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, 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 l...

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Far from the Tree Reviews

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Omg. So touching. I cry 😭

  • Alexa

    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.

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    That was... unexpected.

    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

    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.

    This book revolves around three siblings, each with their own conflicts.

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    has recently

    That was... unexpected.

    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

    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.

    This book revolves around three siblings, each with their own conflicts.

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    has recently given birth and put a girl up for adoption. Ostracized at school and by her ex-boyfriend, she’s trying to fit in.

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    is living with divorcing parents and a dysfunctional home situation. And also her first girlfriend.

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    is a foster child trying to decide whether to trust his maybe adoptees.

    And guess what:

    I don’t want to give away much about this book, because it’s one best experienced. But if I were to sum this book up, it feels so

    . With such fantastic characters, the friendship and family element totally stands out.

    This book feels so personal, and so emotional, but also so

    . It’s the perfect tone for this kind of story. Would highly, highly recommend.

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  • Hollis

    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.

  • maybelline™

    I 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 them

    AND THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY AND ITS AMAZING AND PERFECT AND SO SPECIAL

    - 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 b

    I 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 them

    AND THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY AND ITS AMAZING AND PERFECT AND SO SPECIAL

    - 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 matter what and damn boi that’s some hardcore loyalty

    - I loved how the book expressed how dysfunctional families can be, but that doesn’t make them any less important

    - Damn im really getting sappy but I CANT HELP IT THIS BOOK MAKES ME LIKE THIS

    - So much character development

    - So much multi-layered characters

    - It feels so bloody real

    - Okay so listen, I cried….like a lot…its NOT my fault these KIDS, THEY KILLED ME theyre so precious and sweet darling little teddy bears and they hurt my heart

    - I literally had to stop reading more than once just to contain myself bc I was just not doing well with the feels

    - Robin benway is hilarious and I want to be her friend

    - RAFE MY SWEET SUN CHILD, I NEED MORE ON RAFE PLEASE THAT’S ALL I ASK

    - I really really really loved how the whole thing with the mom was handled, wow, you got me robin benway, I was properly surprised

    - Also this is a contemporary but like benway shooks you up so many times, legit from the first paragraph you will be like !!??!!???!11?!1?!!??!

    - And like it deals with SO MANY important and serious topics

    - But still manages to perfectly balance that with the humour and cuteness

    - The conversations between the siblings were literally me and my brothers like I relate so hard I had to punch a pillow

    - Maya’s sarcasm/humour tho, girl, yes

    - So just like please read it because its beautiful and funny and sweet and it hurts so much

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    Excuse me while I go cry again

    5 stars!!

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  • Ken

    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). Gra

    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 being bullied in school because she had a child and thus, to the tormentors, is a "slut." Maya is the requisite (for YA these days) LGBT character with a rapier wit and a mouth that won't quit. Joaquin is the angry young man (cue Billy Joel).

    All told, it gets a bit old as it heads for the high 300s. And it suffers two peculiar YA problems -- coincidences and "perfect" characters (often boyfriends--in this case, Grace's understanding and oh-so-sensitive bf Rafe whose humor looks too similar to Maya's, truth be told).

    Enjoyable in its way. A bit bloated in its way. Talky in the typical way. And they all live happily ever after *sob*....

  • Hannah Greendale

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  • emma

    well this book was a sucker punch right in the heart.

  • Suzanne

    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!

  • Larry H

    4.5 stars for this one.

    Robin Benway's

    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 more of a roadblock than the things we do.

    At times this book had me like:

    4.5 stars for this one.

    Robin Benway's

    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 more of a roadblock than the things we do.

    At times this book had me like:

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