Very Far Away From Anywhere Else by Ursula Le Guin

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A couple years ago, during my winter break, I "discovered" Ursula Le Guin's books, and I fell absolutely in love with her short story collections -- my first was Changing Planes -- which read more like an anthropological study than like fiction. But I had no idea she had written anything like this. After seeing a review on bookshelves of doom, I immediately had to put a hold on it (I haven't actually read her review of it yet -- I don't like to read the reviews until I've actually read the book, in case of spoilers -- I sometimes just scroll down to the end of the review to see if the book is worth reading)

And this book definitely was worth reading.... I won't go into great detail about the plot, but this is the story of the friendship (and maybe more) between Owen and Natalie, both high school seniors. Owen is very intellectual, and wants to be a scientist, while Natalie is a musician, and they have wonderful conversations about their hopes and dreams and plans for the future. And, while Le Guin wrote this novella almost 30 years ago, the characters and the problems they face will still ring true for today's teens (and "young adults" like me)


Anonymous said...

i didnt really like the book very far away from anywhere else. i had to read it for school and had to relate it to friendship and it doesnt really realte to friendship. owen and natalie are two losers that dont fit in so they become friends thats not an ideal friendship but whatever.

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