Far From You [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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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.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—The day Sophie is released from rehab starts the "now" of this story, which alternates with flashbacks from the past. Readers learn that the teen has had two close calls with death, the first in a crippling car crash with her friend Mina and Mina's brother Trev. The second was when Mina was murdered in front of her in what is assumed to be a drug deal gone bad. Because Sophie is a recovering drug addict, even her parents don't believe her when she says that the murder has nothing to do with drugs, hence her stay in rehab. Now that she's free, Sophie is obsessed with finding Mina's killer. Somehow she must overcome everyone's belief that her relapse caused Mina's death and enlist help in solving the crime. The mystery is a major theme of the book, and the author gives no clues before the revelation. This kind of plot twist is sometimes successful, but here the ending is so out of left field that it lacks believability. As readers follow Sophie's sleuthing, they learn that Mina was more than just her best friend; she was also her first love. This romance is full of struggle and strong emotions, likely to find an appreciable YA audience.—Genevieve Feldman, San Francisco Public Library
VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Mary Ann Darby
Seventeen-year-old Sophie Winters has just survived an attack by a masked man in the woods; her best friend, Mina, was not so lucky. When police decide that Mina’s murder is the result of a drug deal gone bad, fingers are pointed at Sophie. Sophie has been fighting an addiction to pain pills since an accident three years earlier, and although she has finally beaten the addiction, no one is willing to believe her. She is forced into rehab, and by the time she is released, people who were friends have turned their backs on her, including Mina’s brother, Trev. When Sophie starts digging for the truth, more layers of mystery are uncovered, with additional characters and elements introduced. The last chapters answer most of the story’s questions, including the true nature of Mina and Sophie’s relationship and why Mina was murdered. Although high school teens may well be hooked into the story’s murder mystery, which is introduced immediately, Sharpe’s first novel seems to have a bit of an identity crisis, taking on too many angles for a single story. Elements of a love story, a love triangle, drug dependency and recovery, as well as additional subplots of a mysterious disappearance and pregnancy, are a great deal to untangle cleanly. Throw in a series of flashbacks from very different times in Sophie’s life, and there are too many threads to weave smoothly. Themes and content make this most suitable for mature young adult readers. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby; Ages 15 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-12
This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery. Sophie and Mina have been best friends since second grade. When they were 14, they were involved in a car accident that nearly killed Sophie, who became addicted to OxyContin during her recovery. Sophie has kicked her habit with the help of her bounty-hunter aunt and clings to each day that she stays clean. As the book opens, however, readers learn that Mina has been murdered. Since the murderer planted OxyContin in Sophie's pocket, everyone, including Sophie's mom and the police, believes that the girls were trying to buy drugs. Sophie knows the murderer will go free unless she uncovers a story that Mina was investigating for the local newspaper—but pursuing him will put her in grave danger. Sharpe writes in chapters alternating between scenes from the past and present as she moves the story forward. Within the mystery plot, she focuses mostly on Sophie's battle against drugs and against those who refuse to believe her—and on an emotional secret the two girls shared. She doesn't settle for simplistic, one-dimensional characters, giving each flaws and virtues, strengths and weaknesses, from Sophie's parents to her friends. An absorbing story full of depth and emotion. (Mystery. 14-18)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423187844
  • Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Sold by: DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 64,911
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    I was shocked to find how deeply this book moved me. It is a hau

    I was shocked to find how deeply this book moved me. It is a haunting tale that settles into your bones. Sophie is a character that is so dynamic and grows beyond imagination as the story unfolds. I was impressed with the authors ability to mold a character that shed so many skins but still felt honest. Mina is also an astounding character, even when she is told from a rose tinted pair of glasses. I loved the back and forth in time that this book is formatted- it adds to the mystery and helps to captivate the audience. I was also surprised by the ending and thrilled that I wasn't able to pinpoint where the author was going until the very end. The story's unpredictability kept the story moving and the twists exciting. The depth of character and the magnitude of the story overall made this an enjoyable, thrilling, entertaining, and breathtaking read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2014

    Kyla

    Just reading the summary makes you jump out of your seat and Its a must read book to find out who killed and the truth behind all this i dont know about you but i love killer books shows and movies because its a good practice if you want to become a forenics scientists

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Disney Book Group and Netgalley.)
    17-year-old Sophie cannot get over the fact that her best friend was shot in front of her, and everybody blamed her because they thought that she was the reason Mina was where she was when she got shot.
    Sophie is clean though; she’s given up Oxy, and has been clean for months even if nobody believes her. Now she just needs to catch Mina’s killer, and bring them to justice.
    Can Sophie unravel the mystery surrounding the story Mina was working on when she was killed? And will anybody ever believe Sophie when she says she’s clean?


