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* "Sharpe creat[es] a lacerating picture of grief and regret. ...The murder mystery is compelling, and its resolution serves as a reminder that love is irrevocably tied to loss and that few people get out of it unscathed."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

* "This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This romance is full of struggle and strong emotions, likely to find an appreciable YA audience."—School Library Journal

It doesn't seem to matter that when Mina died, seventeen-year-old Sophie Winters, Mina's best friend, had been clean for months or that it was Mina who dragged Sophie out to the woods in the middle of that fateful night. The cops have decided that the masked man who attacked Sophie and killed Mina was Sophie's dealer, that it was all just a drug deal gone wrong, and that Sophie should feel lucky to have just been shipped off to rehab and not juvie. Sophie, however, is intent on finding the real murderer, following up on a lead aspiring journalist Mina was pursuing for a story. Along the way, Sophie must come to terms with the car accident that led to her reliance on Oxycontin and with the fact that she and Mina had moved from best friends to lovers, a development that Mina insisted on keeping secret. Between Sophie's addiction, Mina's death, and their hidden affair, this could have easily veered off into melodrama, but Sharpe instead wrings the hurt out of each of these elements in slow but deliberate strokes, creating a lacerating picture of grief and regret. Through flashbacks, readers come to see that Sophie's addiction is not the result of one single moment but a series of decisions made in times of understandable pain, as unplanned as the romance the childhood friends find themselves falling into. Secondary characters are credibly nuanced, particularly Mina's older brother, whose attraction to Sophie is tangled up in his guilt about causing the car crash that left her in chronic pain. The murder mystery is compelling (and, thankfully, unconnected to Mina's sexuality), and its resolution serves as a reminder that love is irrevocably tied to loss and that few people get out of it unscathed. KQG—BCCB

This beautifully realized debut delves into the emotions of a girl recovering from drug addiction and grief, all wrapped up in a solid mystery. Sophie and Mina have been best friends since second grade. When they were 14, they were involved in a car accident that nearly killed Sophie, who became addicted to OxyContin during her recovery. Sophie has kicked her habit with the help of her bounty-hunter aunt and clings to each day that she stays clean. As the book opens, however, readers learn that Mina has been murdered. Since the murderer planted OxyContin in Sophie's pocket, everyone, including Sophie's mom and the police, believes that the girls were trying to buy drugs. Sophie knows the murderer will go free unless she uncovers a story that Mina was investigating for the local newspaper-but pursuing him will put her in grave danger. Sharpe writes in chapters alternating between scenes from the past and present as she moves the story forward. Within the mystery plot, she focuses mostly on Sophie's battle against drugs and against those who refuse to believe her-and on an emotional secret the two girls shared. She doesn't settle for simplistic, one-dimensional characters, giving each flaws and virtues, strengths and weaknesses, from Sophie's parents to her friends. An absorbing story full of depth and emotion. (Mystery. 14-18)—Kirkus

Gr 9 Up The day Sophie is released from rehab starts the "now" of this story, which alternates with flashbacks from the past. Readers learn that the teen has had two close calls with death, the first in a crippling car crash with her friend Mina and Mina's brother Trev. The second was when Mina was murdered in front of her in what is assumed to be a drug deal gone bad. Because Sophie is a recovering drug addict, even her parents don't believe her when she says that the murder has nothing to do with drugs, hence her stay in rehab. Now that she's free, Sophie is obsessed with finding Mina's killer. Somehow she must overcome everyone's belief that her relapse caused Mina's death and enlist help in solving the crime. The mystery is a major theme of the book, and the author gives no clues before the revelation. This kind of plot twist is sometimes successful, but here the ending is so out of left field that it lacks believability. As readers follow Sophie's sleuthing, they learn that Mina was more than just her best friend; she was also her first love. This romance is full of struggle and strong emotions, likely to find an appreciable YA audience. Genevieve Feldman, San Francisco Public Library—SLJ

Debut novelist Sharpe attempts a delicate balancing act between past and present in this murder mystery about secrets and truth. The story begins with the crime, which is then unraveled by our narrator, Sophie, as she describes how she got to the point where her best friend, Mina, was murdered. Sophie alternates between telling her current story and relating past events, starting with the car accident three years before, which ravaged her physically and led to an OxyContin addiction. It will not take the reader long to realize that Sophie and Mina were not only best friends but in love with each other; Sophie's heartbreak is as much about this as it is about Mina's death. Despite Sophie's eagerness to find the killer, the hunt for him feels a bit abandoned as past events are continually revisited and analyzed. Fortunately, Sharpe's writing is beautiful and her characters are fully realized, which should carry readers through to the book's sorrowful finale. - Kara Dean—Booklist

