Far From You By Tess Sharpe

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Goodreads Synopsis:  Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.

That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.

Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?

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I wasn’t sure what to expect of this book when I got it from the library. I’d found a thread on twitter talking about books with bisexual main characters, and Far From You was on it.

Far From You is a moving book that will keep you guessing till the end of the story. It has great characters, and it’s also well written.  Our main character Sophie is relatable and sympathetic from the very beginning. It’s hard enough when people don’t believe you about little things. But when your parents, your hometown, everyone falsely believes you set up the drug deal that gets your best friend killed, that’s a whole another level. Despite this Sophie deals with it pretty well, she’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery and you see how strong of a character she is throughout.  I really liked the frankness of the book in talking about Sophie’s addiction, and I love how her aunt steps in to help her get clean. Honestly Sophie’s aunt is my favorite adult character in the book.

The story is not told linearly, which is really interesting and works really well, so it can show us the relationship between Sophie and Mina. It’s a heartbreaking story, fair warning, but it has it’s beautiful spots and I liked how it ends. The characters are complicated in all the right ways.

Even though Sophie is the one trying to figure out the mystery of her friend’s death, this is not done in a cliche, somehow a teenager is able to do all of this crazy shit way. Sophie has to have the help of friends and adults alike.

For me this book was an easy 4 stars. It kept me engaged from page 1 and the characters have real growth over the entirety of the story. I highly recommend it.

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