    This was an interesting murder/mystery story, with an unconventional romance.

    Sophie was a strong character, and I was annoyed for her at the way she was treated by her friends and family. Sure, the evidence against her made things look bad, but it would have been nice if someone had given her the benefit of the doubt. I’d have been annoyed at being sent to rehab for three months if I was clean and my best friend’s murderer was getting away with it!

    The storyline in this was okay, although it took me a while to get used to the jumping back and forth in time. I did pick up the different storylines after a while, but the constant jumping from present day to 6 months ago, to 3 months ago, to 2 years ago was a bit confusing at first.
    I liked the mystery angle of the book once I got into it, and I was really interested to find out what had really happened to Mina, and what story she had been investigating. It was also pretty difficult to guess who the killer was, although this was mainly due to the fact that the killer was mentioned so rarely during the course of the story.
    The romance in this was a little unconventional, but saying more than that would be a spoiler. Let’s just say that the romance really added an extra dimension to the story.
    The ending was obviously less than happy, because Mina was obviously dead, but I liked that the loose ends were tied up and the killer brought to justice.
    Overall; a good YA murder/mystery story.
    7 out of 10.

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  • Posted April 25, 2014

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    Far From You is a story that has a little romance, a little myst

    Far From You is a story that has a little romance, a little mystery, and a lot of emotional tragedy.  Sophie, the main character, deals with addiction, death, friendship, love, pain, and loss.  There is a love triangle of sorts, though not your typical one.  While the story was good, it wasn't great.  I kind of had the feeling from the synopsis that it was going to be a suspenseful murder mystery, but it really wasn't.  That aspect was downplayed for the most part, which was kind of disappointing and something as a reader you might want to be aware of going in.  Overall, while the novel did have its good parts, it still didn't blow me away, though I did read several reviews where the reviewer really did like the story. 

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  • Posted April 10, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Far From You

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Far From You by Tess Sharpe
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Publication Date: April 8, 2014
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley




    Summary (from 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.




    What I Liked:




    This book was definitely NOT what I expected. To be honest, I don't know what exactly I expected, but it wasn't what I got. Somehow, I had it in my head that this book was a paranormal story, probably because the synopsis mentioning dying twice. The difference was that the synopsis mentioned ALMOST dying twice, not ACTUALLY dying twice. Oops?




    I gave this one three stars, but it was because I felt like I had an equal amount of "likes" and "dislikes", and not because I was apathetic towards the novel. There were some things that I really enjoyed, and some things that I wasn't quite happy to see/read.




    Sophie's friend Mina was killed in front of her. Sophie was sent to rehab - again - because drugs were found on her, but the drugs weren't hers, and she had been clean ever since the first time at rehab. Now that Sophie is released, she wants answers. Who killed Mina? Why? Why would someone plant drugs on her (Sophie) and NOT kill her as well? Secrets are discovered, unearthed, and the whole story must be brought to light in order to figure out what really happened.




    I'm kind of ehhh when it comes to the whodunit theme (see below), but I read, finished, and sort of liked this one. I'm not going to say I definitely knew who did it (I didn't, until the end), and that was a good thing. Sharpe kept up in suspense for the entire novel, and the clues she kept dropping were intriguing, but enough for us to completely know what happened. 




    The characters are very well-developed. I'm not saying I loved all of them, but each had very interesting roles, and each filled in his/her role well. I really felt for Sophie - being accused of doing drugs and having to go through rehab all over again. Her best friend was killed. She was brutally injured three years ago in a car accident. Sophie has it hard, and things don't get easy for her. 




    Trev, Mina's brother, is probably my favorite character of the bunch. Of all the characters, I felt the worst for him. He got the short end of the stick when it came to Mina (I mean, his sister died), his parents (dead father, mother on vacation), Sophie (not getting into that specifically, but WAHHHH)... poor guy. But he is great.




    Overall, I think the interesting mystery and the raw, "realness" of the characters made me want to really like this book. But other things, like the whodunit plot in general, the romance, the overall feel of the book, just didn't click with me.




