Far from the Tree

Title: Far from the Tree

Author: Robin Benway

Published: October 3rd, 2017

Pages: 384

Genre: Young Adult Novel & Realistic Fiction

Publisher: Harperteen 

Listened to on Audible 


Goodreads Description: 

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 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.



When I looked into the eyes of after a long and excruciating labor and c-section I knew it was a new kind of love. A love I had never felt before, all of my hopes and dreams seeped from my soul into her tiny hands. I knew that she was now my life. Trying to imagine giving up my child was unfathomable and is something I won’t have to ever experience. That is one of the many reasons I love to read, it gives me a small insight into another person’s experiences, broadening my ability to be empathetic and understanding. Robin did a wonderful job at portraying the lives of three teens who found their families through a more unconventional journey.  Robin allowed us to see into the world of adoption and foster care, things I wish we talked more openly about. Life isn’t about walking in a straight line to the finish, it’s the twists and turns that help us grow along the way.

Things I enjoyed about this book: 

When authors follow multiple characters, sometimes it can be hard to keep up with each story, this wasn’t the case. I was able to easily follow Grace, Maya, and Joaquin. I loved how their lives began to intertwine and could sense the strength of their sibling relationship by the end. Far from the Tree had me feeling a range of emotions up until the last page. It has been compared to the show “This is Us,” on NBC, and I can see the comparison. I thought the character development was well done and left me with a feeling I knew each one by the end!

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

I can’t think of anything at this point, but if I do, I will add it!



I would give Robin Benway’s newest novel 5 out of 5 bird feathers. It had me from the start all the way to the last page. The characters became my friends, and was happy with their happily ever afters. The idea of learning more about adoption and the foster care, even it is fiction, helped me understand the aspects I had never even considered. Overall, it is a great read or listen!

Parent’s Guide:

This book did contain foul language, a lot of F%$# throughout the book, and it discussed teen pregnancy, which every parent should be open about with their teenagers. Overall, I didn’t think it would be fine for a teenager to read with a great message about family.


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