Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer was one of the book proofs I received when I went to the OLA (Ontario Library Association) Super Conference at the beginning of the year. This YA novel centres on George Warren (given name Frances) who is in her senior year of high school. Instead of owning her last year of school, George gets into a big fight with her best friend; a fight which creates an irreparable rift in their social circle. In addition, George’s family has fallen on hard times since her father got injured – and there is no guarantee that he will be able to return to work. George then meets Francis, an older guy who shares her name and affinity for sarcastic banter. She lets herself fall hopelessly in love. But, because of Francis’s age, she tells no one.
The novel describes a young girl’s first encounter not only with love; but also how her relationships with her family and friends are affected by her seemingly hopeless attraction to an older man. Dyer shares George’s story with sensitivity and care. As the reader, I came to care for George and understood why she was drawn to a person that she should have avoided. The well written sentences in the novel kept me interested in the story right up until the unexpected ending.
I enjoyed this novel and would recommend this read for those who enjoy reading love stories – though this novel is not the traditional type of romance story. Even though the book is listed as a YA novel, the subject matter would be enjoyed by older women.
Do you enjoy reading love stories?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 20th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)