Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer

Here So Far Away

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 par...

Details Here So Far Away

TitleHere So Far Away
Release DateMar 20th, 2018
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews Here So Far Away

  • Jasprit
    Lately I've been going into books without re-reading the summary of the book, I've been finding that I've been able to get into a book much more this way, and I like the process of figuring things out as they come along. So, you could say I was intrigued with the unravelling of George's life in Here So Far Away, from her dad having his leg amputated and not sure if he could go back to his job as a police sergeant, to George and her friends drifti...
  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    #readEHthon Book #2The first two parts of this book were great. I was into the story, I was reading at a decent pace...and then the third and final part started. I wasn't expecting the story to swing in that direction and it felt a little like a cop-out in my opinion.Stay tuned for a full review coming soon!
  • Red_Queen_Lover
    I sobbed 😭😭😭😭 I haven't cried this hard for a book in a while 😖😪RTC
  • Tanya (Girl Plus Books)
    I have such mixed feelings about this one. It's not that I didn't like it, but it's a case of I thought I would like it so much more.• I didn't relate to any of the characters. That created a distance between me and the story and I was never fully invested.• In particular, I could not relate to main character George. She seemed to shun intimacy and mocked others for any show of genuine emotion. She had this sarcastic veneer and the glimpses b...
  • Brenda Ayala
    George is probably the first ever YA protagonist that I’ve been able to connect with. She’s almost ten years younger than me at the beginning of the novel, but I still remember what it was like to be a teenager and I am amazed that I finally found a character to connect with.George is called the Enforcer in her group of friends, because she’s the muscle. Nothing fazes her; some boys call her a slut because she had sex, a girl gets catty bec...
  • Jeweliana
    " 'And what are you thinking?'That I'm afraid I'm not smart enough for you. That I'm okay at a bunch of things but not exceptional at any of them. " Do you ever want to hate a book but can't, no matter how hard you try? Yeah, that's me rn. While I don't think this is a good book for teen girls, I did enjoy it. I don't like the romanticizing of relationships between adults and teens but George is a relatable narrator who keeps you entertained. Plo...
  • Laura D
    This book destroyed me. I could tell it was going to be a book that needed Kleenex nearby but I didn't see the particular event coming and it was written so that it hit you hard. I know a lot of people have a problem with the age difference but big age differences never effect me. One of the reasons is probably that I found George so relatable and her whole thought process and feelings surrounding Francis and that situation and her friends. For s...
  • Melissa
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Girl Well Read
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins Canada for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I don't like to give negative reviews, especially to a Canadian author. My mother also taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, you shouldn't say anything at all. But here is my a reviewer, I am obligated to provide feedback. So here goes...I couldn't relate to the main character, George, at all. The dialogue was trite,...
  • Caitlin
    I received an eARC from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.Review originally posted on my blog, Turning Pages.This book is at once a coming of age story, and a story of forbidden romance. The book, as a result, is full of drama, emotional scenes, and romance. I enjoyed seeing a fairly accurate representation of high school friendships and petty drama, though sometimes it felt a little dry. You know, girls fighting over a...
  • Dove
    I feel so guilty giving this book such a low rating because I usually love every book I read (as you can tell from my page, I literally give every book 4-5 stars) so you can imagine how much it pained me to give this book such a low rating. But I gotta be honest. This book was difficult to get through. I mean PAINFULLY difficult to get through. I wanted to stop reading at every chapter but I pushed myself through it for the sake of my reading cha...
  • Kira
    *received an ARC for review*Maybe I'm jaded, but I'm pretty over whiny high school girls and the feelings they have. Most of this book was about 17 year old George (the main girl) either drinking, being rebellious, or fighting with her friends. When she wasn't doing that, she was falling in love with *gasp* a 29 year old musician. I don't know, I just wasn't impressed.
  • Julie
    oh my heart and so many changes during senior year and in 1992 to 1993. I was a senior back in 1992. older man and a youth in love. loved the friends. loved Rupert
  • Caitie
    This started off being somewhat interesting, but then turned out to be super boring. I ended up skimming through the last forty pages or so. I didn’t really care about George, our narrator. She didn’t seem to have a personality, go to work at the farm, school of course, then she’d randomly get drunk and go to parties because “that’s what you do” in this small town. I think this took place in Canada, but it could’ve been America or E...
  • Emily Krumholz
    (3.50) I gained a lot from this book and I really wish I could give this book a higher rating because I can personally relate to this story, and this book will hold a special place in my heart. I rated it what I did for these reasons: 1.I felt like the ending to this book was a bit rushed and I didn’t feel satisfied with it. 2.Sometimes I felt like I didn’t completely know what was going on until later in the book when it was clarified again...
  • Teenage Reads
