Here So Far Away

Here So Far Away

Award-winning author Hadley Dyer’s YA debut is smart, snarky, and emotionally gripping, about a rebellious cop’s daughter who falls in love with an older man, loses her best friend, and battles depression, all while trying to survive her last year of high school. Feisty and fearless George Warren (given name: Frances, but no one calls her that) has never let life get too...

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Title:Here So Far Away
Author:Hadley Dyer
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Here So Far Away Reviews

  • Laura D

    This book destroyed me. I could tell it was going to be a book that needed Kleenex nearby but I didn't see the particular event coming and it was written so that it hit you hard.

    I know a lot of people have a problem with the age difference but big age differences never effect me. One of the reasons is probably that I found George so relatable and her whole thought process and feelings surrounding Francis and that situation and her friends. For some people her attitude to plan her future so it w

    This book destroyed me. I could tell it was going to be a book that needed Kleenex nearby but I didn't see the particular event coming and it was written so that it hit you hard.

    I know a lot of people have a problem with the age difference but big age differences never effect me. One of the reasons is probably that I found George so relatable and her whole thought process and feelings surrounding Francis and that situation and her friends. For some people her attitude to plan her future so it would fit with him was stupid or unreal. But to me it seemed very real and relatable. I was rooting for George and Francis even though I had this hollow feeling that something was going to stop them. And the aftermath with George was so heartbreaking.

    I'll definitely read this again. Some of the jokes/banter flew right over my head and I didn't understand them until several pages later but I didn't feel this took away from the book. If anything it will make a re-read better.

  • Jeweliana

    Do you ever want to hate a book but can't, no matter how hard you try? Yeah, that's me rn. While I don't think this is a good book for teen girls, I did enjoy it. I don't like the romanticizing of relationships between adults and teens but George is a relatable narrator who keeps you entertained.

    It's a slow burn. For the first half of the bo

    Do you ever want to hate a book but can't, no matter how hard you try? Yeah, that's me rn. While I don't think this is a good book for teen girls, I did enjoy it. I don't like the romanticizing of relationships between adults and teens but George is a relatable narrator who keeps you entertained.

    It's a slow burn. For the first half of the book, nothing's going on with the love story. It's centered around George and her friends' drama. It's mildly interesting but there's so many of them that it's often confusing who's beefing with who.

    Given the sensitive subject, I did like the ending--to an extent.

    The story glossed over the fact that their relationship was, to put it bluntly, gross. I get that the author doesn't want to beat the reader over the head with morality but YA is for teens. What exactly is this story saying to them?

    I want to start with

    . The black friend who was the only black kid in school and who is consistently mentioned but

    appears in the story. Why? WTF even is this? Clear tokenism but the token doesn't even really get to be in the book. I'm removing a star for this unnecessary tomfoolery.

    wasn't bad. She was a hypocrite who started a lot of drama for no reason but that felt real for high school.

    . 30 year old man dating a high schooler. That should be enough but I'll say more. Despite the fact that he's hooking up with a 17yo girl, it's written like he's got his hands up the whole time going "I didn't want any of this!" while still engaging in "this".

    were a nice subplot but I didn't feel any were fleshed out as well as Lisa. Too many kids in this group.

    was done perfectly. Her dad missing a leg, her mom being June Cleaver, Matty and his dorkiness. They were a cute family with a lot of complexities to unpack.

    was another one of my favorites. I enjoyed the way he and George seemed to understand each other without saying much. She should have dated him if she had a thing for older men. Jus sayin...

    This was the best part of the reading experience. I might not have enjoyed

    she was writing all the time, but the story is easy to read with really beautiful descriptions. The dialogue felt very natural, too.

    Morality aside, sure, I'd recommend this one if you like coming of age stories, small towns and quirky families. It's a strange read because you want to root against these characters but then...well, they get to you.

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  • Red_Queen_Lover

    I sobbed 😭😭😭😭

    I haven't cried this hard for a book in a while 😖😪

    RTC

  • Melissa

    3 out of 5 stars

  • Brenda Ayala

    George is probably the first ever YA protagonist that I’ve been able to connect with. She’s almost ten years younger than me at the beginning of the novel, but I still remember what it was like to be a teenager and I am amazed that I finally found a character to connect with.

    George is called the Enforcer in her group of friends, because she’s the muscle. Nothing fazes her; some boys call her a slut because she had sex, a girl gets catty because she’s upset her boyfriend gives George attention. T

    George is probably the first ever YA protagonist that I’ve been able to connect with. She’s almost ten years younger than me at the beginning of the novel, but I still remember what it was like to be a teenager and I am amazed that I finally found a character to connect with.

    George is called the Enforcer in her group of friends, because she’s the muscle. Nothing fazes her; some boys call her a slut because she had sex, a girl gets catty because she’s upset her boyfriend gives George attention. These are things that would have broken any other protagonist and made her get all humiliated and bright red in the face, and then sullenly hide somewhere. Not George. She kept her head high, dismissed them as unimportant, and moved on with her life.

