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

  • Gaby

    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.

  • Gabby

    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.

    What I liked about this story is that all of the siblings have a very unique stor

    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.

    What I liked about this story is that all of the siblings have a very unique story of their own, revolving around some kind of major "problem" in their life. Grace just gave birth to a baby of her own and put it up for adoption (which is the reason why she goes about finding her birth siblings in the first place), Maya's parents are going through a divorce, and Joaquin has been in and out of foster homes his entire life, and he has trouble trusting people because he's never had a stable family.

    Joaquin is Mexican, and Maya is a lesbian, and I thought it was amazing to see both of those represented in this novel! I also really loved the feminist messages in this book, regarding Grace's character. I completely agree that it's a fucking shame that the world views

    and the way Max's family reacts to Grace's pregnancy and acts as if it's all

    fault, it's fucking ridiculous.

    While this story was incredibly

    at times, it was also kind of

    at times. All three of these characters are incredibly insecure, which is totally understandable considering their situations and all the shit they've gone through, but from a readers perspective, I got kind of irritated with this cycle of negative thinking from each of them over and over again. Especially Joaquin, he constantly thinks he's "ruining" everyone and everything, and he makes terrible decisions because he's so afraid to let himself be happy or he doesn't think he's good enough for anyone, and while I

    why he's like this, I couldn't help but get annoyed by his repetitive negative behavior. Another thing I didn't care for in this story is the romance: Maya and Claire, and Joaquin and Birdie. The romance just seemed

    , if you know what I mean, and I just didn't care about either relationship. I didn't care whether they ended up together or not,

    in my opinion.

    This book is an incredibly moving and emotional story about family, but it was missing that

    that would make this a five star read. It definitely reminds me of the tv show This Is Us (that I'm freaking obsessed with by the way), but just not as good unfortunately.

  • 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.

  • Alexis  (TheSlothReader)

    4.5 stars

    This 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

    4.5 stars

    This 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 heart every chapter since she was dealing with the aftermath of having given up her newborn baby for adoption. Joaquin, the oldest, had such a sad story and watching him undergo a healing process with Grace and Maya's help was so beautiful. This book is a quiet novel that packs such an emotional punch as it deals with family and overcoming the ways in which people have wronged you in order to conquer your past.

    I didn't give it full marks because there were certain parts when I was invested in some characters more than others, but I highly recommend this book.

  • Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)

    lmao I literally know nothing about this book but of my Five friends who have read it I think all of them five starred?

    BR with my

    fave

  • 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

    -

    Excuse me while I go cry again

    5 stars!!

    with

  • Susan

    Far From The Tree

    Robin Benway

    I 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 more. 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 stor

    Far From The Tree

    Robin Benway

    I 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 more. 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 biological siblings who have just met. Grace, the middle child, is dealing with the trauma of giving her newborn up for adoption. Maya, the youngest, is dealing wth the fallout of breaking up with her long term girlfriend. Her family is very supportive of her sexuality and she loves that, but she never really feels like she fits in with them. She tends to put up walls when people get too close. Joaquin the oldest is the hardest part of these siblings. While Grace and Maya were adopted, Joaquin spent most of his life in the foster care system, never truly feeling wanted or loved. Once the three of them meet, the way they reach out and support each other is so beautiful. I mean, they are basically strangers, but they have each other's backs. When Joaquin admits to his sisters that he doesn't feel worthy enough to feel love or have anyone love him, I was crying like a baby.

    All the characters in FAR FROM THE TREE are very relatable and not perfect at all. You can't help but feel each emotion that these three siblings are dealing with. When one of them was happy, I was happy. When Grace was crying, I was crying too. I love when an author does that to their readers. Robin Benway grabs her readers by the heart and never lets them go. I truly was an emotional mess after reading this heart tugging story of sibling love and the battles they face. Now that I have read FAR FROM THE TREE and discovered Robin Benway, I'm excited to read more of this new to me, auto buy from now on author. If you are looking for a contemporary YA read that is filled with heavy subject matter, but still fills you with hope, please take a chance and read FAR FROM HOME.

  • Jen Ryland

    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 book

    touch on. The kids in the story have a

    to deal with. Adoption, teen pregnancy, alcoholism, bullying, the foster care system, racism, divorce, self-esteem and mental health issues, anger management issues. It'

    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 book

    touch on. The kids in the story have a

    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, but I'm sure there are kids out there who've been through as much as the three kids -- all relinquished for adoption by the same bio mother -- who narrate this story. The underlying theme of the story is family -- mainly sibling relationships, but parent/child relationships too. I loved that the book showed that family can take so many different forms.

    I've read YA books that deal with adoption, but never one quite like this.

    looks at all different aspects of the process, from the mothers who put their babies up for adoption to the adoptive parents, to siblings connected through adoption.

    (I loathed Grace's parents, though, after I found out they knew she had a sibling when they adopted her but "just couldn't" take him too and, even worse, DID NOTHING TO CHECK TO MAKE SURE HE'D BEEN ADOPTED OR TO KEEP THE TWO IN TOUCH. There is no excuse; they are TERRIBLE. The book made bad excuses for their behavior but I was having none of it.)

    At times really heartbreaking, at times really funny, this book and its characters will definitely tug at your heartstrings. Definitely recommended for those who love contemporary books that have you laughing one minute and tearing up the next. And for fans of

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    I received a free advance copy of this book from the publisher for possible review.

  • Lior

    I don’t remember who but someone said this is like This Is Us but in a book. honestly, that’s all I need to know.

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