FAR FROM YOU by Lisa Schroeder

July 21, 2010 5 flames 9

Author: Lisa Schroeder

  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; 1 edition (January 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416975071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416975076


Lost and alone down the rabbit hole. 

Alice thought she knew
what solitude was:
Her mother—gone
Her father—remarried with a newborn
in the icy embrace
of a deadly snowstorm
Alice faces the true meaning of loneliness.
But hope
may not be as far away
as she thinks….


I am not a big fan of books written in verse.  I have a hard time finding authors who can pull it off without the plot getting jumbled.  However, as I started to read this book, I fell in love with this style of writing.

The author pulled a rabbit out of her hat and let the plot flow gracefully.  I enjoyed the characters and the author was able to tell her story through verse without the confusion that is sometimes found with verse.  I loved the journey that Alice is involved in.  I loved how she acted like a normal teenager with real problems.  I could understand how she felt about having a stepmother and new sister on the way.  You could actually feel the hurt and abandonment that Alice feels through the words on the page.

Then when they get stuck in the storm, Alice has a moment where everything becomes clear and has a new outlook on everything.  She can see the actual person behind the role of stepmother and shocks herself in her discovery.  Everything the author writes in this book is perfect. She was able to impress me with the writing style of verse.  A rabbit hole that I am glad to have fallen into and joined on the adventure.


Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf
For Rereading! 5 STARS

9 Responses to “FAR FROM YOU by Lisa Schroeder”

  1. Trillian

    I don’t usually like books written in verse either but after reading Chasing Brooklyn by the same author I will definitely be reading this one at some point.

    Thanks for sharing a great review!

  2. Candace

    I’m with Angel, I love all her books and I don’t think it’s possible for her to write a bad book! Great review and I’m glad you loved it!

  3. Marce

    I am glad Lisa Schroeder was my first try reading in Verse, I have read this and another one of hers, LOVED BOTH. I do want to try more because I was so blown away by her.

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