How Far We Go and How Fast

Nora Decter (Author)

Product Details

Orca Book Publishers
Publish Date
September 25, 2018
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Nora Decter grew up in the North End of Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from Stony Brook University and a BA in English and Creative Writing from York University. She lives most of the year in Toronto, Ontario. She has a rock 'n' roll past. For more information, visit


"Like a truly great song, this book will stay with you long after it's over. A powerful novel about loss and redemption, How Far We Go and How Fast is as real as it gets. And as sad. And, somehow, as funny. Lyrical and subtle, witty and wise, Nora Decter is an exciting new voice in YA literature."--Patricia McCormick, author of the critically acclaimed SOLD
"Watching Jo gradually learn how to deal with her grief, to go from depressed and isolated to realizing that change is possible, is one of the many joys of Nora Decter's debut novel. Funny, smart, and endlessly empathetic, How Far We Go and How Fast has all the energy of your very first mosh pit. I wish I'd had this book as a teen."--Alicia Elliott, RBC Taylor Emerging Writer Award winner
&quotThis book has a timeless quality that feels shockingly familiar. A must read for anyone who wants to remember the bite and excitement of coming of age.&quot--Falen Johnson, writer, director and co-host of The Secret Life of Canada podcast
"A tender story about the love found in an imperfect, working-class family."--Kirkus Reviews
"Decter's vivid and evocative word choice defines the character of the novel…[She] deftly uses weather and the seasons to create mood as well as an instrument to advance the plot. Highly Recommended."--CM: Canadian Review of Materials
"I really appreciate this book. It's short and intense and will make you cry. Also, it's got a pseudo-psychic dog named Howl for goodness sake! Read it! "--You Are What You Read blog
"Decter does an excellent job of letting the reader see the world through Jo's eyes, as she deals with her grief and depression…Jo's insight and Decter's prose make the journey both bearable and in the end philosophical."--Resource Links
"There is an uplifting, cathartic feel to the tale…Decter's spare language will have teens emotionally invested in the protagonist…A good choice where teens are seeking titles with relatable characters and a solid, satisfying conclusion."--School Library Journal