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Here So Far Away

by Hadley Dyer

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list price: $17.99 USD
edition:Hardcover
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published: March 2018
ISBN:9780062473172
publisher: HarperCollins
imprint: HarperTeen
Description

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 serious. Now that she’s about to be a senior, her plans include partying with her tight-knit group of friends and then getting the heck out of town after graduation.

But instead of owning her last year of high school, a fight with her best friend puts her on the outs of their social circle.  If that weren’t bad enough, George’s family has been facing hard times since her father, a police sergeant, got injured and might not be able to return to work, which puts George’s college plans in jeopardy.

So when George meets Francis, an older guy who shares her name and her affinity for sarcastic banter, she’s thrown. If she lets herself, she’ll fall recklessly, hopelessly in love. But because of Francis’s age, she tells no one—and ends up losing almost everything, including herself.

This is a gorgeous, atmospheric, and gut-wrenching novel that readers won’t soon forget.

About the Author

Hadley Dyer is the award-winning author of Here So Far Away and Johnny Kellock Died Today, among other books for children and young adults. She worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years. To learn more about her, visit her online at www.hadleydyer.com.

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
14 to 100
Grade:
9 to 17
Editorial Reviews

“A gorgeous read, so wonder-full of surprises.”

— Tim Wynne-Jones, award-winning author of <em>Blink & Caution</em>

“A sad, funny, heartbreaking, and beautiful book.”

— Margo Rabb, author of <em>Kissing in America</em>

“A refreshing and engrossing tale about an illicit romance, sure to be a page-turner for teens. The voices are authentic and witty — hats off to Dyer.”

— Susan Nielsen, author of <em>We Are All Made of Molecules</em>

“A deeply felt romance constructed with equal respect to both sides, this love story is bittersweet like a Joseph Monniger novel, and equally hard to forget.”

— School Library Journal

“With unpredictable plot twists and an entertaining streak of sarcasm, Dyer explores the blurred lines between right and wrong and the risks and dangers of an all-encompassing love.”

— ALA Booklist

“A lush, romantic tale of star-crossed lovers. Dyer depicts first passion and love with a precise, delicate hand. Robust in wisdom and sparkling word play, this is a thoroughly satisfying read.”

— <em>The Toronto Star</em>

“Empathetic, comforting, and wise. A story about forbidden love. Poetic realism at its finest.”

— <em>The Globe and Mail</em>

“Evocative and literary.”

— Kirkus Reviews

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YA with a punch!

Here So Far Away is written by award winning YA author Hadley Dyer. The novel is set in the early 1990’s and is centered around George (she goes by her middle name), a typical misunderstood teenager just trying to escape her mundane existence. She is living in a small town “where bean sprouts were still considered an ethnic food” and is itching to graduate and leave town, and to not end up like her parents. The precious edge of adulthood just around the corner, George is often misunderstood, lonely and isolated by her too earnest nature. She ends up driving most of her friends away, subsequently falling for an older guy who moves to town, someone who she believes “gets her” even as she pretends to be years older than her age. She imagines herself as an adult having grown up conversations where she doesn’t mispronounce words, a time where everything is better, just by being with him. George has to learn who she is and how to stand on her own feet. We read as she experiences her first pangs of love, how to balance this newfound feeling with friendship, and the loss of friends you thought you knew. The story has many layers, including her depressed and injured father, a lovely friendship with an elderly man, and a sweet brother with an adorable Victorian disposition. The novel can be heavy at times and might be best suited for older teenagers or adults.

Dyer writes with an authentic voice, like she has captured the very tortured soul of being a teenage girl, deep with distraught when everything feels so helpless. Her characters are real and occasionally shocking with their cattiness and self-hatred. Any reader can relate to the yearning to just be different, to just grow up, to finally escape the mundanity of adolescence.

The writing is often very witty, yet Dyer goes for the jugular and in the end creates a heartbreaking novel dealing with secrets, loss, and the mess that arises from not living truthfully.

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