautiful writing! Oh my, Sophie was the strongest character I've ever read about. Yes, going through two near-death experiences and thinking, "What if it was me instead?" haunts her, but she went through it so easily and strongly. I totally give her a billion kudos for that. She was awesome and more than that! <33
    Michelle @ Happy Ind recently posted…Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming GenreMy Profile

  3. The Marbury Lens… Hmm, Sar that rings a bell! *searches on Goodreads* Ohh, that one! I've seen the cover before! I think I must read it if it's "all kinds of wrong, in a good way." xD I love those kind of strange qualities in books! It's an automatic add to my TBR coming from you! Thank you so much! Go out and get it! 😀
    Michelle @ Happy Ind recently posted…Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming GenreMy Profile

  4. Thanks, Cristina! I tried to choose to review a book that I adored so much so that I could fangirl and rave about it! xD It's a real heartbreaker, but yes, engaging and totally worth it 100%. The subject matter feels so real and special, and well, Tess Sharpe's mastered it. Fitting in may seem a usual for protagonists in YA books, but it seemed perfect for this book. 🙂
    Michelle @ Happy Ind recently posted…Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming GenreMy Profile

  5. Yes! There aren't many reviews and amount of reads for this book as there should be. I like to call this one of those indie-worthy reads that many cheer about. Sure, I wish that it'd get more press, but I also love the fact that I've just picked up a unique rare read! Personal demons are always a must in these kinds of thrillers, and I really hope that you will enjoy this beauty, Amanda, if you'll pick this up! Thank you!
    Michelle @ Happy Ind recently posted…Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming GenreMy Profile

  6. Same here! I'm always picking up contemporaries, but barely have chances to read psychological thrillers! It's one of my favourite genres, and when I get the chance to pick one of those beauties up, I always hope that it'll be worth it. Ouu! You should pick up this and Dangerous Boys, which Jeann and I both had the chance to snuggle up with. They're both so worth it!
    Michelle @ Happy Ind recently posted…Read Play Blog #2 – Favourite Gaming GenreMy Profile

  7. Lively characters are always a must, Roberta! Far From You is definitely worth it. I have lately been reading not-so-good depressing reads, and I was so fascinated and glad to see that this beauty was amazing! No one mentioned that? Oh no. This made me feel so weak and sad… But it went all good by the end. 🙂 Thank you so much!

  8. Incredible review Michelle! This sounds brilliant. I love the intrigue and premise and it sounds like it's beautifully written as well. Imagine being only 17 and already surviving two life and death situations, it takes a strong character to go through that kind of trauma so I can't wait to pick up a copy. Thanks so much for sharing <3
    Kelly recently posted…Ugly Love by Colleen HooverMy Profile

  9. Ooh, I have read a terrifying and depressing book that became really addictive. Have you read The Marbury Lens, Mich? That one is so sick, bleak, and all kinds of wrong, in a good way, I guess. I think I must read this book. I can really see that it got you so bad. I want to feel the feels too. Lovely review, Mich! I'll be keeping my eyes open for this one.
    Sarah @ Smitten over recently posted…Review: Ghost House by Alexandra AdornettoMy Profile

  10. Bec

    This how now been added to my TBR list. Usually I don't do depressing, but this one sounds impeccable. And I can hack depressing if it's done properly. Like Eleanor and Park, I guess.
    Bec recently posted…I rememberMy Profile

  11. This book has been on my radar for a long time now. I love the premise and I think it would be very harrowing for anybody to go through that! I love that all the characters are lively and whatnot. I can easily handle depressing books, so I guess I'd enjoy this book. Lovely review, Michelle!
    Marianne @ Boricuan recently posted…I Have a Horrible Bookish Habit!My Profile

  12. I loved this one too when I read it not too long ago. It was just so raw and intense that the feels hit my in waves. I loved how complex it was, and how deep the relationship was between the two best friends. Honestly, the "Twist" with regards to their feelings for each other really took me by surprise – I didn't expect it! But it was so realistically portrayed that it added to the heartbreak. One gripe I have with this is the suspect of the murder. It seriously felt out of place! LOL
    Faye @ The Social Po recently posted…ARC Review + PH Giveaway: Dangerous Boys by Abigail HaasMy Profile

  13. This is one book that I need to read. It's just screaming my name to be read. Not only does it look like it has a fascinating concept, it seems like the book is very well-written. I'm glad you loved this book so much, Michelle. I hope I'll love it as much as you did! 🙂

    Lovely review!

  14. First, lovely review Michelle. This book sounds heartbreaking but completely engaging. Normally these kind of books scare me but the subject matter hits a bit too close to home and I'm okay with that. I think young or old suffer from the same thing…trying to figure out where they fit in, you know?? Yup, I'm adding this to my TBR. 😉
    Cristina recently posted…Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutMy Profile

  15. I've seen very few reviews for this book and it's a book I'm really interested in reading in the future and your review just makes that even more so. I love that it's mystery and thriller but I also like how it has personal demons involved too because they're so vast in society these days. This is a wonderful review Michelle and I look forward to reading more of them by you 🙂
    Amanda @ Book Badger recently posted…Book Review – Dangerous BoysMy Profile