    My current friends call me BrenDad, because I am no-nonsense when it comes to safety or bullying. A guy is trying to grab my friend’s ass, or someone is trying to fight our friend, or a friend is just too drunk and wanders away. I won’t stand for it, and my friends love me for it but also like to tell me I’m scary as hell sometimes. George seemed precisely how I was at 16. Faking the confidence until I actually had it, not being swayed by cattiness or bullying. I wish this girl was real (although the timeline of the book would dictate that she be several years older than me).

    I think the ending with George and Francis was a little bit too neat, tied up in a pretty bow. Of COURSE it ended that way, because that’s the cleanest ending we could have hoped for. George has royally screwed up in some departments, too, which made me like her less. She wouldn’t just suck it up and apologize to Lisa for what she said, and it made her age that much more obvious. No one fights quite like a teenage girl can, and she seemed very young during that whole exchange.

    George reminded me of my younger days, I (surprisingly) enjoyed the romance aspect, and I loved that this was a group of kids who smoked weed sometimes and drank. Not all of us were angels growing up, okay!? Just because I love books doesn’t mean I don’t go out and do raucous things! The story was a tiny bit flimsy—okay, a lot flimsy—but I enjoyed George so much that it offset all the negatives.

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)

    The first two parts of this book were great. I was into the story, I was reading at a decent pace...and then the third and final part started. I wasn't expecting the story to swing in that direction and it felt a little like a cop-out in my opinion.

  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)

    I have such mixed feelings about this one. It's not that I didn't like it, but it's a case of I thought I would like it so much more.

    • I didn't relate to any of the characters. That created a distance between me and the story and I was never fully invested.

    • In particular, I could not relate to main character George. She seemed to shun intimacy and mocked others for any show of genuine emotion. She had this sarcastic veneer and the glimpses beyond that were too infrequent for me. Plus, it starte

    I have such mixed feelings about this one. It's not that I didn't like it, but it's a case of I thought I would like it so much more.

    • I didn't relate to any of the characters. That created a distance between me and the story and I was never fully invested.

    • In particular, I could not relate to main character George. She seemed to shun intimacy and mocked others for any show of genuine emotion. She had this sarcastic veneer and the glimpses beyond that were too infrequent for me. Plus, it started to feel like her life was one bad decision after another.

    • I wasn't sold on the romantic relationship. I liked the conversations between George and Francis. I liked that George had someone who challenged her. But I never felt an actual romantic connection, so when 'I love you's' were exchanged I actually stopped and thought

    • I liked George's friend group. Their interactions, the arguments, the taking sides, the coming back together... it all felt realistic. (Although I'm left wondering what purpose Sid served... ?)

    • The family issues. I don't even know what to say. I wanted to smack both her parents most of the time.

    • Rupert was a great secondary character. Really liked Rupert and I especially liked how both George and Francis looked out for him (and Shaggy the pig).

    • Francis remained an enigma. I never felt I knew him at all. Maybe that was intentional, maybe not. But I never really understood his motivations, his real feelings, or his real intentions.

    • Overall, I was left feeling rather underwhelmed. George made plenty of bad/questionable choices (Joshua, the drinking/drug use, Francis, the lying/covering up) and at the end I wasn't sure of how much growth or change had really occurred.

  • Jasprit

    Lately I've been going into books without re-reading the summary of the book, I've been finding that I've been able to get into a book much more this way, and I like the process of figuring things out as they come along. So, you could say I was intrigued with the unravelling of George's life in Here So Far Away, from her dad having his leg amputated and not sure if he could go back to his job as a police sergeant, to George and her friends drifting away from what used to be a tight knit friendsh

    Lately I've been going into books without re-reading the summary of the book, I've been finding that I've been able to get into a book much more this way, and I like the process of figuring things out as they come along. So, you could say I was intrigued with the unravelling of George's life in Here So Far Away, from her dad having his leg amputated and not sure if he could go back to his job as a police sergeant, to George and her friends drifting away from what used to be a tight knit friendship and to her falling for someone she never expected. It was a lot for George to deal with especially as she didn't really feel that she had anyone she could confide in with her feelings for this guy, and to top it off, when things came into light later on, it was clear that George really couldn't tell anyone with both of them potentially getting into trouble. The time spent with this romantic interest, I really enjoyed, I know people may question how George could fall so hard and fast for him, but for me both of their feelings appeared truly genuine. Also with the obstacles in the way, it would seem the right thing to do would be to break things off, but despite attempting to, it wasn't always possible. One of the reasons for my low rating for this book, is that I felt as if I didn't really get the emotional depth and impact from the story that I would have expected. Several major things happened in George's life, one which even though I didn't see coming, I felt as if I wasn't left as reeling as I would have expected, which is a real shame as I felt this book had the potential to be a great read for me. This aside, I'm sure other readers will go on and enjoy this book a lot more than I did.

  • Sara (sarabara081)

    DNF around 23% in. I just can't connect with the characters or story, which is a huge bummer since it has an interesting premise.

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