Here So Far Away by Hadley DyerHere So Far Away by Hadley Dyer

Here So Far Away

byHadley Dyer

Hardcover | March 20, 2018

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George Warren (real name: Frances, but nobody calls her that) is well aware that she’s sometimes too tough for her own good. She didn’t mean to make the hot new guy cry—twice. And maybe she shouldn’t have hit the school’s mean girl in the face. George’s loyalty and impulsiveness are what her friends love about her—they know she’s got their backs.

On the cusp of her senior year, though, everything starts to change: a fight with her best friend puts an irreparable rift in George’s social circle, George’s father can no longer work as a police officer, and the family’s financial problems threaten her dream of going away for college. The year is turning out nothing like what George envisioned, but unfortunately, life’s a bad writer.

Then George meets Francis, an older guy who shares her name and her talent for sarcastic banter. In him, she—the queen of catch-and-release—has finally found someone she wants to hold on to, when lately it seems like she’s only been pushing people away. And with him, she falls hard and recklessly in love in ways she never thought herself capable. In short, it’s the year George nearly loses everything, including herself, in secret and utterly alone. 

With brilliant humor and heartbreaking truth, award-winning author Hadley Dyer tells a story of finding love—and the road back from unthinkable loss.

Hadley Dyer is the award-winning author of Johnny Kellock Died Today, among other books for children and young adults. She worked in the children’s book industry for more than twenty years. To learn more about her, visit her online at
Title:Here So Far AwayFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.17 inPublished:March 20, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1443451193

ISBN - 13:9781443451192


Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good! The book was ok....a good read....Different read then I thought it was going to be...There is some twist and turns that I did not expect. But a read anyways
Date published: 2018-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick read! Here So Far Away follows Frances Warren, daughter of an RCMP officer and a high school senior looking forward to living it up and eventually leaving her small town for college. Then she gets in a fight with her best friend, her friend group as a whole is drifting apart, and her family situation just keeps getting worse. then Frances meets Francis, a guy she knows is way older than her…and the story begins. My problem with this book was that I wanted more. It’s set in a small Canadian town in the ’90s which I loved, but there needed to be more description of the setting. There was a lot of wasted potential in terms of the setting. Frances’ friends were a little underdeveloped for my character-driven reading taste too. Our main character Frances (real name: George) was very enjoyable and I love how witty she is! She is very realistic and never shied away from things that I think the average teenager experiences. I really liked all of the characters, but Rupert and Bill were my favourites. I also really loved how big of a part that Frances’ family played in the novel. My absolute favourite thing in YA is when family is very present in the novel because it makes it so realistic. I feel like having a character’s family in the novel is becoming more common too which makes my heart so happy. Even though I enjoyed Frances and her friends, I could not relate to them or what they did. This is a me problem though because I am just personally the furthest thing from your typical “partying high school student” and I don’t have any interest in the whole party thing. It was interesting reading about people who are so different from me though, so if you’re like me then this book would be really interesting for you! Even if you aren’t like me and you’re someone who enjoys parties, you would love this even more because you would see a lot of yourself in the characters of the novel. The last quarter of this book was the most heart-wrenching for me. The writing packed a punch throughout the book but at this point I was getting really connected to the characters, especially Frances and Francis. The ending was heart-wrenching and the book left me so sad; I’m still thinking about what happened. This is a book that will stick with you for a long time. Overall I really enjoyed this book and I think that it is so cool that it is written by a Canadian author and is set in Canada! It made me want to visit different parts of Canada so I can see more of my beautiful country. Read more reviews like this at
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pleasant read The story may not have been what I originally thought it was going to be but I enjoyed it non the less. I found similarities between George and I (personality wise) that I haven't with any other characters I've read about before. I really enjoyed the humour throughout the novel. My only issue was that I felt the ending fell a little flat.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Canadian Teen Read! I have never read a book that was set in Canada before (even though I am Canadian) and I wish I had started sooner. Reading about small things that are Canadian in a book was quite refreshing. When reading the first few pages of the book, I was slightly put off by the actions of the protagonist as well as her friends, but soon, her language and actions subsided and the book was much more enjoyable. I wish the ending of the book was clearer. I had to go back and reread a few pages multiple times to try and understand, and even then, the storyline wasn't clear. I do, however, like how the book ended after that.
Date published: 2018-05-08

Editorial Reviews

“Dyer goes for the jugular and in the end creates a heartbreaking novel dealing with secrets, loss and the mess that arises from not living truthfully.”