Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal

  Far Far Away , by Tom McNeal

Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal

Today at Kirkus, I wrote about Tom McNeal's Far Far Away, which took a little while to win me over, BUT WHEN IT DID, YOWZA:

Readers who stick with it will learn that McNeal knows exactly what he's doing: Jacob is on just as much of a journey as our young protagonist is, and as he changes and grows, his deepening connection to and affection for Jeremy & Co. makes that emotional distance shrink and disappear. As the story goes on, his voice grows steadily warmer and warmer...and then, when the darkness comes—AND HOO BOY, IT COMES—steadily more frustrated, worried, urgent and, as he has the benefit of hindsight: guilty.