I found this book to be completely compelling and mesmerizing!
"I am writing this down because this is my story. There were only ever two people who knew my secret, and both are gone before me."
Who was Bridget, and what became of her?
Meg Mitchell Moore tackles the very real and very prominent problem of cyberbullying in this fascinating novel. Using the three voices of young Natalie, older Kathleen, and the past voice of Bridget, Moore shows that no matter what age, no matter what time period, girls would always be confronted by other girls who are mean.
But this novel delves into more than just "mean girl bullying." Moore focuses on Kathleen, who is still grieving the loss of her own daughter who has been gone so many years. Kathleen hopes that she can redeem herself by helping Natalie the best she can, but she is surprised to find out that her help isn't always wanted or appreciated.
Natalie wants to handle her situation at school on her own, and exhibits that same "I can do it" attitude that is seen in most kids at one point or another. But she soon learns that maybe someone with a little worldly experience isn't a bad person to have around.
And finally, the story of Bridget, the young Irish lass who came to America with such big hopes and dreams, only to be faced with reality and hardship, ties the stories of the three women neatly together as the common factor that both Natalie and Kathleen can bond over.
"So Far Away" is a smartly and thoughtfully written novel that will linger in the mind of the reader long after the final page is turned.
Meg Mitchell Moore is the author of The Arrivals. She worked for several years as a journalist and her articles have been published in a wide variety of business and consumer magazines. She received a master's degree in English literature from New York University. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and their three children. Check out her website at www.megmitchellmoore.com
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