3Q 4P S Seventeen-year-old Sophie Winters has just survived an attack by a masked man in the woods; her best friend, Mina, was not so lucky. When police decide that Mina's murder is the result of a drug deal gone bad, fingers are pointed at Sophie. Sophie has been fighting an addiction to pain pills since an accident three years earlier, and although she has finally beaten the addiction, no one is willing to believe her. She is forced into rehab, and by the time she is released, people who were friends have turned their backs on her, including Mina's brother, Trev. When Sophie starts digging for the truth, more layers of mystery are uncovered, with additional characters and elements introduced. The last chapters answer most of the story's questions, including the true nature of Mina and Sophie's relationship and why Mina was murdered. Although high school teens may well be hooked into the story's murder mystery, which is introduced immediately, Sharpe's first novel seems to have a bit of an identity crisis, taking on too many angles for a single story. Elements of a love story, a love triangle, drug dependency and recovery, as well as additional subplots of a mysterious disappearance and pregnancy, are a great deal to untangle cleanly. Throw in a series of flashbacks from very different times in Sophie's life, and there are too many threads to weave smoothly. Themes and content make this most suitable for mature young adult readers.-Mary Ann Darby.—VOYA

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Born in a backwoods cabin to a pair of punk rockers, Tess Sharpe grew up in rural California. Following an internship with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, she studied theater at Southern Oregon University before abandoning the stage for the professional kitchen. She lives, writes, and bakes near the Oregon border. This is her first novel.

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Strong Debut Novel 8. April 2014
Von J Settles - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
This is a story about love, addiction, loss, friendship, and grief. Author Tess Sharpe takes all of these complex emotions and masterfully weaves them through this story which focuses on recovering addict Sophie Winters. Sophie's best friend was murdered in what everyone assumes was a drug deal gone wrong and blames Sophie even though she is 6 months sober. The police refuse to look for anyone besides a drug dealer so it falls to Sophie to uncover the true identity of the killer.

Far From You is more than a murder-mystery; it is a love story and a story about dealing with the loss of a loved one all at once. It is a great debut novel from Tess Sharpe, and I expect big things from her in the future.
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Absolutely Breathtaking - New Favorite of 2014 6. April 2014
Von Jess @ Such a Novel Idea - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

Do you ever start a book and almost immediately just know that it is going to change your life? It doesn’t happen very often, but really early in this book, I had already made up my mind that this book was going to rock my world. And it did, even more so than I predicted.

Reading a book is never the same experience. The mood, time of day, setting, music all can play a huge role in how a book attaches to your psyche. Sometimes the stars align to create a perfect experience, and one such time was reading Far From You. Pandora was playing all the perfect music for the scene, and the thunder was humming in the background, and I was just in this reading bubble of bliss and heartbreak.

Because this book is full of that. Heartbreak, not bliss. The bliss comes from experiencing something magical. Tess Sharpe not only has an amazing ability to write and tell a story, but she has the ability to tell it in a way that leaves you breathless and wanting more.

This book was not linear – we go from present day to past every other chapter. And while this normally might be confusing or break the flow of the book up, Sharpe did it perfectly. We first see Sophie right now — how she is handling the past and trying to move forward. And at the end of every scene, we are swept up in a memory, a time from before her best friend has died. The scenes are sometimes helpful to what we just learned in the plot, and other times they are the whisper of a memory you might have if you were Sophie. It really puts you in the mind of the main character in a way I have only experienced a few times.

And feelings — you will feel everything in this book. I was having a physical feeling of pain just a few pages into the book. My heart hurt and there were times when I had to just put down the book and take a moment to compose myself. It was just that emotional and raw.

The book is full of secrets and layers and messy and tangles. I don’t know how she did it, but Sharpe made a stand alone book a contemporary, mental health, romance, mystery, and thriller all in one and didn’t make it overdone or trite. Everything fits together like perfect puzzle pieces.

