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Far from the Tree By Robin Benway Far from the Tree A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment Being the middle child has its ups and downs But for Grace an only child who was adopted at birth disco

  • Title: Far from the Tree
  • Author: Robin Benway
  • ISBN: 9780062330628
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Far from the Tree By Robin Benway A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.Being the middle child has its ups and downs.But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including Maya, her lA contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.Being the middle child has its ups and downs.But for Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is a middle child is a different ride altogether After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family, including Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound family ties Having grown up the snarky brunette in a house full of chipper redheads, she s quick to search for traces of herself among these not quite strangers And when her adopted family s long buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya can t help but wonder where exactly it is that she belongs.And Joaquin, their stoic older bio brother, who has no interest in bonding over their shared biological mother After seventeen years in the foster care system, he s learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they can t hurt anyone but him.
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    1. Hannah Greendale on said:

      Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend Do yourself a favor and read this book.

    2. Larry H on said:

      4.5 stars for this one.Robin Benway s Far from the Tree recently won the National Book Award It s a beautiful, thought provoking tearjerker of a book, a meditation about family and its different forms, as well as the fears we don t share with those we love, and how what we don t say is often of a roadblock than the things we do.At times this book had me like While at other times it had me like Grace is an only child, although she s always known that she was adopted But shortly after she gives b [...]

    3. maymay ☕ on said:

      Sap WarningI come from a big family and even though at times they can be annoying as heck and other times make me want to jump out of a window, theyre literally my life and I would die without themokay im done my sap grossAND THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY AND ITS AMAZING AND PERFECT AND SO SPECIAL kermit gets me BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL and honest sibling rep this was done so sosososooso well Theyre annoying and irritating and you want to punch them sometimes but like they got your back no [...]

    4. Elyse on said:

      Library overdrive Audiobookrrated by Julia Whelan.Julia is a book reading pro I d go out of my way to listen to books read by her She s really terrificking each character come ALIVE with very distinct personalities I completely agree with the publishers summary of this National Book Award Winner Perfect for fans of NBC s THIS IS US , I am a fan , Robin Benway s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms how to [...]

    5. Elise (TheBookishActress) on said:

      full review posted on blog That was unexpected Far From the Tree is an exploration of family, the one you find and the one you re born into Great concept, right But I definitely did not guess just how good this would be A story like this is one that can only succeed based off stellar character work, and my expectations for character work in contemporary is often quite low But this was so lovely.This book revolves around three siblings, each with their own conflicts Grace has recently given birth [...]

    6. may ➹ on said:

      a conversation with myself me so I just read a book that made me cry, what should I read nowmy brain hmmmy brain wellmy brain how about another book that s supposed to break your heart me oh my god GREAT IDEA anyways I love self destruction so this should be fun

    7. emma on said:

      Okay First, we must talk about the most important thing, and that is that cover Holy sh t that thing is beautiful Man oh man I hate myself for reading this as an ebook out of excitement instead of waiting to buy a copy I m way too materialistic for this BS.Now we can talk about the actual contents.I first heard about this book because it won the National Book Award for Young Adult Literature, and I was doing a very grown up blog post for the very grown up college affiliated blog I m part of on t [...]

    8. Glitterbomb on said:

      So, I may or may not have shaken the the shit out of this thing and yelled WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN WHY AREN T THERE MORE BOOKS LIKE YOU IN THE WORLD This thing had be sobbing, and laughing, and sobbing while laughing, and tearing my hair out, and sobbing, and yelling How did you know I swear there s not a box of tissues or a roll of toilet paper left in the house.I am emotionally done I ll write a review later after I put myself back together Seriously though, read this This book is destroying me I [...]

    9. Sarah on said:

      This book was so beautiful and so lovely I would recommend it to everyone, I thought it was so heart warming, but also so heart breaking at times Seriously guys, read this It s one of those books that makes you feel so many things and it takes serious willpower for me not to recommend this to everyone I come across Once I finished this book, I realised it actually dealt with so many issues and it was done so eloquently Sometimes when books deal with quite a lot, it can feel either too heavy or t [...]

    10. Suzanne on said:

      So beautiful I loved this book so much This is a story about three siblings who have been fostered and adopted by separate families very early in their lives, and shows readers the many definitions family can have I adored every minute of reading this book Overall, love the characters, the story, and the meaning behind this entire book

    11. Alexa on said:

      I just finished reading this book, and I honest to goodness cannot stop crying thinking about it What a beautiful, raw, honest portrayal of families in a way I ve never really encountered before What an amazing sibling story The relationships, the characters, the story all just so wonderful, and this is def my fave Robin Benway book as of right now.

    12. Hollis on said:

      I applaud anyone who was able to review this book coherently Basically all I can think to say is be prepared to cry A lot.

    13. Ken on said:

      3.5 star lights, star brights This winner of the National Book Award is an old school weepie bringing together three siblings who have been adopted except for one still in foster care by different families The chapters rotate between each, beginning with Grace, a teenaged mom who just gave up a child herself to adoption and the wheels spin inexorably She comes to know younger sister Maya, and eventually THEY come to know older brother Joaquin different father, as he is part Mexican Grace is bein [...]

    14. Alexis(TheSlothReader) on said:

      4.5 starsThis book was so beautiful It follows three biological siblings as they discover each other They re all dealing with their own heap of issues and they re all such unique characters I absolutely loved each of the siblings and I especially loved getting to watch them grow together as people and as family Maya, the youngest, is a lesbian and I loved how accepting every character was of her sexuality She felt so authentic and she was hilarious Grace, the middle child, absolutely broke my he [...]

