Hi all! With Summer almost over, it is time to review the books I’ve read over the Summer. You can read more about the list in this post, but for now I’m sticking to one book in particular: Far From The Tree by Robin Benway.

As I’ve said in the post linked above, I didn’t think it would be a light Summer read. And I was right. But before we dive into my review, let’s give you a synopsis on what the book is about:

After putting her own baby up for adoption, Grace 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.

Also read: Book review on Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

My thoughts on Far From The Tree

This book in one word: emotional. It’s been a while since I’ve cried while reading, but Far From The Tree definitely made me cry (which my boyfriend found very funny).

The writing style is so moving, that you cannot not feel connected to the three main characters. Every chapter, the viewpoint switched between Grace, Maya and Joaquin and that makes it so much easier to relate to all of them. They each have their individual problems, which makes meeting each other only more complicated.

This book is all about family – biological and not – and I like the way it’s addressed. I always like the family theme in books and this was one of the best. It addressed that you don’t need a blood bond to have a family, but also that sharing blood is special and important.

Though that family bond is the main theme, I find that the other themes are quite good too. The teen pregnancy and adoption of Grace’s baby let’s you see what it’s really like to do that. Maya shows you what it’s like to be adopted in a family where you’re definitely the odd one out and how to find your place in this world. And Joaquin’s story shows you the way it is in foster care, without glossing it over or making it worse.

Final rating

I love, love, love this book. So yes, 5/5 stars.

What is your favorite book about family?