    Plot:Maybe when Sid left things were going to be different no matter what. August of 1992, Sid moved with his parents’ to Vancouver, leaving the valley, and his friend group since grade seven, behind. For Frances, who goes by her middle name George, this was the beginning of the end. Planning on partying her way through her senior year, her remaining friend group of Bill, Natalie, and Lisa (whom she was closest too), and then off to Aurora Univ...
  • Sam
    Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC!I had the pleasure of meeting Hadley Dyer at the OLA Superconference earlier this year, and she was a joy to chat with. Her debut YA novel was something I could tell was close to her heart, and focused on some darker subject matters that for me as a contemporary fan, I easily gravitate towards. George (also known as Frances) is one of those heroines who goes through so much growing up in one st...
  • Kimberley
    I received an ARC of Here So Far Away via NetGalley. Life's a bad writer, my father used to say. I think he meant that most of us would write our lives differently, given the chance. If I could choose one year to rewrite, it'd be my senior year of high school, and I'd probably start with the first shack party...Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer is about love, loss, and growing up in a damn hurry. George is a snarky 17-year old, with dreams of leavi...
  • Kristi
    You have to read this book twice. Once to get lost in the story. A second time to get all the jokes. Only then will you find yourself nodding and truly appreciating the smart dialogue between characters and all the lines that went over your head the first time. The author gets my highest rating on this forum as - just like her main character George, she “never goes for cheap emotion”. I won’t give a full synopsis here, and hope to avoid sp...
  • Lydia Wallace
    I could not put this book down. This book has so many different emotions. It is a story of a girl by the name of George Warren her given name Frances because her father was sure she was going to be a boy. She goes by George instead of Frances. She has ups and downs at school trying to stay in a click at school, but ends up alone. She is trying to find love, but cannot find love in her small town. Her father works for the police department, but is...
  • Kylie thelibraryfiend
    Based on the synopsis I assumed 17 year old George was going to start dating a college boy, a few years older. So when she actually starts dating a 29 year old man I was surprised, and pretty mad about it. So mad that any “romance” that followed throughout the rest of the book did nothing but anger me more. Do we really want young girls, as young as maybe 12-13 years old, reading this book and romanticizing an underage girl having a relations...
  • Kendra
    I randomly picked up this book at the library because it was new YA lit, and I’m always on the lookout to read and recommend books to my students. Slow to start, this book never gets up off the ground. The main character is snotty and hard to like. As the action continues she keeps coming back to what is supposed to be the growth in her character: that her hard, frozen heart needs to thaw. In order to do that, the plot allows for her to fall fo...
  • Sarah
    I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Set in the 90s, George's cop father is recovering from a leg amputation during her senior year of high school. George's plans for college are put in jeopardy because of her father's condition. While she is working, she meets and falls for an older man, who happens to be her father's temporary replacement. George keeps her relationship a secret and in doing so creates a rift in he...
  • Jessica
    While I absolutely loved the concept of this novel, I thought the execution was not very well done. One of my biggest problems was the author kept hinting at certain events, expecting the reader to kind of assume what was happening... this made things confusing and I had to go back and reread certain pages because I just got so stumped.I felt like the ending didn't wrap anything up. The emotions were still so raw and I felt like George didn't gro...
  • Erika
    I really enjoyed this slow, simmering, slice-of-life story. Like so many high school seniors, George is trying to maintain her equilibrium at a time when every given in her life (school, friends, family) seems to be in play. One of the few constants is that George—accused of being coldblooded by her friends—has never fallen for a guy. At least not until she meets Francis “Mick” McAdams, an attractive and worldly (at least by her small tow...
  • Jaimee
    Man, I was really enjoying this book until a particular event happened. I get it, it’s life and life can be terrible, but I just didn’t expect this part. I was really just enjoying the storyline of George, Francis and Rupert. After this particular event, everything just came tumbling down and the story took a different direction that I wasn’t pleased with. Then when she got the “gift”, there was a moment where there could have been hope...
  • Debookaddicts
    I have to admit the starting seemed like the same perfect wattpad romance. But after quite some time, it was really good to read how george becomes less of an “enforcer” and more of a normal girl who faces the challenges of romantic partners and friends. I shall not spoil and just say the ending was really a shock to me and honestly, overall despite the wattpad fantasy it seemed to have it was generally quite a good book :)
  • Taylor
    I strongly disliked this book. I couldn’t connect with any of the characters and I honestly wanted to quit on it about 1/3 of the way in. Nevertheless, I persisted. The story or plot didn’t interest me as it was unfolding. I couldn’t get behind the ‘friendships’ storylines either. George’s family annoyed me. It just really wasn’t my cup of tea. At all. I think I was most interested in Shaggy as a character. I think that says all you...
  • Fatma
    I love this author and I really liked this book. Again, it's a YA book that I would read over and over again. Last year of high school- friendships change, applications to universities are due and sometimes, one falls head over heels in love. A lot of things to deal with including a family that has shifting roles. A great weekend read.