Monday, September 25, 2017

Book Review - The Nearest Faraway Place by Hayley Long

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Review by Suze

The brothers Griff and Dylan are close to their parents. When they're on their way back to Manhattan after a great family holiday a terrible accident ends life as they know it. Griff and Dylan lose everything they hold dear. They have to move on, but it's difficult to live without parents when there's nobody close to look after you. Dylan worries about Griff. Will he be able to cope, can he manage without their beloved mother and father? And who will take care of the two boys, will they be okay?

The Nearest Faraway Place is a beautiful story about love, grief, hope and family. I immediately loved Dylan. He's kindhearted and responsible. He's always looking out for his brother and wants the best for Griff. Griff is so closed off in the beginning and I kept hoping he'd find someone who could break down his walls and make him talk again. Dylan is trying to help him and I was anxious to find out if he'd succeed. My heart ached when I read about their tragic accident and everything that followed after and I shed quite a few tears while reading their story. Hayley Long describes emotions in a fantastic honest, understandable and emphatic way and she always balances them exactly right, which is something I found absolutely amazing.

The Nearest Faraway Place is about loss, healing and being forced to move on even if sadness is preventing you from doing so. I was completely blown away by this story. It radiates love and care and that is what makes it so mesmerizing. Unexpected friendships are giving the story a fascinating angle and compassion in surprising ways makes it extra special. The Nearest Faraway Place is a compelling multilayered story that will stay with me for a very long time, it's an absolute must-read.

Advice

If you love stories about siblings filled with tragedy, but also love and hope you should definitely read The Nearest Faraway Place. It's suitable for both young adults and adults.

11 comments:

  1. Lovely review:) Such a perfect title for this story too. Ones that bring me to tears and stay with me long after I've finished them are few and far between. This could be one of those.

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  2. Thank you for your honest review, it's much appreciated!

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  3. I love YA stories and this one intruiges me quite well.

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  4. Whoa, this sounds really sad but realistic and sweet and I hope it ends well!

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  5. I love stories about siblings - this sounds heartbreaking but inspiring.

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  6. I like the title's Brian Wilson reference, too!

    --Trix

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  7. thank you for this review, i prefer to stay far from book with tragedy for now but i loved to learn about this book

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  8. This sounds like a wonderful story. Thanks for the awesome review. I will have to check this book out.

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  9. I like stories that follow brothers or sisters. There's always an interesting bond between siblings.

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  10. Stories like this one make me give thanks for all that I have.

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