Far from the Tree Book Review

Goodreads Summary: 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. 

Thoughts: Grace is a teenage mother who selected a nice family for her daughter and opted for an open adoption. Maya is a lesbian teenager who has been adopted by a couple who has another daughter. Joaquin is the eldest of the three who has gone from foster home to foster home and is now at a home in which the parents wish to adopt him. They all come together because Grace decides to search for her siblings after giving up her daughter and wants to find their birth mother.

There were so many things that I really enjoyed about this book from the plot line down to each individual character. I really enjoyed how this book discusses many topics from adoption, foster care, teenage pregnancy, and more.

I love how they don’t shy away from any of the emotions that come with some of these topics and you get to see each of the characters hit a breaking point. You get to see Grace have strong feelings about her parent’s choice to give up her baby. You see both Maya and Joaquin struggle with allowing anyone to love them, and you see Joaquin push away others in fear of himself.

I liked how there was one plot line that brought them all together but you also got a story for each individual character. I like how each was introduced at first without the character’s voice so you weren’t so sure who was narrating the story. We had a diverse range of characters which really added to the plot as they interacted with each other and tried to figure out how they fit into each other’s lives. I also like how these characters are so different from each other but they have similar tendencies.

I recommend this to those of you who enjoy Young Adult novels or those who are looking for a quick emotional read.

You can find this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.

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