Title: Far From The Tree
Author: Robin Benway
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Teen Fiction
Page Count: 374
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 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.
Let’s Talk About It:
What an absolutely amazing contemporary! I went into it knowing that it has gotten rave reviews but I was amazed by how fantastic this story is!
I don’t feel I even have the words to express how fantastic this book is. It is touching, emotional, and somehow heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the same time. I went back and forth from crying from sadness to crying from happiness all throughout the novel.
It starts with Grace who is an only child, but she’s always known that she was adopted. But shortly after she gives birth to her own daughter while she’s still in high school, and gives the baby up for adoption, she decides that it’s time to start looking for her biological mother. And its through this that she learns that she has two biological siblings – an older brother (Joaquin) and a younger sister (Maya).
Maya is very blunt and very outspoken about everything. Shes grown up as the only brunette in a red headed family, so shes always kind of felt like an outsider in her own family. Especially since her younger sister was born not too long after their parents adopted Maya. We learn that her family is going through a very hard time because of her mothers alcoholism, so learning that she has other family comes at just the right time.
Joaquin hasn’t had the luck that the other girls have had. While they were adopted into loving homes as babies, he spent his life in and out of foster homes. He’s learned not to let his guard so that he doesn’t end up disappointed or hurt. So he tries his hardest not to let anyone get too close, even after meeting Maya and Grace.
Through the book, we get a deeper look into each of the siblings emotional and relationship issues, but it also shows us how much they have in common. But little by little, they let their walls down with one another and try to help each other deal with their issues.
I gave Far From The Tree a solid 5 star rating. I would 100% recommend this book to absolutely everyone! It was a really well written book. If you’re a fan of the tv shows Parenthood and This Is Us, or you just enjoy anything family centered then this is the book for you!