Title: Far From the Tree
Author: Robin Benway
Country: United States
Genres: YA Contemporary
Synopsis: We follow the three stories by three teens who were all given up by their birth mother and find out they are related and form friendships.
Grace is 16 and was adopted as a baby and just gave birth to her own daughter that she gave up for adoption.
Joaquin is 17 and was placed in foster care after he was taken from his mom as a toddler and now lives with a family who want to adopt him.
Maya is 15 and was adopted as a baby right before her adoptive parents found out they were having their own biological child – something she’s struggled with accepting as she grows up.
The underlying plot of family, love, friendship and trust are well developed and the story definitely tugs at your heartstrings. I enjoyed the story and although it did not make me cry (like it did for my buddy reading partner), I can imagine that anyone who’s grown up outside of a “typical” family ideal could find themselves in any of the characters and be profoundly impacted by the stories.
Each story sheds light on the different life paths these three kids are on and how they interconnect once they meet. The book alternates between each of their viewpoints and does a good job of letting the reader into the mind of each teen and how they are struggling or dealing with situations based on their own experiences.
It wasn’t a mind blowing story for me and I don’t think I’ll remember it in the future, but it’s still a decent YA contemporary. I didn’t care for some of the writing style and the characters but I think that’s more personal preference than anything the author did wrong. Contemporaries, especially YA, are not my jam, so I am not surprised I wasn’t blown away by this.