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The Farther You Run [Hardcover]

By Davida Wills Hurwin (Author)
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Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.62" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2003
Publisher   Viking Juvenile
ISBN  0670036277  
EAN  9780670036271  
UPC  051488016991  

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When your best friend is dying, you wonder what life would be like without her -- but nothing prepares you for the reality. This past May, Samantha lost her "one and only," Juliana, to cancer. Now there is no one to share secrets, gossip, and dreams; no reason to keep taking dance class, alone. The way she sees it, there's only one thing to do: close the door, and try to move on. Then Samantha meets Mona in summer school. Mona has challenges of her own -- her mother is bipolar, and growing up has been a tangle of new schools, an ever-changing roster of "friends," and neighbors who never understand. The two of them click right away. Mona can make Samantha laugh, and Samantha never asks questions when Mona needs a break from her mom. By summer's end they've got jobs, an apartment together in San Francisco, and the beginning of a brand new life. But doors don't always stay closed, and moving across the Golden Gate Bridge can't keep the past away. Just before the anniversary of Jules's death, Samantha and Mona must face what they've been trying to ignore. Mona's self-destructive streak has sabotaged all of her new relationships. And Samantha's struggle to be free of Jules has failed, because the memories won't go away -- and the more she lets herself remember, the more overwhelming her loss becomes. Soon, it is almost as if they have a third roommate: Jules. If they truly want to move on, Samantha and Mona will have to examine and redefine their friendship, their future -- and, in the process, themselves. In its thoughtful, deft handling of coming of age and the grieving process, this long-awaited sequel to the award-winning A Time for Dancing is equally poignant, funny, heart-wrenching -- and well worth the wait.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Davida Wills Hurwin is the author of A Time for Dancing (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults) and The Farther You Run. She teaches theater at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences and lives in Southern California with her husband, Gene, and their daughter, Frazier Malone.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not as good as the first...  Oct 26, 2007
I read and loved A Time For Dancing. I was so excited when I saw that the sequel came out. The book was good, especially if you fell in love with the characters as I did during the first book. The storyline isn't as intense, and you don't connect with the characters as much, which was kind of a bummer for me. But if you read the first, you still need to read it. :)
The Farther You Run  May 25, 2007
The Farther You Run, by Davida Hurwin, is a great teen fiction book. Samantha is an average teen who loses her best friend through a battle of cancer. She is living with her parents in the suburbs until she finally moves on she finds a new best friend named Mona. Mona is just like Samantha and they are unable to be apart. They are getting ready to move into a new apartment together and start a new life, until something comes between them. Will they be able to work out their problems and continue their friendship? I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to relate to their books and feel like they are the one going through this.
Not Really Impressd  Dec 31, 2005
I read A TIME FOR DANCING over the summer,and recieved this book for Christmas.I read it,and frankly - It did not live up to my standards.

While the plot was fairly good,and the first book was summed up well,I didn't feel the emotions of the characters nearly as much as I did with the first.
amazing  Dec 12, 2005
I actually read this book before I read A Time For Dancing and I must say it was amazing. It really sums up the first book well and continues with a really good storyline. Sam has the best parts in the story.Loveable, funny and at times heart-wrenching, she takes you through situations that you feel you can relate to. Mona on the other hand can get a little bit annoying but she's not a bad character. I defianently recommend this book to anyone who needs a good cry..

ps. keep tissues'll need them
The Farther You Run  Dec 8, 2005
Imagine loosing your best friend to cancer. This past May Samantha lost hers, her best friend for more than half her life. Juliana, her "one and only", was now gone. Now she has no one to relate to, and no one to share her deepest secrets with. No way does Samantha want to go back to dance class with out Juliana. In Samantha's eyes there's nothing she can do. All she can do is move on, and so far its been working. She hadn't even yet showed any emotions about the loss of Juliana.
Unexpectedly, Samantha meets Mona in summer school. They both failed English, so they already have one thing in common. They immediately click. It turns out that Mona's mother is bi-polar, and that has been a huge struggle for Mona. Growing up, she's gone to a ton of new schools, and was always having to make new friends. In a way, the things they both have been through in their lives made them be able to relate to one another. Neither of them get along with their mothers, so they can also relate to each other in that way.
They become the best of friends. By the end of summer they're already planning to buy an apartment together in San Francisco. They then find jobs and boyfriends. Life seems to be going great for the two of them, and it seems as if Samantha has a new best friend.
But things don't always stay this perfect. Right before the anniversary of Juliana's death, things start to fall apart for Samantha. Memories of Juliana keep coming back to her, and she's starting to miss her more and more. She cries all the time, and can't get Juliana out of her head. This soon starts to irritate Mona, and soon Samantha and Mona's friendship starts to fade. In order for their friendship to reconcile they need to sort things out between them, because they both really do need each other.
The author, Davida Wills Hurwin, of The Farther You Run, does an excellent job in writing this book. The reader is constantly entertained, and wondering what will happen next. It's an easy read, and I would specifically recommend this book to women. It holds a lot of common issues that women face every day. The issue of mother child relationships is a big one. Both of the main characters don't get along with their mothers, and you can see how their relationships transforms throughout the novel. The girls also have to worry about another common issue among women, boys! I really enjoyed reading this book, there was nothing about it that I didn't like. And like I said before, I would truly recommend it.

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