Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

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Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms -- how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062330628
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm


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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.

samcmar 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.

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.

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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