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Far from the Tree Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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★ “Family issues are neither airbrushed nor oversimplified. From the first page to the last, this compassionate, funny, moving, compulsively readable novel about what makes a family gets it right.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
★ “Equally heartwarming and heart-wrenching... Benway (Emmy & Oliver) delves into the souls of these characters as they wrestle to overcome feelings of inadequacy, abandonment, and betrayal, gradually coming to understand themselves and each other.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“Far from the Tree dives deep into themes of heartbreak and love, and presents a profound, emotional meditation on what it means to be family.” (Brightly.com)
“Far from the Tree is the kind of book that strikes close to a reader’s heart. I had to know what happened to Grace, Maya, and Joaquin, and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Beautiful.” (Ally Condie, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of the Matched trilogy)
“Far from the Tree is a touching story about the strength and love of unconventional families, and the unbreakable bond of siblings near and far. Robin Benway’s characters are authentically crafted, full of heart, hurt, and hope.” (Brandy Colbert, author of Pointe and Little & Lion)
PRAISE FOR EMMY & OLIVER: “Emmy & Oliver is wonderful. Funny, heartbreaking, and true... just like life. Robin Benway has written characters I felt like I’d known forever, and was so sad to see go. A must read.” (Morgan Matson, author of Since You've Been Gone)
“Robin Benway writes with her full heart. Emmy & Oliver is a genuinely sweet and funny novel bursting with the inextinguishable forces of love—between parents and children, distant and inseparable friends, new and reunited lovers.” (Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily Ever After Stephanie Perkins, New York Times bestselling author of Isla and the Happily)
★ “Benway examines split loyalties, the impact of confessionals, and how broken bonds can be mended. Benway’s intriguing premise and honest tone are a winning combination as she movingly portrays the growing trust between her characters.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
★ “At times heartfelt, funny, irreverent, and ultimately satisfying… a good choice for fans of Stephanie Perkins’s Anna and the French Kiss or any of Sarah Dessen’s novels.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
“Benway fearlessly examines the effects of loss and return from every perspective. Hope, confusion, frustration, and love coexist without shame as teens and parents come to grips with the realization that nothing stays the same no matter how desperately we want it to.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Robin Benway is the acclaimed author of the Also Known As series; Audrey, Wait!; and The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May & June. Benway's books have been published in sixteen languages, have won international awards, and have been bestsellers in several countries. Formerly a bookseller and book publicist, she lives in Los Angeles.
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It’s , after all, a story of coming together, love.
It is a story could be told in our time.
It was refreshing to read a YA book that didn't involve two main characters falling in love as the main plot. I loved that this book was about family, different types of families, how imperfect and dysfunctional they can be, but also, how much love exists.
I love this book so much that I want to carry it with me. I wish Joaquin, Grace and Maya were real so I could meet them and hug them all and tell them they deserve the best. I wish they hadn't had to suffer as much as they did but also know that what they went through led them to reunite in a moment where they needed family the most.
Far from the tree is by no means perfect, there were aspects that were left in an 'open-ending' kind of way (and I am not a pro open-ending person), I also wish the book could've had 200-300 pages more so I could've seen the new-found siblings interacting more; but Joaquin, Grace and Maya's stories have a place in my heart... I love them, I love this book and I can't wait to re-read it (oh yes, I will).
I had never heard of Robin Benway before but I am sure glad I took a chance and picked up FAR FROM THE TREE. Ms. Benway instantly hooked me and pulled me right in. Three teenagers who are dealing with adoption, bullying, alcoholism, teen pregnancy, racism, and so much more. FAR FROM THE TREE has it all. It is so raw you need to keep the tissues close by because your emotions are going to be on one crazy roller coaster ride.
FAR FROM THE TREE is the heartbreaking story of three biological siblings who have just met. Grace, the middle child, is dealing with the trauma of giving her newborn up for adoption. Maya, the youngest, is dealing wth the fallout of breaking up with her long term girlfriend. Her family is very supportive of her sexuality and she loves that, but she never really feels like she fits in with them. She tends to put up walls when people get too close. Joaquin the oldest is the hardest part of these siblings. While Grace and Maya were adopted, Joaquin spent most of his life in the foster care system, never truly feeling wanted or loved. Once the three of them meet, the way they reach out and support each other is so beautiful. I mean, they are basically strangers, but they have each other's backs. When Joaquin admits to his sisters that he doesn't feel worthy enough to feel love or have anyone love him, I was crying like a baby.
All the characters in FAR FROM THE TREE are very relatable and not perfect at all. You can't help but feel each emotion that these three siblings are dealing with. When one of them was happy, I was happy. When Grace was crying, I was crying too. I love when an author does that to their readers. Robin Benway grabs her readers by the heart and never lets them go. I truly was an emotional mess after reading this heart tugging story of sibling love and the battles they face. Now that I have read FAR FROM THE TREE and discovered Robin Benway, I'm excited to read more of this new to me, auto buy from now on author. If you are looking for a contemporary YA read that is filled with heavy subject matter, but still fills you with hope, please take a chance and read FAR FROM HOME.