So Far Away: A Novel

So Far Away: A Novel

by Meg Mitchell Moore
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So Far Away: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down. I read for three straight days, something I haven't managed to do in a very, VERY long time. Meg Mitchell Moore's So Fra Away has three main characters, a lonely older woman working in a library archive, a teenager who goes to the archive with hopes of figuring out her family tree, and the narrator of a 1925 journal that the teenager finds in her basement. Moore weaves together three seemingly disparate stories: cyber bullying, a mother whose daughter went missing almost twenty years ago, and the haunting regrets of a young Irish immigrant, and creates a layered novel full of tension and insight and beauty. A stellar second novel (Moore’s first novel is moving family drama The Arrivals) by an incredibly talented author. I can’t wait for her third!
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
Natalie Gallagher is a thirteen-year-old girl whose life seems to be falling apart. Her dad packed up his things and left, her mom can barely drag herself out of bed, and her onetime bff, Hannah Morgan, is now part of a group of kids who is cyber bulling her. When her English teacher assigns a project, Natalie decides to put her all into researching her family tree in hopes of standing out in a positive way. Kathleen Lynch works with the archives for Massachusetts. A widow who is haunted by her past, wishing she’d done things differently with her ‘missing’ daughter. Research for Natalie’s family tree is what brings the two together. Kathleen can’t help but see similarities between her estranged daughter Susannah and Natalie—but maybe she can save Natalie. In a search for answers, Natalie comes across an old journal of an Irish immigrant named, Bridgette. Bridgette's story seems so different than Kathleen and Natalie's. Bridgette works as a house keeper/nanny for a wealthy family in the 1920's. Yet it is her story that teaches Natalie and Kathleen timeless life lessons. Personally, I had no idea how all these different stories could possible come together, but let me just say wow. Just wow. Moore did an amazing job of tying everything together. I knew So Far Away was a book about cyber bulling, but the story is so much more than that. I had so much compassion for Natalie and I felt so awful for her. Her parents did nothing but frustrate me, especially her mother. Not only was I frustrated by her parents I could also appreciate there was much more to their story than Natalie was aware of. I think one of my favorite storylines was Neil; he was so under my radar through most of the novel. His character had a slow build. I really enjoy his personality and his relationship with Kathleen. I was very surprised at the end. I was literally cooking at the stove with the book in my hand! I didn’t want to stop reading! I was hooked from the very beginning. I wanted to know the story behind Susannah. I wanted to know all about Natalie and I wanted Natalie to be ok. I wanted Kathleen to be fulfilled and I just couldn’t put the book down. So Far Away is being added to my list of favorite books of the year!
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
I'm officially a fan of Meg Mitchell Moore. She weaves tales that put you on the emotional roller coaster with her vivid characters. There are lots of people in this story, but only two main characters whose perspectives we get. As the synopsis states, Nat is a very sad character, getting bullied (not just cyber) while her parents are going through a divorce. Kathleen has been a widower for many years. Her young adult daughter has been missing for a few years, since she ran away. Kathleen is a very sad character as well. She really wants to help Natalie; to have a second chance to do the right thing. The cyber aspect makes bullying so much worse than when we were kids. I could have screamed when her mother found out about it and her solution? Taking Nat's phone and computer away. Way to punish the victim, MOM! How does this resolve itself? You'll have to read. I will say I think Meg does a great job keeping her stories realistic.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
An interesting and new way to approach cyber bullying. The hot topic was a part of this novel, but not the sole center, which I appreciated. Natalie - a high school freshmen and Kathleen - a career woman who has lost both a daughter and a husband are an unlikely pair, but their relationship in this book was perfectly scripted. Without any chapters, this book was interesting as it switched focus between the characters with strategic spacing. Because the book switched between characters, the reader was able to get to know each character on their own turf, which made me fall in love with them in their own space. I loved that Kathleen was given the opportunity to help raise another teenager, it was so fitting that she have a second chance. At the same moment, I loved how Natalie was given another maternal figure to lean on until her mother was able to pull it together and re-enter her child's life. This book showed me once again that it definitely takes a village to raise a child - sometimes parents are inadequate or just not the answer to the problem that a child has, they may just need someone outside of the family to lean on through a difficult time. A great book that both showed the destruction of family, but the reconstruction of a different kind of family.
BeachRead245 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Book Sparks PR, Reagan Arthur Books, and Meg Mitchell Moore for the opportunity to review this book. Synopsis: Natalie is assigned a project by her teacher Mrs. Ramirez to do an independent project. Her teacher has left it a mystery as to what the students should do for this project. School has not been easy for her because of her former best friend Hannah cyber bullying. Natalie makes a discovery of a notebook which leads her to Kathleen Lynch a widower who works at the Archives in Boston, and is a widower. They work together on Natalie’s special project. Will their relationship grow? Will Natalie be able to solve her bullying problem? My Thoughts: Meg Mitchell Moore writes with much passion and emotion. I could definitely identify with her characters. She kept my interest throughout the book. I found her writing with relevant topics such as bullying, a child dealing with divorce, and feelings of loss. She vividly describes the feelings of the character and their surroundings. My only criticism is that the story was slow in places. I very much enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more from this author. Bullying was a main theme within this book. Who hasn’t experienced bullying while growing up? Cyber bullying is much more serious than just standing up to the bully. I have thought about what my reaction would be as a parent and how I handled it as a child. I feel that parents should be involved especially with the major damage to a child’s reputation. What do you think? Please stop by and let Meg know what you thought of her book.
Cian More than 1 year ago
I love when I'm reading a book that I just don't want the story to end. SO FAR AWAY was one of those books. I wish there'd be a sequel as the characters are forever with me. I really cared about them. Ms. Moore did a wonderful job with THE ARRIVALS but her second book was even greater. I applaud her!
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joanneAZ More than 1 year ago
this book could not catch my attention. i did not care about the the characters they did not "come to life" for me. the stories between the past and the present seemed disjointed. i finished reading it...but would not recommend as a good read.
mvaluri More than 1 year ago
The reviews that come up look like some teen age tweets that don't even pertain to the novel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems like this clan will die out. Not very many warriors are there. I am ShadowMoon, A tom of the Dark Forest. "The tom pads out of the shadows. His pure white pelt seems to draw in every light around him, making his pelt whiter. His black eyes have malice and hatred reflected in them. Wings of white blood burst from his back. Ten foot claws shine in the light of the claw-moon." And when this clan does die out, we Dark Forest cats will claim this territory. And theres nothing you can do to stop it. "He steps aside to let another cat walk in. She is the same as him but the opposite color and power" This is my mate ShadowAngel, the leader of the Dark Forest. (ShadowAngel: Hello. and good bye.