Saturday, August 18, 2012

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

Far from YouGenre: Young Adult-Poetry                                             Source: Library
Series: No, Standalone Verse Novel
Challenge: Free Reads
Lost and alone...down the rabbit hole.

Years h
ave 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....

     I've read two of Lisa's books before (I Heart You, You Haunt MeI and The Day Before) and loved both of them!  So, I had high expectations for Far From You and luckily it didn't let me down!
     I really loved Alice's character.  She was strong, stubborn, and broken.  I thought that she was almost inspiring considering the fact that she always stood her ground.  I was really able to connect with her and I felt sorry for her because of her predicament.  I also thought that Blaze was a strong character as well and I enjoyed reading about their relationship.  Speaking of relationships, Far From You is heavily based on relationships between the characters and that's really where most of the plot line comes from.  Alice's father wasn't very supportive of her and I didn't really like him until the end.  Victoria was a bit too whiney and emotional during the first half of the book, but was definitely easier to tolerate during the snowstorm and I grew to like her.  
     The summary on the back of the library copy was different then the one shown above, so I found mine to be a bit misleading.  It made the whole story seem a bit slow, so I recommend going by the summary pictured above.  
     I really liked reading about Alice's songwriting and playing her guitar because I can relate to her.  I also liked her song lyrics.  Lisa Schroeder also did a great job with the feud between Claire and Alice.  It was very easy for anyone to relate to.  
     Lisa's writing is just as spectacular as usual in Far From You.  This book is written in poetry so it can be finished really quickly, but will still leave you with that "I-just-finished-an-amazing-book" feeling and will make you think.  I recommend reading it in the winter, but I enjoyed it in the summer just the same! 

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  1. Excellent review. I hope it's OK if I link to it from this week.


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