Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Here So Far Away
Publish January 16, 2018
Level-headed and methodical George Warren knows what to expect for her senior year of high school. Her popular group of friends should be on top of the social ladder, until a flirtation at a shack party backfires and causes a rift in her group. After a chance meeting with a mysterious guy looking for a lost pig, George lies about her age and meets up with him at a local bar, putting into motion a complicated relationship that has to be hidden from others. As George has been told by her RCMP father many times, life is a bad writer, and she is about to find out just how bad it can be.
Award-winning author of Johnny Kellock Died Today, Hadley Dyer pulls no punches in a book about the events and choices we must live with for the rest of our lives. In Here So Far Away, George reflects on her senior year, a time when her dad’s status has changed from being a revered community officer to an amputee, and her attraction to Francis, an older man, isolates her from friends and family.
George’s tale breaks the common teen fiction trope that love conquers all as Dyer builds the strain involved in trying to maintain a secret and taboo relationship. Viewing her father in a new light, tension also develops between George and her father as she realises he is not as infallible as she once thought.
Set in Newfoundland during the 1990s, Here So Far Away is, at times, a painful read. But the anguish is rewarded by the powerful truths it reveals about the nature of love, and the arduous process of becoming an adult.
An avid promoter of Canadian teen fiction, Amy Mathers completed the Marathon of Books in 2014. The money she raised allowed the Canadian Children’s Book Centre to fund the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. She also reviews for the Canadian Children’s Book News and writes a monthly article for the CCBC e-newsletter.
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