Readers follow the ghost of Jacob Grimm and his charge Jeremy Johnson Johnson, the only person who it seems can hear his ghostly voice. Both isolated from the world in their own ways, they provide each other an opportunity to regain a piece of who they once were. However, one day, Jeremy is unexpectedly invited to the town bakery by Ginger Boultinghouse for the famous Prinsesstarta, a cake that will allegedly make anyone fall in love with the first thing a person sees upon eating the first bite. From this moment, a chain of unexpected events occur that will lead down a grim path that will prove that not all childhood tales have happy endings.
Regrettably, the meat of the story is in the mystery, which only occurs towards the latter half of the book. Many readers will miss out on this addition if they are not immersed in the relationships McNeal creates between Jeremy, Jacob, and the rest of town characters enough to continue reading to the end of the book. McNeal builds these characters realistically and makes them so enjoyable that when the suspense arrives it seem like readers should have seen it coming from the beginning. Together with the unique narrator, Far Far Away is a great read for those already interested in Grimm fairytales or those who enjoy reading about the magic of everyday life.
Does it have a Young Adult Label?: No.
Favorite Quote: “He says all that happens when you go far, far away is that you discover you’ve brought yourself along.”
Recommended if you like: fairytales, ghosts, cakes, magic, game shows, mysterious disappearances, love, family, for fans of A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz