Far From The Tree by Robin BenwayFar From The Tree by Robin Benway

Far From The Tree

byRobin Benway

Hardcover | October 3, 2017

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National Book Award Winner, PEN America Award Winner, and New York Times Bestseller!

Perfect for fans of 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.

Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of Emmy & Oliver; the Also Known As series; The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June: and Audrey, Wait! Benway’s books have been published in sixteen languages, won international awards, and been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los...
Title:Far From The TreeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.21 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.21 inPublished:October 3, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062330624

ISBN - 13:9780062330628


Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW I found myself crying and laughing all throughout this book. It made me examine my own family dynamics. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great sibling story I really liked this story of siblings who found each other and learned what it means to have that kind of a relationship. I've been reading more YA literature lately, but I still found the dialogue of teenagers in this to be a little off.
Date published: 2018-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FEELS I’ve never read Robin Benway before, but this book reminded me a lot of Jandy Nelsen’s style of writing – warm, loving, and understanding. In Far From the Tree, a 16-year-old named Grace has just given up her baby for adoption. Grace knows she was adopted too but also knows she cannot take care of a baby at that stage in her life, and wants the best thing for the baby. Grace is happy with the way she was brought up, but with the emptiness that fills her after the birth, she’s inspired to find her birth mother. That’s when her adopted parents let her know that she actually has a half-brother and half-sister who were also given up for adoption. Maya is her younger sister, who doesn’t fit in with her adopted family, and Joaquin never left the foster system. When the three of them find each other, you just want to envelope them in a big bear hug. They each have very serious obstacles to deal with, but now they have people who can support and understand their specific situations. All I want to say about this book is just about how beautiful it was. It still feels fresh to me, so, dreamy sigh.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! Started this, thinking I could just read a chapter or two, and I could not put it down. I had to read the entire book. It is a multi-perspective narrative with chapters told from each character. Each voice is different, yet equally compelling. This is a story about the importance of knowing you belong to someone somewhere.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This was a fantastic book. Robin Benway really has created a treasure with this story. The book moves between Grace, Maya, and Joaquin's points of view. Three siblings who have only just met and who have very different stories. This a book about heartbreak and love. It's about discovery and fear. And most of all, it's about the true meaning of family. A must read. So far, my top pick in 2018!
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a good story As the blurb said, if you like This is us, you will like this
Date published: 2018-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This book is all about family and it was really good!
Date published: 2018-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok everyone had been telling me to pick this book up, and I had super high expectations. However, when I actually read it, I realized it was NOT worth it
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I need to re-read this, as I rushed through it the first time because I was busy, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ok An imaginative page-turner
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Amazing author with great character development.
Date published: 2017-12-10

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will appreciate the explorations of family, stigma, and vulnerability. Benway is looking to follow in the Caroline Cooney footsteps of smart, realism-grounded stories.”