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Far From You by Tess SharpeFar From You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You is a contemporary realistic fiction novel, with a thriller twist. It takes place in California in a small town. It is set in the current time period, but also has flashbacks going back varying amounts of years. The atmosphere of this novel is dark and there are not very many lighthearted moments. Tess Sharpe does a fantastic job jumping back and forth between the past and present; the reader is never confused as to when what they are reading is occurring. This novel is a great combination of relatable and edge of your seat. I could not stop reading!

I think the characters, especially the main character Sophie, are relatable. Though she is going through things that not everyone has gone through (drug addiction, questioning her sexuality), her journey and emotions are something everyone can relate to in one way or another. Sophie grows immensely through this novel and reading her whole journey really endears the character to the reader. I was not a fan of Mina, as she was not the best friend, or girlfriend, to Sophie.  She cared about Sophie, but did a lot of thing for her own gain. All the other characters were well written and did not feel out of place, everyone played their role perfectly.

The book flowed very well, even with the flashbacks. When you would get to something in the current timeline that you did not know about, the next section would be a flashback answering your question. Everything moved smoothly and kept my attention the whole time. I finished the one in a day.

I liked this novel because it shows a character that’s not necessarily questioning her sexuality, but wondering how she can tell everyone who she is. That is something everyone struggles with, who am I and how do I share it with the world? Most of the GLBT books that I have read have had a main character that is questioning their feelings for a member of the same sex, but this was refreshing in that Sophie is wondering what to do with the fact that she loves girls and boys. I also liked the author’s story of how it is not only drugs or alcohol that can be addicting and can bring you down. Relationships are a huge part of our lives and until you go through a difficult one, you may not see its effect on you. Tess Sharpe shows how not everything you think you love might be good for you, but how to find what is.

This is Tess Sharpe’s first novel.