Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

Book - 2017
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Sep 28, 2020

This book is very interesting, definitely one of my new favorites!

Gina_Vee Apr 10, 2020

This book reminds me so much of When We Found Home by Susan Mallery, but way better!

Aug 29, 2019

A touching story that strikes your heart. I read this book after my bedtime hours to finish the book.

Jul 25, 2019

The best fiction book I've read this summer! Love all the layers!

IndyPL_CarriG Jul 13, 2019

A sweet and emotional coming-of-age story about three very different teenagers trying to figure out where they fit in with their families and with each other. A great book for those who feel like the "other".

VaughanPLShelly Jul 08, 2019

Far From the Tree is a beautiful heart-wrenching story about three adopted teens who reunite. Each character handles the news of having biological siblings differently but they all agree to meet. Readers will be able to relate to all of the main characters and their unique personalities. I highly recommend this one!

ArapahoeMarie Aug 20, 2018

A story about 3 teens who were separated in infancy who find each other at crucial points in their lives. The relationships between the characters are beautifully written and very real. I laughed and cried in equal measure. Easily one of my favorite books in recent years.

Jul 07, 2018

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Right from the first page the reader is drawn in and sympathizes with the characters!! I love this book and felt like I joined I on the adventures the characters took and loved how vivid the story was in my mind!!!!!

Jun 05, 2018

This is the type of book you are disappointed when finished because you want it to keep going. The characters were interesting, complex and well drawn. Not always likeable which keeps it real. I didn't want to say good bye to these teens. The interesting dynamics at play with adopted children is explored well here. However, I thought the end wrapped things up just a little too neatly. A minor complaint however, the book is worth the time spent reading it.

JCLHebahA May 12, 2018

I described this to a friend as a "feelsy contemporary YA novel." And by feelsy, I mean I sniffled my way through the entire last third of the book, hurting for these characters and cheering for them when good things happened. Family is both blood and presence in this story, and it is a wonderfully hopeful story.

May 07, 2018

Far from the Tree is an amazing book about family, friends and life. Grace has always known that she was adopted, however after putting her own daughter up for adoption, Grace begins to wonder about her biological parents. Grace ends up finding her other two siblings, Maya and Joaquin. It’s always clear that brunnette Maya is different in her family of redheads, Grace and her become close immediately. Then they find Joaquin who has traveled between foster families never being adopted. The three of them meet weekly and talk about their lives together and eventually feel like they have always known each other. This book was a really great book about friendship and family, I think everyone over the age of fourteen should read this book! I was disappointed when the book ended because it felt like it should have continued, however, it was amazing. Rating- 4.5/5 stars. @Readit12 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This was a powerful, meaningful and emotional read, one that captured the essence and power of family. Grace is an only adopted child, until she discovers she has a younger sister and older brother. Maya is outspoken, unafraid to voice her opinions, while Joaquin takes every step carefully due to his rough past in the foster care system. All three meet and connect instantly, proving the bonds of family are strong and unbreakable. This book made me laugh, cry, feel. I think I’ll treasure this book forever. In Benway, I have found a new favourite author, and I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed with her other novel, “Emmy & Oliver - @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. “Far From the Tree” is a beautifully written book about an unconventional family. It features Joaquin, Grace and Maya three siblings who were separated at birth. While Grace and Maya were adopted into loving families, Joaquin was never adopted and put into foster care. The siblings create a unique bond as they learn more about each other and their mother. I adored this novel and I simply could not stop reading. It was touching to see the three of them warm up to each other and accept their flaws. In particular, I appreciated the witty humor as it was intertwined with the more intense, heartfelt parts of the novel. Altogether, this book highlighted the importance, no matter how unusual it may be, of family. I highly recommend this book to all readers, especially those looking for a fun, uplifting read. Rating 5/5 Stars.
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 28, 2018

This story about three siblings separated by adoption, there getting to know each other as teenagers and questioning if they should look for their birth mother.
Grace was the only child who was adopted at birth, After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family. Maya is her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about her new family . Joaquin is their older bio brother who has trust issues after seventeen years in the foster care system he’s learned that there are no heroes.I feel this book is interesting and heart warming I love watching the three siblings that were separated reunite once again.I would recommend this book for ages 13+ because of the language used in this book

vm510 Mar 12, 2018

A story about three siblings separated by adoption, getting to know each other as teenagers and questioning if they should look for their birth mother. I enjoyed this book, though some parts felt a bit overwrought for me (especially on audio). I think this would appeal best to a YA audience that enjoys sentimental reads.

Mar 08, 2018

Fantastic book! I read Emmy and Oliver by this author and really enjoyed it, but I'm blown away by how the author stepped her game up even more in this YA novel about siblings, adoption, abandonment, and all the different forms of family. Not only was the writing stellar, but this author got inside the heads of three children affected by abandonment, adoption and foster care. Although I cannot relate on a personal level, I did experience having many foster children in my home growing up. Therefore, I was fascinated and highly impressed by Benway's ability to characterize the emotions and beliefs shaped by each of the teens current and past circumstances, but especially Joaquin's. Overall, this author was able to tell a story from three POV's and give it the fullness and depth that I love in my reading. I'm so happy I listened to some favorable recommendations and picked this one up.

Feb 22, 2018

This is a story that focuses heavily on adoption, loss, and hope. The reader meets three teens, each a product of adoption and how they learn to live their lives after also learning they all have a similar secret. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2017, Far From the Tree is a transformative read that looks at the rawness of families, and how certain actions change lives.

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.

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.

JCLChrisK Jan 19, 2018

A moving exploration into the meaning of family from the perspectives of three half-sibling teens who have been separated since birth. They each have adoptive/foster families, romantic relationships, and dramatic events with which they're dealing, even before they discover and start reaching out to each other. They each experience many faces of love in different ways, along with the obstacles that interfere with connection. Their stories are personal, probing, and deeply affecting. An excellent choice when you feel like crying (in ways both good and bad).

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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