Monday, December 18, 2017

REVIEW: Far from the Tree by Robin Benway - 5 stars

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 10:00 AM
Title: Far from the Tree
Genre: YA Contemporary + Adoption&Teen Pregnancy
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication: October 3rd 2017
Cover Rating: 5/5
Reading format: Owned Hardback

Far From the Tree is the story of three siblings who were put up for adoption and find each other when they are teenagers. The story is more about the middle sibling, Grace. She just put her baby up for adoption and wants to find her siblings and birth mother after the fact. We get to follow the teens on their journey to become a family and the entire story around the situation is beautiful and brought a lot of tears to my eyes.

Grace just had a baby. She thought she was in love and ended up pregnant and the guys parents said he has a future and this child will ruin it. So... Grace did what she thought was best for her baby. This situation brought forth a lot of feelings and Grace decides she wants to find her birth mother. But finding her birth mother isn't that simple, especially when she finds out she has siblings. Those siblings make her a middle child when she is used to being and only child.

The relationship these guys form with each other is quick, powerful and beautiful. I actually wasn't expecting them to become attached to each other so quickly. Joaquin was the one I was worried about. He didn't seem like the type to get attached to people and we definitely learned why he seemed like that. Maya became attached very quickly because she was already having some iffy feelings about her family and where she belonged. 

I think the saddest part about this entire story was Joaquin's side. He thought he was this horrible person because of some accident and he didn't think he deserved to be loved and thought he would hurt people again. The next saddest part was when they went to  find their birth mother. That part just ripped my heart out. 

The end of this book made me cry. Joaquin deserves the best life. Maya finally figured out how she felt about her mother and her sister made her realize that she IS part of the family. And Grace made a very adult decision regarding her daughter and the adoption agreement. Grace was such a brave character and I believe she did what was best for everyone involved. I just hope she feels the same and knows that she is a good person.

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.


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