Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

Inside cover blurb:

“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.”

-from publisher

Thoughts:

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Dead. I’m dead.

This book killed me.

Far from the Tree just won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and now I know why. This is one of the most heart-wrenching and beautiful stories I’ve ever read.

Usually in a book with multiple narrators, one stands out as my favorite and the others fall to the wayside. But there’s no way I could ever pick between Maya, Grace, and Joaquin. Their stories are all so unique and compelling. But sadly you know that they maybe aren’t so unique- there are kids out there with these stories and my heart breaks for them.

As sad as the book is, it’s also so uplifting. These three kids find out they’re siblings and meet for the first time….and end up becoming the family they were always meant to be.

I have to stop writing about this book now because I’m gonna cry.

But go read this right now, I promise you will love it.

Plus: You will laugh, you will cry, you will love every single character so hard. I dare someone to not like this book.

Minus: Obviously this book has no flaws. Refer to review above for evidence of its absolute perfection.

If you like this book, try:

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Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway- Idk about you, but I’m heading straight for Benway’s other heart breaker, Emmy and Oliver, the story of a brother reunited with his sister after being kidnapped by his father….oh boy, good thing I still have those tissues handy.

 

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