QYAS: Read an excerpt of Tess Sharpe’s FAR FROM YOU!

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far from you tess sharpeAs part of the Queer YA Scrabble, we here at YA Interrobang are sharing snippets of some of the books we’re giving away! And one of these snippets belongs to Tess Sharpe’s Far From You.

In Far From You, Sophie has been drug-free for nine months – and it’s been four months since her best friend Mina died in a supposed drug deal gone wrong. But Sophie knows that Mina was deliberately murdered.

Because we’re focusing this weekend on queer YA, this snippet focuses a bit on the queer content within the story, and so is slightly spoiler-y, though out of context, it doesn’t mean much. (You could say we’re part of a secret special organization called Virs Deity, who wants to share especially queer snippets of books, because queerness is important.) But hey, you have been warned.


I still have the pillow pulled over my head, so I feel, rather than see, her get up off the bed. I heard the sound of water being turned on, for a second I think she’s turned the shower on in the bathroom, but then the pillow I’m holding is yanked out of my hands and when I open my mouth to protest Mina dumps a glass of cold water over my head. I shriek, jerking up way too fast and it hurts, oh shit, it hurts. I’m still not used to how I can’t twist and move my spine like I used to. But I’m so angry at her that I don’t care. I push up on the bed with my good arm, grab the remaining pillow and hurl it at her.
 
Mina giggles, delighted, dancing out of the way and then back, tilting the empty glass in her hand teasingly at me.
 
“Bitch,” I say, yanking my dripping hair out of my eyes.
 
“You can call me whatever you want, smelly, as long as you shower,” Mina says. “Come on, get up.”
 
She holds her hand out, and it’s not like anybody else who’s offered themselves to me as a temporary cane. Not like Dad, who wants to carry me everywhere. Not like Mom, who wants to wrap me in cotton and never let me go anywhere again. Not like Trev, who wants so desperately to fix me. She holds her hand out, and when I don’t take it immediately, she snaps her fingers at me, pushy, impatient.

Love that excerpt? You can win a copy of Far From You in our Queer YA Scrabble prize pack! We here at YA Interrobang have partnered with the authors of Clan Hydra to bring you the most awesome prize box imaginable. In addition to a signed paperback copy of All The Devils Here, Laura Lam donated a signed paperback copy of Shadowplay. Astor Penn donated a signed paperback copy of All The Devils Here. Robin Talley donated a signed paperback copy of Lies We Tell Ourselves, along with some swag. You will also be entered to win a paperback copy of Christopher Hawthorne Moss’ Beloved Pilgrim, a paperback copy of Matthew J. Metzger’s Vivaldi in the Dark and Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You The Sun.

To enter the giveaway, you can fill out the form below. You’ll need to find and decode a special phrase in this post back into its original word to enter, but we promise – it’s not hard. The giveaway is open to the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Mexico, and anywhere in continental Europe except Russia. Unfortunately, do to the prohibitive cost of shipping, the giveaway and auctions are not open to countries in Africa, South America, Asia or Australia. (Sorry, Aussies.)

The Queer YA Scrabble will run this entire weekend, from this very second to the end of the day on June 8. Giveaway winners will be chosen on June 9.

All of this is to raise money and awareness for Stonewall. Stonewall is a charity committed to helping queer people (especially teens) navigate adversity and promoting education.

Permission to share this excerpt granted by Tess Sharpe.

The Queer YA Scrabble giveaway is over; thank you for participating!

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