Far From the Tree

Far From the Tree

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The "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"-- Amazon.
Grace, adopted at birth, is raised as an old child. At sixteen she's just put her own baby up for adoption, and now is looking for her biological family. She discovers Maya, her loudmouthed younger bio twin sister who was also adopted ; 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. Grace struggles to between cautious joy at having found them, and the true meaning of family in all its forms.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062330628
Branch Call Number: TEEN BENWAY
Characteristics: 374 pages ; 22 cm


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SnoIsleLib_Teen Oct 11, 2012

Three siblings separated by adoption/foster care meet for the first time, only to realize that their biological bonds run deeper than they could have ever expected. Can they support one another through the suddenly rough waters of each of their individual lives, or will the newness of their rela... Read More »

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ArapahoeMarie Aug 20, 2018

A story about 3 teens who were separated in infancy who find each other at crucial points in their lives. The relationships between the characters are beautifully written and very real. I laughed and cried in equal measure. Easily one of my favorite books in recent years.

Jul 07, 2018

This is one of my favorite books I have ever read. Right from the first page the reader is drawn in and sympathizes with the characters!! I love this book and felt like I joined I on the adventures the characters took and loved how vivid the story was in my mind!!!!!

Jun 05, 2018

This is the type of book you are disappointed when finished because you want it to keep going. The characters were interesting, complex and well drawn. Not always likeable which keeps it real. I didn't want to say good bye to these teens. The interesting dynamics at play with adopted children is explored well here. However, I thought the end wrapped things up just a little too neatly. A minor complaint however, the book is worth the time spent reading it.

JCLHebahA May 12, 2018

I described this to a friend as a "feelsy contemporary YA novel." And by feelsy, I mean I sniffled my way through the entire last third of the book, hurting for these characters and cheering for them when good things happened. Family is both blood and presence in this story, and it is a wonderfully hopeful story.

May 07, 2018

This was a powerful, meaningful and emotional read, one that captured the essence and power of family. Grace is an only adopted child, until she discovers she has a younger sister and older brother. Maya is outspoken, unafraid to voice her opinions, while Joaquin takes every step carefully due to his rough past in the foster care system. All three meet and connect instantly, proving the bonds of family are strong and unbreakable. This book made me laugh, cry, feel. I think I’ll treasure this book forever. In Benway, I have found a new favourite author, and I’m hoping I won’t be disappointed with her other novel, “Emmy & Oliver - @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I absolutely loved, loved, loved this book. “Far From the Tree” is a beautifully written book about an unconventional family. It features Joaquin, Grace and Maya three siblings who were separated at birth. While Grace and Maya were adopted into loving families, Joaquin was never adopted and put into foster care. The siblings create a unique bond as they learn more about each other and their mother. I adored this novel and I simply could not stop reading. It was touching to see the three of them warm up to each other and accept their flaws. In particular, I appreciated the witty humor as it was intertwined with the more intense, heartfelt parts of the novel. Altogether, this book highlighted the importance, no matter how unusual it may be, of family. I highly recommend this book to all readers, especially those looking for a fun, uplifting read. Rating 5/5 Stars.
- @goldendog of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 28, 2018

This story about three siblings separated by adoption, there getting to know each other as teenagers and questioning if they should look for their birth mother.
Grace was the only child who was adopted at birth, After putting her own baby up for adoption, she goes looking for her biological family. Maya is her loudmouthed younger bio sister, who has a lot to say about her new family . Joaquin is their older bio brother who has trust issues after seventeen years in the foster care system he’s learned that there are no heroes.I feel this book is interesting and heart warming I love watching the three siblings that were separated reunite once again.I would recommend this book for ages 13+ because of the language used in this book

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.

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