Book Review: Far From You7:00 PM
As some of you guys already know, I'm currently working on a couple verse novels. So, I've been reading a ton of books from authors familiar with writing in verse. Mainly, Ellen Hopkins and Lisa Schroeder.
Before starting my project, I hadn't heard of Lisa Schroeder's work before; however, after doing my research, it soon became clear that she was definitely an author that I needed to check out! So, what did I do? I made my way over to Amazon and ordered four of her verse novels: I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Far From You, Chasing Brooklyn, and The Day Before.
Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.
Years have passed since Alice lost her mother to cancer, but time hasn't quite healed the wound. Alice copes the best she can by writing her music, losing herself in her love for her boyfriend, and distancing herself from her father and his new wife.
But when a deadly snowstorm traps Alice with her stepmother and newborn half sister, she'll face issues she's been avoiding for too long. As Alice looks to the heavens for guidance, she discovers something wonderful.
Perhaps she's not so alone after all....
After reading Lisa's I Heart You, You Haunt Me, I couldn't wait to get my hands on another one of her novels! In fact, I read Far From You and I Heart You, You Haunt Me in the same day!
Normally I don't read two books in one day, but I wasn't feeling well and I decided to curl up in bed with the second one. I originally planned to only read a little bit, in hopes of tiring myself out, but I ended up finishing the entire book before bed!
With that being said, I didn't exactly give myself the time to take notes. I was so interested in the book that I read it from beginning to end without any distractions. I didn't once get up to go to the bathroom or even get something to drink. I simply flipped from page to page, wanting to know what happened next. I literally couldn't put the book down!
I have to admit though, the beginning of the book did throw me off a little bit. The book is organized into three parts, but there are a couple poems before part one. Personally, I didn't think that was really necessary. However, I still enjoyed them.
There were a couple dislikes that I previously noted in my review of I Heart You, You Haunt Me and unfortunately, one of them played a part in Far From You as well. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the font used for the titles. It can be hard to read at times, especially when capital letters are involved. Luckily though, this book didn't use as many capital letters in the titles as the last one did.
As for the story line, I found it very intriguing. In most verse novels, there aren't too many twists and turns compared to the usual prose novel, but Lisa definitely had a few tricks up her sleeve! Far from You didn't just have great character development, but a great story line as well!
I think the character development was my favorite part though! I found it very easy to relate to Alice and I loved hearing her story. Lisa was able to discuss some major topics in this novel and I think that is what made her characters seem so real. Almost everyone has to struggle with grief, religion, relationships, and sex, at some point during their lives. So, I think that anyone at any age could find a character to relate to in this book!
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book! I loved the characters and the storyline and I think you guys will too! Plus, there's a character with the same name as me :)
If you're interested in purchasing this book, you can find it here.
Have you read Far From Me? I would love to hear what you thought about it in the comments!
* This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for a review. However, all opinions and comments in this review are 100% my own. *
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