    15. Jillian (bookishandnerdy) on said:

      OH FUCK THIS WAS SO GOODis was emotional and put my heart through the wringeris won the national book award for a reason and it s an all time favorite.family stories are always a favorite of mine and this was just incredible.i really wanted to read this originally because it was compared to This Is Us and that is one of my all time favorite shows and JESUS IT IS SUCH A GOOD COMPARISON in terms of family and feels and just UGH OMG I HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS RIGHT NOW.

    16. Lisa on said:

      Emotional, beautiful, raw and hilarious This is such a powerful story about family the kind you have and the kind you choose Highly recommended

    17. Fuzaila on said:

      You know you ve read a good book when you 1 Have a deep ache in the pit of your stomach, because it ended.2 Close your eyes, and heave a deep sigh, because it ended exactly at the right moment.Far from the Tree falls into the second category for me Well, I didn t read it technically I listened to the audiobook and it was splendid Heartwarming, the right tones at all the right places the narration was brilliant And I, it is not easy to point out exactly why I loved it so much You know the times w [...]

    18. Tatiana on said:

      It s a perfectly fine feel good novel about adoption and sibling love, with abundance of compassionate people and HEA for all A bit to sentimental, simplistic and tear jerky for my taste.Reminded me of Sara Zarr s novels, but less nuanced.

    19. Maria (Big City Bookworm) on said:

      I absolutely loved this one It was so much than I was expecting and I think it s pretty underrated Contemporary young adult fiction is one of my favourite genres, but I feel like I ve been picking up some really great ones recently Far From The Tree was no exception.Stay tuned for a full review coming soon

    20. Gabby on said:

      This is an incredibly moving story about family This story follows three teens Grace, Maya, and Joaquin who find out they are biological siblings All three of them know they are adopted, but never actually met their siblings birth parents This story follows all three of their perspectives This is a really sensitive and powerful novel about what it means to be a family and the struggles that come with adoption What I liked about this story is that all of the siblings have a very unique story of t [...]

    21. Susan on said:

      Far From The TreeRobin BenwayI had never heard of Robin Benway before but I am sure glad I took a chance and picked up FAR FROM THE TREE Ms Benway instantly hooked me and pulled me right in Three teenagers who are dealing with adoption, bullying, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, racism, and so much FAR FROM THE TREE has it all It is so raw you need to keep the tissues close by because your emotions are going to be on one crazy roller coaster ride FAR FROM THE TREE is the heartbreaking story of three [...]

    22. Gaby on said:

      Me Obsessed with a Robin Benway book That sounds like an understatement, TBH Many hearts in eyes over FAR FROM THE TREE and with all of the complicated family ness, tricky teenage situations, and scenarios unlike everything else in contemporary YA, I hope you ll love this one as much as I do.

    23. Bee (Heart Full of Books) on said:

      I don t know why I cried so much at the end of this book considering, I didn t feel that attached to the characters as I was reading I loved Joaquin, I would ve read 400 pages JUST about him Seriously, I was only trudging through Maya who was mostly unbearable to get to Joaquin I really like books about siblings and this was no exception The only thing is, the pacing was a bit off for me Joaquin was the last to be introduced so it wasn t until 30 40% through that we learned about his ex girldfri [...]

    24. Maria Chnoic on said:

      What a shame This was a big disappointment after starting so well The teenagers in this book were so beautifully imagined with all the flaws and empty spaces typical of kids from the adoption and foster systems I would have loved to have gifted this book to close family members young and old who would have seen themselves for once in literature However, the ending is of great concern and would and indeed similar endings have been in the past been a big trigger for at least two of these family me [...]

    25. Shannon (leaninglights) on said:

      What an amazing story It s been a minute since a YA contemporary had me so emotional for all the right reasons I laughed, I cried and I fell in love with each of these beautiful characters and their stories Great representation of addiction, LGBT, adoption and blended families, foster care, and second chances I highly recommend this to EVERYONE.

    26. Jen Ryland on said:

      I ve loved all Robin Benway s books But I have to admit, I wasn t super excited about reading this one based on the description, which made the book sound a little drama filled for my reading taste.And I was right it was, but in a good way.There aren t many issues this bookdoesn ttouch on The kids in the story have a lot to deal with Adoption, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, bullying, the foster care system, racism, divorce, self esteem and mental health issues, anger management issues It s a lot, b [...]

    27. Jaime Arkin on said:

      4.5 starsOh this book you guys I love Robyn Benway she just has a way of writing that digs into your heart and squeezes all the emotion and feels out I turned the final page of this book and I just didn t know what to think or feel or say It was just a beautiful story of love and friendship and family and finding the people you need at just the right time in your life Grace, Maya, and Joaquin are biological brother and sisters who suddenly are a part of each others lives They each have had very [...]

    28. Mckinlay on said:

      THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD i cried, guys CRIED I haven t cried at a book in a while I didn t know I still could Characters Grace Grace has just given up a baby for adoption which drives her to want to meet her bio mom She is going through so much grief in missing her child and it s honestly so sad to read about But Grace is incredibly strong, and is kind of the defacto leader of the siblings.Maya Maya is queer I didn t know that going in She s also probably the sibling most people aren t going to lik [...]

    29. Elizabeth☮ on said:

      My eighteen year old self would have loved to have access to this book I have a friend that gave a baby up for adoption a few months after we graduated high school I couldn t comprehend the decision she was making because it felt so huge A decision with which an adult would struggle and here she was facing forward with her eyes wide open I don t think I realized the emotional pain, the daily struggle, the constant turmoil taking place in her mind until I read this book I had to put it down after [...]

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