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Why in 5: Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You by Tess Sharpe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: investigation, mystery, friendship, secrets, LGBTQ Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Back from an unnecessary stint in rehab after her best friend’s murder is labeled “a drug […]

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June 1, 2014 - 5:12 am

Judith - My favorite part of this book is, hands down, the romance. I love love love reading LGBTQ books, because diverse books FTW, and this one was just amazingly done. Furthermore, I think Tess Sharpe’s writing was beautiful and I can’t wait to read more from her. Interestingly enough, I didn’t like the timeline. It confused me SO MUCH at first, and once I got used to it, I still didn’t really like it. That just doesn’t always work for me, I guess.

May 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WHAT. I love carefully crafted timelines and a really good YA thriller? You know I am ALWAYS looking for those! I’ve heard a few good things about this so looks like I need to add this one to my list too!

May 22, 2014 - 7:34 am

Leah - I keep hearing such fantastic things about this book, but something kept me from paying attention (the cover maybe? I feel like it looks similar to a cover of a book that had crappy reviews..)

This sounds like such a Leah book: complicated love, kickass female lead, thriller – last year I was on a HUGE YA Thriller kick and I’m craving more! I really have no idea why I’ve been dragging my feet for so long. This is definitely a book I could get into!

May 20, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Ellice - I think we discussed this book on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and I STILL haven’t read it. I have it on my Kindle, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’m very curious! You know how much I adore How to Love, so just the fact that Far From You has one tiny little thing in common with it makes me want to read it even more 🙂

I love the name “Why in 5.” You ladies always have the best ideas for features or review styles on this blog!

May 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Summer - I have no idea why, but I remember skimming the synopsis and cover and going, “Eh, maybe someday.” Now, after reading this, I WANT IT SO BAD. I love those types of writing styles and timelines where you’re given it piece by piece. It makes for a really interesting read.

May 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Yay I’m glad you weren’t disappointed! Definitely agree that she did the alternating time lines very well, it reminded me of Dangerous Girls a lot in that respect. It is a risky move doing alternating time lines like this because it can go very wrong but I think this is probably one of the best examples of it done well that I’ve seen.

This story had SO MUCH going on that it should have been a complete mess, yet somehow it wasn’t.

May 19, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Very interesting! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while – I even have a copy – but had no clue what it was really about. Other than the short blurb. I think is the push I needed to make a point to give this one a try! Glad you liked it so much!

May 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

Alexa S. - I’m thrilled you enjoyed Far From You! It’s seriously a really great debut. I loved how deeply drawn into the story I was, and how I didn’t figure out anything at all until the end!

May 19, 2014 - 10:38 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about Far From You for awhile now. I just went to the Rochester Teen Book Festival and I heard Tess Sharpe speak, and I got even more excited for Far From You. I’m glad you liked this, and I definitely need to read this.

Also, if you do like YA thrillers, have you even read or looked into I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga? That is a great thriller, but it is definitely dark and even a bit spooky. I loved it and the sequel though.

May 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

Carly - I have had this book on my to-read list for a while now! I keep checking my library to see if they have it in e-book format yet! I think I might also look into Dangerous Girls as well!

Attention Attention: Sorta Like a Rock Star

Clothes. Nail polish. Books. What do these three things have in common? They are my greatest vices! I buy them and buy them and buy them and have created such a collection of new merchandise that I have yet to wear, use, or read that things are getting a little ridiculous. This year, I’ve tried […]

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February 6, 2015 - 8:14 am

Sorta Like a Love Story | Pairing Books and Beer | Pub Date - […] Amber’s heart is SO SO SO big. This is why she is my book valentine. (If you need more convincing, I wrote a little bit about the book last year.) […]

November 11, 2014 - 9:00 am

Amy Spalding & Ink is Thicker Than Water | YA Lit - […] of my RBR goals before the end of the year was to get another ATTENTION, ATTENTION post in. I’m so glad I made this a priority because it gave me a chance to 1) read one of the […]

June 1, 2014 - 4:49 am

Judith - You know I bought this a while ago because you said it was amazing, but now that I read this I really want to read it NOW (damn review copies!) because it sounds amazing. I can’t wait to meet Amber and read such a hopeful book. (Speaking of which, did you know If You Find Me is very hopeful? 😉

May 17, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Rebecca @ Reading Wishes - I’d seen this at the library many times before and picked it up at my last visit, remembering how much you’d loved it! Looking forward to reading it soon, hopefully I enjoy it as much as you did 🙂

April 27, 2014 - 6:03 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I really love the three lessons you included at the end of your review. But I can’t lie – being called your unofficial life coach was totally my favorite part of this post! I’ve been so impressed by your book buying ban AND your focus on backlist titles already on your bookshelf. I need to follow your lead and do that too!

April 11, 2014 - 9:32 pm

Alexa S. - I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK NOW. Thanks, E! (And I say that with equal parts love and amusement.) It sounds fantastic! And it also sounds like a story I would really like too 🙂

April 11, 2014 - 5:00 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - You made me want to read this again! Even though I am not a god person I loved Amber’s honest, real faith in god. Oh and the Korean singers, I really loved them. I hope you’ve convinced more people to read this because it’s so good!

April 9, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Jamie - SOLD. I am stingy with 5 stars like you and we have similar taste soooooo this is a no brainer especially since I loved FMLP! DAMN YOU, ESTELLE.

April 9, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Christianna - I just bought myself a copy!

April 9, 2014 - 10:03 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Yay for hidden gems! There’s really nothing quite like them. This one sounds really great; I love a lot of these themes in books and it sounds like these are really well done. I’ll have to give it a try!