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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rgz Street Team: Vanessa Reviews Far From You by Lisa Schroeder

The rgz Street Team is a group of teens who bring YA reviews to our blog, led by Postergirl Miss Erin. Find out more.

Today, Vanessa reviews Far From You by Lisa Schroeder:

At first I was worried that Alice's tale would
be just another teen angst story, but written in captivating verse, Lisa Schroeder's words caught my attention right away. Alice, a normal girl with normal problems, felt amazingly real to me. Dealing with her father starting a new marriage after her mother's death, we saw Alice in her happy moments and sad moments. I was impressed that we even saw her traveling through the very same daydreams I have as she deals with her friend's surprising betrayal.

Any reader will be able to relate to Alice's universal feelings--of loneliness, and eventually hope, as well as a big capacity for bravery--once Alice's harrowing adventure through a blizzard takes shape. At the end of the book I couldn't help but wish for the opportunity to brush up next to some of the dangerous situations Alice had experienced, just so I could say I've done it! I highly recommend Far From You to anyone looking for a quick and exciting read.

9 comments:

Melissa Walker said...

Great review, Vanessa! I love that Alice inspired you to seek adventure!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thank you, Vanessa! I can't wait to read it, for certain.

Polo.Pony said...

Thanks for the review! It looks like a wonderful book! The cover is very pretty to!

Paradox said...

I read Far From You and enjoyed it. It was one of those books where I really felt for the main character. It was more about feelings than a detailed plot, but those feelings were strong!

Little Willow said...

I am looking forward to this book because it's Lisa's AND it has Alice in Wonderland references. Double yay.

holly cupala said...

This looks like such a good book. Thank you, Vanessa, for letting us know your thoughts!

Llehn said...

The book is now on my library list! Thanks!

Lesley

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