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.
When Grace finds herself pregnant in high school she has to make the most difficult decision of her life. She chooses to place her baby up for adoption which makes her think of her own birth mother and why Grace herself was placed for adoption. Grace's parents are understanding and have already agreed to help Grace with anything she needs to find her birth family. In fact, they already know Grace has two siblings that were also placed for adoption and they have the information to contact them. Finally the three of them meet and get to know each other, the good and the bad. Now there's only one thing left to do. Find their birth mother.
This is the most beautiful book I've ever read. My eyes filled with tears during at least half the chapters. Far From The Tree is a new favorite and one I won't soon forget.
The writing in this book is absolutely incredible. The raw emotion in this book is so well done. You can feel the emotions of the characters from their ups to their downs. I smiled for them, I cried for them and by the time it was all over I was truly connected to each if the characters. In my real life I have a lot in common with Grace, and I feel the emotions written behind her character were represented so well. I was just blown away by how well written this entire novel was.
I honestly can't say enough good about this novel. It's incredible, it's fantastic, and I absolutely loved it. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hard hitting YA.
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