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I bought it!
Previously reviewed by the same author:
Emmy & Oliver
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.
I had heard amazing things about Far From The Tree so I was super excited to read it. I’m really glad I made time for it, because it’s a wonderful story about family- both biological family and family you can create.
It centres around Grace, Maya and Joaquin. They are siblings who finally meet after being adopted and fostered. Grace is an only child who was adopted at birth. Maya was also adopted early in life but has a younger sister. Maya’s grown up in a family or red-heads and feels very different to her adoptive family. When she learns about Grace and Joaquin she is desperate to search for traces of her in her biological siblings. Joaquin is their older brother and he was never adopted. He’s spent years in the foster care system and has secrets to hide. When Grace wants to find their biological mother, Maya and Joaquin are not so sure. As they get to know each other better, the secrets/traumas they have experienced start to reveal themselves.
These three characters are simply wonderful. I loved all of them individually. I loved how they grew together over time and slowly got to know one another. It’s too hard to say more about them without giving away their stories. It’s such a lovely story about family. I can see why it’s getting the praise that it is.
I think the representation of adoption is really positive in this story. Grace and Maya are both treated especially well. Joaquin may have been in the foster care system but his experiences are mainly positive. It’s clear that the family he is with during the story clearly love and care for him which is lovely to read.
This book is definitely worth reading if you’re looking for a hopeful story about adoption!
Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars