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 loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about their newfound ...

Details Far from the Tree

TitleFar from the Tree
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews Far from the Tree

  • Emma Giordano
    What an absolutely amazing contemporary novel. I am truly BLOWN AWAY by how fantastic this story is. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone.CW: teen pregnancy, adoption, foster care system, alcoholismI don't feel I even have the words to express how fantastic this book is. It is touching, emotional, heart-warming and heart-wrenching at the exact same time. Far From The Tree is one of those books that causes you to have a weight on your ches...
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    4.5* This was so well done! The writing was great and I truly felt for the characters and their struggles. I will admit I did struggle a bit with a suspension of disbelief just in regards to the fact that the mother had 3 kids in a very short period of time when she was extremely young. But, that was a very minor thing. Overall I thought this book was really good!
  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
  • Lola
    Hello Goodreaders, it is I, the Black Sheep. Missed me?(No.)Just yesterday I was telling myself how wonderful my reads have been lately. And voilà! I have jinxed myself instantly. I tried, I really did. Then I tried some more, because I am familiar with this author, but alas nothing.Nothing. My heart feels nothing. It should be devastated or filled with admiration or, I don’t know, just *feel* something. Goddamn, why can’t you feel something...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    🌟full review posted on blog!That was... unexpected. Far From the Tree is an exploration of family, the one you find and the one you're born into. Great concept, right? But I definitely did not guess just how good this would be. A story like this is one that can only succeed based off stellar character work, and my expectations for character work in contemporary is often quite low. But this was so lovely.This book revolves around three siblings...
  • Larry H
    4.5 stars for this one.Robin Benway's Far from the Tree recently won the National Book Award. It's a beautiful, thought-provoking tearjerker of a book, a meditation about family and its different forms, as well as the fears we don't share with those we love, and how what we don't say is often more of a roadblock than the things we do.At times this book had me like: While at other times it had me like: Grace is an only child, although she's alwa...
  • may ❀
    Sap Warning 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 themokay im done my sap – grossAND THIS BOOK IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY AND ITS AMAZING AND PERFECT AND SO SPECIAL kermit gets me- BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL and honest sibling rep. this was done so sosososooso well- Theyre annoying and irritating and you wa...
  • Elyse Walters
    Library overdrive Audiobook...narrated by Julia Whelan...... .......Julia is a ‘book-reading-pro’!!! I’d go out of my way to listen to books read by her. She’s really terrific....making each character come ALIVE with very distinct personalities. I completely agree with the publishers summary of this National Book Award Winner.... “Perfect for fans of NBC’s “THIS IS US”, ( I am a fan), Robin Benway’s beautiful interweaving story ...
  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
    RATING: 5/5"Seventeen years is a long time to wait for a family''This book is an example of why I need the Goodreads Rating Scale to be bigger. On a scale of 1 to 10, definitely a 10!Robin Benway is an amazing writer. I could not put this book down. I was reading it at school in-between classes, in the car (which I NEVER do) and I think at one point I actually read while walking. I think it’s safe to say I was obsessed.This is the story of thre...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Damn, that was beautiful.
  • emma
    Okay. First, we must talk about the most important thing, and that is that cover. Holy sh*t that thing is beautiful. Man oh man. I hate myself for reading this as an ebook out of excitement instead of waiting to buy a copy. I’m way too materialistic for this BS.Now we can talk about the actual contents.I first heard about this book because it won the National Book Award for Young Adult Literature, and I was doing a very grown-up blog post for t...
  • Yusra ✨
    reread #1: i’m honestly in tears. like i can’t even explain how good this book is. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. and it’s saving my reading challenge so yeet 5 stars ✨ "Seventeen years is a long time to wait for a family." I can't express in words how much I loved this book. It was just what I needed, everything I wanted and so much more . It's been a loooong time since I've had a 5 star read (actually, I think this is my first 5 star of 2018? co...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    Omg. So touching. I cry 😭
  • Ann Marie (Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine)
    You can read this and all of my reviews at Lit·Wit·Wine·Dine. Far From the Tree took me far out of my comfort zone in the most excellent way! It’s only the second audiobook I’ve listen to till the very end and it’s YA.Here’s what I loved:The Characters – Grace, Maya, and Joaquin were well-developed characters to love. They’re all basically good kids carrying more baggage than most adults could bear. Some of their baggage is shared ...
  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    OH FUCK THIS WAS SO GOOD.this was emotional and put my heart through the wringer.this won the national book award for a reason and it's an all time favorite.family stories are always a favorite of mine and this was just incredible.i really wanted to read this originally because it was compared to This Is Us and that is one of my all time favorite shows and JESUS IT IS SUCH A GOOD COMPARISON in terms of family and feels and just UGH OMG I HAVE TOO...
  • Glitterbomb
    So, I may or may not have shaken the the shit out of this thing and yelled WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN!!! WHY AREN'T THERE MORE BOOKS LIKE YOU IN THE WORLD!!This thing had be sobbing, and laughing, and sobbing while laughing, and tearing my hair out, and more sobbing, and yelling "How did you know?!?!" I swear there's not a box of tissues or a roll of toilet paper left in the house.I am emotionally done. I'll write a review later after I put myself back ...
  • Sarah
    This book was so beautiful and so lovely. I would recommend it to everyone, I thought it was so heart-warming, but also so heart-breaking at times. Seriously guys, read this! It's one of those books that makes you feel so many things and it takes serious willpower for me not to recommend this to everyone I come across. Once I finished this book, I realised it actually dealt with so many issues and it was done so eloquently. Sometimes when books d...
    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.
  • Joce (squibblesreads)
    3.75 starsI enjoyed this a lot, and I honestly didn’t know much about it going in. The topics of teen pregnancy and adoption were covered in multiple characters’ arcs, giving the topics depth and multiple stories/perspectives within one story. The parents also weren’t absentee or placeholder parents, which is a pet peeve of mine.There was a lot of dialogue and it’s totally a preference thing, but I prefer books that are less dialogue heav...
  • Suzanne
    So beautiful! I loved this book so much. This is a story about three siblings who have been fostered and adopted by separate families very early in their lives, and shows readers the many definitions family can have. I adored every minute of reading this book! Overall, love the characters, the story, and the meaning behind this entire book!
  • Tatiana
    It’s a perfectly fine feel-good novel about adoption and sibling love, with abundance of compassionate people and HEA for all. A bit too sentimental, simplistic and tear-jerky for my taste.Reminded me of Sara Zarr’s novels, but less nuanced.
  • 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.
  • beth
    reread 7/11/18i loved it even more than the first time i read it if that’s possible. can’t wait to reread it again next year, one of my favourite books ever 😭💛————————————— Rating - 5 stars. Okay wow this book is beautiful. This story follows three siblings who have been separated - adopted & fostered - when they were younger into different families. It has such amazing and honest representation of family, fri...
  • Ken
    3.5 star lights, star brights. This winner of the National Book Award is an old-school weepie bringing together three siblings who have been adopted (except for one still in foster care) by different families. The chapters rotate between each, beginning with Grace, a teenaged mom who just gave up a child herself to adoption (and the wheels spin inexorably). She comes to know younger sister Maya, and eventually THEY come to know older brother Joaq...
  • Donalyn
    I haven’t cried so much reading a book in a long time. Beautiful.
  • Maram
    BookTubeAThon Day 6: Book #4 📚I heard that this book is a tear-jerker so hit me with all of the emotions, I'm readyish
  • Amelia
    There was only one major thing that I did not like about this book and that was Joaquin. I did not like him as a character. I disagreed with a lot of the things he did and just personally did not connect with him. Other than that I did really enjoy this book. I loved how it was written from 3 different perspectives but none of the narrative was repeated. Highly recommend the read.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    A heartwarming story of family, identity and discovering your place in the world. This the second of Robin Benway’s books I’ve read and it didn’t disappoint. Her writing is so comfortable to read, her stories easy to follow and her characters are undeniably quick to warm to. I throughly enjoyed the multitude of topics this book covered, whilst simultaneously keeping them intertwined but not overwhelming the plot with ‘too much’. I thoug...
  • Alexis (TheSlothReader)
    4.5 starsThis 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 hi...