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March 12, 2016

Review: Far From Fair by Elana K. Arnold

Far From Fair

Author:  Elana K. Arnold
Published On: 3/8/16
Page Count: 240
I received an advanced copy for review purposes. This in no way changes my opinion of this book.
Synopsis: (Found on Goodreads)
Odette has a list: Things That Aren’t Fair. At the top of the list is her parents’ decision to take the family on the road in an ugly RV they’ve nicknamed the Coach. There’s nothing fair about leaving California and living in the Coach with her par­ents and exasperating brother. And there’s definitely nothing fair about Grandma Sissy’s failing health, and the painful realities and difficult decisions that come with it. Most days it seems as if everything in Odette’s life is far from fair but does it have to be?

Overall Rating: 3.5/5
First off most of the places mentioned in the book I have been. The comparisons of KOAs is amazing. I really was thinking this would be a fast and fast read. It is fast that’s for sure, I finished it in a day. Light however it is not. Odette is o young but there are points that it doesn’t matter the age her experiences are relatable.

Cover: 4/5
This is adorable. I love the silhouette of Odette and Georgie in the window of The Coach. A big portion of the story involves travel so it fits really well.

Characters: 3/5
Odette is young and super smart but some parts of the book I would forget this was a MG novel and she was meant to be in 6th grade. She learns some hard lessons that you wish a 12-13yr old would never have to experience.

Rex: I knew Rex was younger than his sister but it really wasn't super apparent that he was autistic until the Furies would happen. He isn't played up to be really high on the spectrum so it was interesting to reread after finding out about his condition. Again with never wishing Gramma Sissys condition on anyone Rex seems to take it in stride and really hits home with his simple shadow statement.

Gramma Sissy is the grandmother we all imagine. She bakes a lot of cookies to the point she owns a bakery. This whole trip has to do with them going to see her. She is a kind lady and has lots of little quirks and sayings that make me tear up remembering my nana.

Plot: 3.5/5
I went in thinking "oh a MG book I can bust this out in a day easy peasy, something cute." I wish I wasn't making that stereotype but lately the MG I have read end up being super light. This one is the total opposite. It's adventurous, thoughtful and deals with loss in an incredible way.

Odette leaves behind friends and her childhood house but she gains an understanding of the world in a way most 12yr olds don't get to experience. Yes there is loss but in that loss like Gramma Sissy says "when one story ends its just the beginning of another."




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