Book Review: Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer

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)

Share Your World – A First Attempt

041514 sywbannerI have been reading the Share Your World posts across the blogosphere for years now. Each week for this challenge, Cee poses a few questions which bloggers answer. The challenge is an interesting way to get to know a person. This morning, I thought I would write a response and see how my readers enjoy it. Let me know what you think – I know that I enjoy reading the responses  of a number of bloggers I follow.

Are you a practical jokester?

I am not one to make practical jokes. The only time I ever remember doing so was when my sisters and I, as kids, would try to trick our parents on April Fool’s day. I do enjoy a good joke, though, as long as it does no physical or emotional harm to a person.

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional.

While growing up, my mom always cut my hair. She had been trained in the art of cutting hair and we were lucky that she used her skills in shaping and styling our locks. Now that I no longer live in the same city as her, I have tried many hairdressers until I have found one who follows my instructions, and does a good job cutting my hair at every visit.

Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind?

I do not recall having one. This is something I would have to speak about with my mom but if I did have one, I am sure it would have been mentioned by now (especially as my children had a favourite they carried around with them everywhere).

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

This past week I tried to find a place for all the books I received when I went to the Ontario Library Association’s Super Conference. Looking at the copies, I could not help but smile as they reminded me of what a super day I had. In the end, I placed them in every available place I have on my bookshelf. My shelves no longer look neat, but my aim is to read the books on them and then pass them onto someone (with the exception of those copies I would enjoy reading again).

Did you enjoy reading my responses to Cee’s questions this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Cee’s Share Your World weekly challenge).