Saturday, August 17, 2013

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal Review

I received an ARC copy of Far Far Away from Random Buzzers.

"It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. 

After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm. 

Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next. But when the provocative local girl Ginger Boultinghouse takes an interest in Jeremy (and his unique abilities), a grim chain of events is put into motion.

And as anyone familiar with the Grimm Brothers know, not all fairy tales have happy endings..."

I always have a passionate love for the Grimm Brothers, especially their collection of stories. From the tragic story of Cinderella (the stepsister married the prince) to crazy stories with bloody endings (like Snow White because her stepmother was forced to wear hot [like a fire hot] shoes till she drops dead at Snow White's wedding dance). Disney movies always screw stories up, don't they? Anyway, Far Far Away isn't an exact fairy tale retelling. It has similarities to Bluebeard, but instead of a wife, we have children told to never, ever, ever visit a room in the baker's basement.

Far Far Away, overall, is an awesome book, full of ghost, Grimm, and romance. I don't know how Tom McNeal did it, but he put some little childish emotion into his writing. Everything in Far Far Away is gorgeous and beautiful. I love how the author adds the fairy tale tone and the normalness to the book, despite the ghost, the tv game show, and the child who can hear ghosts.

Far Far Away's plot is amazing. I can never bear to put the book down, not even for a moment to eat or read another book that may be better than Far Far Away. The plot entertains readers for every second, never letting the attention of the readers to be distracted elsewhere. The author's writing style is unique; I don't know why, but it's different. Maybe because it has a lot errors and is unlike other books I've read. (The book I'm reading is an ARC.)

The ending is b-e-a-utiful! (Jim Carrey style) I never expected the ending to be like this. I knew the ending will be a 'Happily Ever After,' but I never dreamed the 'how' of the question "how it (the ending) became a 'Happily Ever After.'"

Told from the deceased Jacob Grimm, Far Far Away is similar to The Book Thief because they are both told by narrators who are invisible to the people they pay close attention to. (Although, Jeremy can hear Jacob Grimm, but not see.)


Jeremy Johnson Johnson is a young boy who has an incredible ability to hear ghost. His mother abandoned his father and him, at a young age. She died while trying to find her 'Happily Ever After.' Jeremy Johnson Johnson is insecure about many things, yet plays an innocent boy who is curious about the possible world of the opposite gender. Jeremy, in the end, manages to grow a bit and develop his own armor and skin to protect himself from enemies and bad insults. His father (and dead mother) is a bit of a sore subject for Jeremey. 

Jacob Grimm narrates Far Far Away. His problems aren't as obvious as Jeremy's problems, but they are there. One obvious problem is moving on. "Forgive but never forget" that sort of thing. (Moving on means moving off the earth and into the mysterious light.) His ending is b-e-a-utiful! 

Ginger is the one and only love interest for Jeremy Johnson Johnson in Far Far Away. She's an adventuress and a sporty, athletic girl. Ginger plays a major part in Far Far Away.

Rating: Five out of Five

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