Monday, November 15, 2010

Book Review + Book Giveaway: Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

Nely from All About {n} is hosting a Holiday Reading Challenge. For this challenge I've read one book so far. It's one that I actually heard about on Nely's blog. It's called Far From You and I actually have two copies, so one will go on my classroom shelves and one will go to one of you!


I was intrigued by this book because it is a novel told in verse. And the cover is pretty stunning.  I love reading poems and am trying to support novels in verse because I'm excited about the rising popularity of this genre. So, I decided to start this reading challenge by reading this book.

Far From You is the story of a teen girl girl who  lost her mother to cancer years ago. Just recently, though, her father is now remarried and his new wife is pregnant. It's all too soon for Alice.

Sometimes, Alice can be a tough character to feel close to. She is distant from her family, and doesn't want anything to do with her stepmother or the new baby. She does want to re-establish a relationship with her father, but seems to shut down whenever he's around. Of course, this makes her character all the more believable. And, I wanted to see her through to a less angry place. I had faith that she'd get there. But, I didn't know how.

On the way home after a Thanksgiving road trip, Alice, her stepmother, and the newborn baby find themselves stranded in a snowstorm. It is here, in the close quarters of the SUV that Alice's anger and frustration and sheer loss comes to a head. She and her stepmother, Victoria, have the inevitable fight but then move to a place of understanding. And, Alice gets to see Victoria, her new sister, and her mother in a whole new way. Once this trip is finished, Alice will never be the same.

I read this book in the space of a couple hours. It was riveting and so very quick. The verse format makes it possible to absolutely devour this book, but still feel connected to the characters. I was truly pulling for Alice by the end of the book. Which is not how I felt after I first met her.

So, I'm off to a great start in this Holiday Reading Challenge and I'm excited to see which one of you will win my extra copy of this book! To enter, please leave a comment about why you'd like to read this book. This contest is US only; but, I have other international contests coming soon!

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Good luck and Happiest of Holidays to all of YOU!

30 comments:

  1. What a lovely review! Thank you so much for the giveaway as well.

    I enjoyed Lisa's book, I Heart You, You Haunt me, so I have a feeling I'll enjoy this one too!

    +1 I'm an old follower

    Thanks!
    -Eleni
    lafemmereaders@yahoo.com

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Like Eleni i've also read I Heart you, You Haunt and i really liked it. Im pretty sure ill like this one especially because its in verse!

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    jessica b
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  3. This book sounds amazing- it's my kind of book too. I love books about hard, emotional topics and especially books in verse! Thanks so much!
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  4. I would love to read this book because I have never read a book written in verse before and it sounds amazing! Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  5. I read Chasing Brooklyn earlier this year and fell in love with Schroeder's work. I had always stayed away from verse thinking I wouldn't like it. Boy was I mistaken. Far From You was the second book that I read by Ms. Schroeder and now I am completely hooked. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I did.. (no need to enter me in the challenge). :D

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  6. Thanks for the review! I really want to read this because I haven't been able to read Lisa's work, but I have heard wonderful things about them that has gotten me excited.
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    Danna
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  7. Awesome giveaway!
    +1 I'm a follower
    bookwormoakes@yahoo.com

    Also, just wanted to let you know I gave you a blogger award! I did this before I saw this giveaway--I'm not trying to bribe, lol! Just wanted to pass on the award to one of my favorite bloggers!

    http://stephanieoakes.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-won-award-i-won-award.html

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  8. I want to read this because it sounds like it has the potential to be one of those special books that touches your heart, and because the cover is so gorgeous.

    +1 follower. Thanks so much!
    texas_gal45(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  9. Wow...sounds like an amazing book. I love realistic stories especially ones where the characters are full of emotions. Thanks for the review. I'd love to enter your giveaway!
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

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  10. I love YA lit. This sounds like a good one.
    bkhabel a gmail dot com
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  11. Chasing Brooklyn was one of my favs last year and Lisa's verse writing is beautiful, I would love to read this one....:D
    willowdust@gmail.com

    Lovely review!!

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  12. I really need to read a verse novel. This sounds lovely. I'll have to pick it up.
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    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  13. I really like reading novels in verse. I haven't read anything by his author yet, but this looks like a good book to start with.

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  14. I love Lisa Schroeder. I cannot wait to read another one by her. Just beautiful. Plus the cover is just gorgeous.

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  15. I'd love to give this book a shot because I've heard fabulous things about Lisa Schroder. Like you, I'm also intrigued by books that are told in verse!

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  16. I want to read it because the cover is beautiful, and I love reading novels in verse. I've heard great things about this author, and I'd love to have the chance to read this one!!

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  17. Told in verse, that sonds intereting, something a little bit different - shame I live in England and therefore can't enter your giveaway.

    I'm also taking part in this reading challenge so thought I'd stop by to say hello and to see what other bloggers are reading. Nice to have met you, enjoy the challenge.

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  18. OMG! The cover is beyond stunning! I'd be interested in reading because I haven't read many books told in verse that I actually like. But this one sounds really good.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. I entered the holiday reading challenge and I'm looking forward to starting it.

    missie at theunreadreader.com

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  19. Wow, this book sounds really good. I'd like to read it because my mother also died of cancer and my dad has also remarried and I have new siblings. Of course my experience is not the same as Alice's but it is one that I'd like to read for myself. thanks for the review and giveaway!

    Sarah
    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

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  20. I think this would be an excellent read and I would love to read it because I have never read this author or a book similar to this before.

    +1 follower!

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  21. great giveaway
    drakebdog@gmail.com
    book sounds great!

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  22. I'd like to read this book because your review intrigues me.

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    aikychien at yahoo dot com

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  23. great review. Id love to read it because I enjoy verse books they tell a story so differently
    kai charles
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  24. I would like to win this book because it sounds very intriguing. I haven't had the opportunity to read very many books written in prose, so this book peaks my interest.

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    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  25. I've never read anything by Lisa Schroeder, but I keep hearing all these wonderful things about her books! I would love to read this book, so I could find out for myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    qtarmywife@hotmail.com

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  26. The cover is really striking! The storyline sounds all to familiar with a few in my family. But the book I believe would be a fascinating read

    I follow you publicly via GFC-DanelleJohnson

    danellejohns at gmail dot com

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  27. Now that I have my reading for this challenge behind me, I am venturing out to see what others have read.

    Wow! This book sounds great. This is definitely going into my TBR!

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  28. Great review. ;) I'm really excited to see how this one goes.

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  29. This book sounds amazing ! I realy want to read it :)

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