Review: Far From You

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 the love of 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…

–From Goodreads

Lisa Schroeder’s Far From You is a novel in verse that will appeal to even those teenagers who think they hate poetry. The writing is clear and fast-moving, with moments that will make you want to slow down and savor word by word. Alice is an angsty teenager, and for good reason. Her mother died from cancer and her father and stepmother are creating a new family, including a newborn baby. When Alice, her stepmother, and stepsister get stuck in a snowstorm without much food or gas, she must find a way to finally work with them instead of against them, possibly with the help of a visit from her mother.

I enjoyed watching Alice’s growth as she began to cope with her mother’s death and find herself accepting her new family; sometimes it takes one tragedy to move on from another. Whether or not you believe in angels, you will likely find yourself believing in the power of the human spirit to help overcome seemingly impossible odds.

Quotable Quotes from Far From You

“What I believe
is that life
is music and fabulous foliage,
but it’s also cancer and wars.That’s just how it is.
Maybe God could do better.
But shit, so could we. “


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