Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

From Goodreads:
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...


Verse novels are still a new experience for me but they are fast becoming something of an addiction. After reading this one I want to get my hands on as many as I can and preferably all of those written by the rather talented Lisa Schroeder.

Far From You is the story of Alice's journey after the death of her mother. Time has passed and her father has remarried and now has a baby daughter. Alice is finding it hard to accept all the change and is not connecting to her new family. But when she finds herself trapped in a snow storm she begins to re-evaluate what it is she holds dear.

I loved Far From You. I am still in awe of how much story and characterisation is fitted within the pages. Although it felt such a quick read - it also feels as if I have just finished a much longer book. So much detail and emotion is included in the choice of words that it feels very powerful.

I loved Alice and could completely understand her reluctance to accept the changes within her family structure. It must be extremely hard to reconcile letting someone new into your life while still honouring those who have gone without feeling as if you are forgetting them. I also really enjoyed the story lines involving her friend Claire and her boyfriend Blaze. I really adored Blaze and thought he was a great match for Alice.

The story had a great pace and I really felt the tension when the snow storm hit. I really wasn't sure if this would end happily or not - I'll let you find out for yourselves - and I loved the slight supernatural element. I was left with the impression it could have been real or it could have been Alice's imagination/subconscious. You are left to make that decision and I really enjoyed that element to the story.

I can't wait to read more books by Lisa Schroeder and more verse novels in general. If you haven't tried one yet I would definitely recommend you do. You might be pleasantly surprised and it could open up a whole new reading experience. It certainly has for me.

6 comments:

Trillian said...

I don't usually read a lot of verse books but after reading Chasing Brooklyn by the same author, I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for sharing.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm a bit iffy on verse novels but I enjoyed Lisa's first book so I think I'll give this a go. You obviously loved it!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Sounds lovely!

Clover said...

Oh I adore verse novels, they do pack so much emotion in a small amount of space. I'm really looking forward to this one, thanks for the great review!

Becky said...

I have a simple question. Would I like this? I mean I haven't tried a verse novel so would this be a good place for me (you know my tastes) to start?

I Want To Read That said...

Becky - Yes I think you would like it. I really didn't think I would like verse novels until I tried I Heart You, You Haunt Me by the same author and was just completely surprised by how much I loved it. I enjoyed this one even more! I think either would be a good place to start:)

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