FAR FROM THE TREE BY ROBIN BENWAY BOOK REVIEW

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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.

Don’t miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Robin Benway is a National Book Award-winning and New York Times-bestselling author of six novels for young adults, including Audrey, Wait!, the AKA series, and Emmy & Oliver. Her books have received numerous awards and recognition, including the PEN America Literary Award, the Blue Ribbon Award from the Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books, ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults, and ALA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults. In addition, her novels have received starred reviews from KirkusBooklist, and Publishers Weekly and have been published in more than twenty countries. Her book Far from the Tree won the 2017 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the 2018 PEN America Award and was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, PBS, Entertainment Weekly, and the Boston Globe.

Robin grew up in Orange County, California, attended NYU, where she was the 1997 recipient of the Seth Barkas Prize for Creative Writing, and is a graduate of UCLA. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

QUEENIE’S REVIEW

Far from the Tree is about three biological siblings who have been raised in three separate homes. After giving her baby up for adoption, Grace is desperate to find her biological mother. During the story, she discovers she has two siblings: Joaquin and Maya. Grace and Maya were each adopted at birth. Joaquin was raised in the foster care system. As they get to know each other, the siblings begin to discover their similarities, their differences, and what family really is.

 

Maya is  identified as lesbian and her family being totally accepting. Joaquin, one of our three narrators, is half Mexican and has been in the foster care system for his entire life. Grace  is pregnant at 16 and deals with some depression after giving up her baby for adoption. Most importantly, the book deals with divorce, alcoholism,race, adoption, teen pregnancy and violence. 

 

This story was very well written and engaging.  I really enjoy all three characters and their families.  I recommend this book and I five it 5 stars.
TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK:  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062330632/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

 

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