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Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
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it was amazing
bookshelves: ya-realistic-fiction, tear-jerker

This was such a good book! But be warned, it is very emotional and I shed many tears during the latter part of the book, though it is not sad or depressing.

Sixteen-year old Grace has just given birth to a baby girl she has nicknamed "Peach", because that's the size the baby was when she first realized she was pregnant, and given her up for adoption to a wonderful couple who can give her the life that Grace can't. However, this triggers an interest in finding her own biological mother to let her know she had had a good life and is ok, now that Grace understands what it feel like to give up a child. Her search first leads her to a younger sister she never knew she had, Maya, who was adopted by a wealthy couple and lives just 20 minutes away. She and Maya then find their older brother Joaquin, who unfortunately has spent his childhood bouncing from one foster home to another.

The three siblings are initially a bit awkward with one another, and each is keeping a secret from the others. Over time, the three become very close and begin to open up to each other, bit by bit, and help each other deal with the hurts and fears and distrust that they harbor, particularly Joaquin, who has come to believe he is not worthy of love and does not trust it because of being rejected and abandoned by his mother, and a string of foster homes. The three finally agree to search for their biological mother together, and what they find is both tragic and wonderful.

I loved this story so much, the characters were so wonderfully real and flawed, and I loved seeing them gradually build relationships and help each other the way no one else could.
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Reading Progress

September 4, 2019 – Started Reading
September 5, 2019 – Finished Reading
September 6, 2019 – Shelved
September 6, 2019 – Shelved as: ya-realistic-fiction
September 6, 2019 – Shelved as: tear-jerker

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