So Far Away

So Far Away

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Desperate to escape her parents' ugly divorce and a former best friend's vicious cyber-bullying, thirteen-year-old Natalie bonds with widowed librarian Kathleen over the diary of an early twentieth-century Boston maid.
Publisher: New York : Reagan Arthur Books, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316202466
0316202460
0316097691
9780316097697
Characteristics: 1 online resource (322 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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DCLadults Jul 27, 2017

Thirteen-year-old Natalie lives in a harsh environment: neglected by her divorced parents and cyberbullied by her childhood best friend. When she discovers an old diary written by an Irish maid, she seeks the help of a library archivist to help her understand the script. Can a person from the pas... Read More »


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branch_reviews Feb 02, 2013

So Far Away follows the stories of three different women whose lives intersect. Natalie Gallagher is a thirteen year old girl whose parents recently separated and her mother is struggling with depression. She is assigned an independent study project and decides to trace her family tree. She travels across town to the Boston archives and meets the archives librarian Kathleen. Nathalie has discovered a notebook in her basement written in 1925 by Bridget an Irish maid. Each character has a secret – Natalie is a victim of cyber bullying, Kathleen longs for her long lost daughter and Bridget’s secret is revealed as Kathleen and Natalie read the diary. So Far Away is an interesting novel that crosses generations and eras. A good read. Reviewed by KH

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IV27HUjg
Jan 20, 2013

Total agreement with other reviewers. This was a deviation from my usual books & very glad I tried it. I finished it in short time - large print.

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rsenots
Aug 09, 2012

I loved "The Arrivals" and really didn't think she could top herself again, but she did. A wonderfully honed writer of characters that we grow to care so much about. I didn't want this book to end (just like her first book). Now I have to wait for her third! A really poignant and current book on cyberbullying PLUS there is another story within the story that is just as interesting as the story in the book itself. She is such a wonderful author, love this book. Read it!!

booklady413 Jul 26, 2012

This novel was a very interesting read. It was told from the perspective of 3 different characters. The major character was a young girl who is being bullied. Added to that problem, her parents have recently separated, and her mom is sinking into a deep depression. The plot thickens when she meets a librarian who helps her find her family tree. However, the most interesting part of the plot is a notebook which she finds in her attic which chronicles the life of an Irish immigrant from the 1920's. Even though there are many threads woven into this story, it works well.

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Brookecp
Jul 01, 2012

As a mother who is dealing with bullying by texts right now I found this interesting. It seems she really wrote three books in one (one about Natalie and the bullying, one about Kathleen and the loss of her daughter and one about Bridget from Ireland). I wished for more closure on all fronts and wanted to know more. A good author with an okay grasp of teens and their dependence on cell phones and peer approval.

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bridge1
Jun 21, 2012

Thirteen year old Natalie Gallagher finds a diary and researches it with the help of a library archivist. Interesting story of cyber-bullying and the power of friendship.

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