Far From Home

Far From Home

Book - 2016
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Publisher: Burnsville, North Carolina : Riptide Publishing, c2016
ISBN: 9781626494527
Branch Call Number: FIC BRO
Characteristics: 163 p. ;,21 cm.


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Oct 09, 2016

I liked this, but it felt a little short, especially as the last 5-10 (my library's overdrive system's page count doesn't match up with what the GR record says, so it's not clear exactly how many pages we're talking about) pages that were included as part of the page count were actually pages of advertising for other books from Riptide Publishing and a short biography on Brown.

Because this was told from Rachel's POV I didn't feel like I got to know Pari as well as I would have liked, especially as Pari seemed the more interesting and sympathetic character and I would've liked to have heard exactly what she thought of Rachel. Plus, because of Rachel's history as an anorexic (not so much 'recovering', despite what she tries to make us and herself believe, until the epilogue) so many of her thoughts were negative that it gave me a negative impression of her. Constantly listening to her put herself down, express the self-doubt that she could ever be good enough was frustrating and made it hard sympathise with her struggles rather than just be irritated by them. I have no doubt that her internal negativity is entirely true to life and readers with some of the same struggles will likely see themselves in her, but that doesn't mean I want to spend four or five hours stuck in her head. I think this would have been a better book if we could have switched between Rachel and Pari, a chapter at a time. That way the reader would have had some relief from the persistent negativity and we could have gotten to know Pari better. I will definitely make an effort to get my hands on the second book in the series.

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