Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

Book - 2017
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National Book Award Winner and New York Times Bestseller!

Perfect for fans of NBC's "This Is Us," 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 find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

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.

Don't miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.

Publisher: New York :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062330628
Branch Call Number: FIC BENWA R

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OPL_KrisC
Feb 03, 2018

Far from the Tree is a young adult book about a young girl who has always known she was adopted and now has decided to put her own baby up for adoption. She is obviously going through a lot and trying to process things and decides that she wants to learn more about her own adoption and past. In the process, Grace finds out that she has two siblings whose adoption paths are very different from her own. This book really delves into sibling dynamics and how family good or bad affects your life.

Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Jan 29, 2018

I really didn’t like this book at first, but it got better. I ended up thinking it was okay. Joaquin, Grace, and Maya are three siblings with the same birth mother. They are reunited in their teens. The characters are complex, with each kid having their own serious set of issues. The biggest plot hole seemed to be that Grace was never mad at her parents for keeping her siblings from her. Grace had a lot of anger in the book, but didn’t seem angry that her parents had the opportunity to adopt both Joaquin and Maya and just didn’t want them. She’s annoyed that her parents didn’t mention she had siblings nearby, but she’s not angry that they actively kept her away from her siblings. Also, the writing was sloppy. I don't know how this book won a National Book Award. In the first chapter Grace can’t even remember handing over her baby, but late in the novel she does. There’s a breakthrough when Maya remembers a letter stamped Return to Sender with their birth mother’s address on it. Except in the very first chapter Grace’s parents gave her a letter sent to her birth mother, stamped Return to Sender. Grace never thought to look at that address? Another time Joaquin thinks he’s never seen people actually wring their hands like Grace does, but then his ex-girlfriend also wrings her hands while talking to him. These are just careless writing mistakes that an editor should have caught.

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Jan 03, 2018

This is a really nice story about family relationships. 3 siblings who were put up for adoption as babies, find each other as teenagers. All three main characters are unique and interesting and I enjoyed watching them build bonds of love and loyalty to each other as they navigated the messy emotions of their own individual lives.

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