    What I Did Not Like:




    Like I said before, the whodunit plot doesn't really appeal to me. I've never been a huge fan of WHO KILLED XYZ PERSON AND WHY?! I liked it in Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock - which is funny because I was sure that I wouldn't like both the whodunit aspect AND the werewolf aspect. But anyway, I end up just really disliking the person that died. That sounds horrible, but it always seems like that person is extremely self-centered. And the entire book is based on risking your life trying to do something in honor of the person? I totally get it - justice needs to be served. But something about that kind of plot doesn't sit well with me.




    I also didn't particularly enjoy the romance. There IS a love triangle, and it is a really sad one. Two people love our protagonist, and out protagonist loves both of the people, but in different ways. Like... it's hard to explain without giving things away. But I think that this love triangle is okay in this book, because it's VERY different. You'll see. 




    But I didn't like the romance. I didn't like that the one person basically had no chance. I know that the nature of the romance made it that way, but it definitely did not seem fair to anyone. I felt like the two main people in the primary couple hid their budding feelings for each from everyone, and that was not fair. Like, don't string everyone else along.




    Wait. I said love triangle. I think I might love square. Or some funky shape with four sides but it's not a polygon because not all of the sides connect. Person A secretly loves Person B romantically, and loves Person C in a different sense. Person C loves Person A, in the romantic sense. Person D loves Person B in a romantic sense. Have at it.




    Also, let me be frank. There is the presence of bisexuality in this book. I did NOT expect this, nor did I expect it to be such a central theme. Sure, I've read plenty of books with either gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc. characters. But I have not read a book were bisexuality and lesbianism are primary topics in this book, and they are part of the romance. Call me whatever you want, but I don't read lesbian or gay romance novels. It's simply a preference. I have no problems with the themes being in the book. But the romance and sexual encounters? I'm sorry, but they're not to my taste.




    Please note: what was said above is NOT necessarily a "negative" thing. It's more of a preference thing. Sharpe did nothing wrong, in that instance.




    Overall, this book didn't FEEL like a book for me. There were some things that I liked, some that I did not. When the overall mood of the book isn't to the reader's liking, then it's hard to get into or like the book. I'm not really sure what happened, but I think it was the plot of the book. The scenes switch between past and present, which is great and it works, but the overall whodunit plot was ehh. Not for me, as I've said.




    Would I Recommend It:




    If you like "tough-issue" books, then you should read this one! I'm sure there are tons of tough-issue books out there, but I chose this one, and it's pretty good. Tough-issue books in general aren't really for me, but I know they appeal to many other bloggers. If you're not really a tough-issues reader, then you could probably skip this one. It wasn't high on my TBR list - in fact, I wouldn't have read it if I hadn't gotten it for review.




    Rating:




    3 stars. The happy middle of the road. I wish I could like this book more, but I'm glad I didn't dislike it more. Nevertheless, this was a pretty great debut!

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

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    I wanted to read Far From You because even though I am not alw

    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.

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  • Posted April 8, 2014

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    Inspiring, Twisted Mystery

    Have you ever been so abusive of the trust and belief in you that when you tell the truth, no one believes you? Sophie was severely injured in an automobile crash, her life is one of constant pain and she quickly becomes addicted to the medications she is given. After intense rehab, she is now clean, but when her best friend is murdered, it is assumed it was because they were on a drug run for Sophie. Sophie is unsure of what happened, but she is determined to uncover who killed Mina and why, in spite of everyone around her who have no trust left to give. Against all odds and feeling so alone and lost, Sophie stands strong, reliving the memories of life with her best friend, her first love. What would people say if they knew? Does it matter? They only expect the worst from her, and her fierce investigating, along with a couple of reluctant believers could get her killed as she zeroes in on the killer or killers.

    Far From You by Tess Sharpe will have you on the edge of your seat, rooting for this damaged and lonely girl who cannot even feel comfort from her own parents. I have to question the phrase, benefit of doubt or innocent until proven guilty in the case of Sophie. NO one should have to feel this alone. Fortunately, Ms. Sharpe gave the “clean” Sophie enough integrity and sense of self to continue the search for justice for Mina. For a girl with so much baggage to carry, she is impressively strong.

    Flashing between the past memories with Mina and the present, Sophie takes us on a painful journey through her heart and mind, her weakest moments and her strongest. Often dark, shrouded in the pain of loss, yet with memories of happy times, Tess Sharpe has created a memorable heroine who has beat the odds and silenced the screaming pain of her loss and her broken heart.

    A wonderful and inspiring mystery filled with twists, turns and revelations that will take you aback.

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    Posted August 6, 2014

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