I knew the book had romance, but the way Sharpe chose to layer in that romance was incredible. I can’t talk about all the things I want to talk about, because you really just have to experience it for yourself as a reader. I loved the choices Sharpe made, especially in the end. It was bold, real, and honest — and sure she could have taken another, easier route, but it wouldn’t have made quite the impact. And really, I should have known, because her Twitter bio kind of says it all.

This is the book I’ve been looking for all year. The book that would grab me and not let go even when the pages were done. I read the entire thing in less than three hours, but it will stay with me for a long time. Far From You is now my favorite book of 2014, and even though it is April, I don’t think it will fall down the ranks very easily. Tess Sharpe — I hope you are out there knee deep in some new work in progress. Because this world will be a dimmer place without more of your words in it.

For this review and more, visit Such a Novel Idea.
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Debut Novel From Tess Sharpe Shines 11. April 2014
Von Kathryn Esplin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
I ordered this book a week before it was released, based on the excerpt I read. The words I had read kept ringing through my brain and I could barely wait for its release. The day it was released, Amazon delivered it to me at 1 a.m. on my Kindle, and I just had to peek. I read it right then and there, in one sitting.

What struck me when I read the excerpt and the book was Ms. Sharpe's voice. Dead on. No pun intended, but dead center for the world she writes about. This book is not a world of pretty, but of real. The characters are real, the voice is real.

Ms. Sharpe has immense talent. She's going places.

Writing real in a smooth voice that seamlessly sweeps the reader up into the author's world isn't easy. It's easy to overdo or underdo the voice just a smidge and oops -- verisimilitude falls right off the map. Voice that comes off as natural is a gift.

I loved the characters, the story and the gritty world -- this is the world we live in. It's not easy to paint characters with enough depth to enable the reader to feel as if she knows the characters. We see people like this in our lives.

Another test that a story is remarkable and well told is that the reader replays it in her mind over and over after she's read the book.

Tess Sharpe's "Far From You" has become part of my mental and emotional repertoire of scenes that replays itself as I go about my life.

I heartily recommend this debut novel. I could see this become a movie.
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Heartbreaking and Suspenseful! 8. April 2014
Von Kend77 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Sophie has recovered from a devastating accident with an addiction to pain killers. After spending months with her aunt, getting clean, she has returned home to her best friend Mina, and Mina's brother Trev. When Mina is murdered and drugs are found on the scene everyone is quick to believe Sophie is to blame. Forced into rehab by her parents, Sophie returns to find Mina's killer.

This story was heartbreaking and suspenseful! An unexpected love triangle adds complications and confusion for Sophie, who finds herself in danger from Mina's killer. I really enjoyed this story, its complications and suspense kept me reading late into the night.

*I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Wonderful, Inspiring Mystery 8. April 2014
Von Dii - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Have you ever been so abusive of the trust and belief in you that when you tell the truth, no one believes you? Sophie was severely injured in an automobile crash, her life is one of constant pain and she quickly becomes addicted to the medications she is given. After intense rehab, she is now clean, but when her best friend is murdered, it is assumed it was because they were on a drug run for Sophie. Sophie is unsure of what happened, but she is determined to uncover who killed Mina and why, in spite of everyone around her who have no trust left to give. Against all odds and feeling so alone and lost, Sophie stands strong, reliving the memories of life with her best friend, her first love. What would people say if they knew? Does it matter? They only expect the worst from her, and her fierce investigating, along with a couple of reluctant believers could get her killed as she zeroes in on the killer or killers.

Far From You by Tess Sharpe will have you on the edge of your seat, rooting for this damaged and lonely girl who cannot even feel comfort from her own parents. I have to question the phrase, benefit of doubt or innocent until proven guilty in the case of Sophie. NO one should have to feel this alone. Fortunately, Ms. Sharpe gave the “clean” Sophie enough integrity and sense of self to continue the search for justice for Mina. For a girl with so much baggage to carry, she is impressively strong.

Flashing between the past memories with Mina and the present, Sophie takes us on a painful journey through her heart and mind, her weakest moments and her strongest. Often dark, shrouded in the pain of loss, yet with memories of happy times, Tess Sharpe has created a memorable heroine who has beat the odds and silenced the screaming pain of her loss and her broken heart.

A wonderful and inspiring mystery filled with twists, turns and revelations that will take you aback.
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