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Far from the Tree Review

Sheila Mwanda, Staff Writer

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After giving birth to her daughter and putting her up for adoption, sixteen -year-old Grace seeks to learn more about her own biological family. During her search, she finds out that she has an older brother, Joaquin, and a younger sister named Maya. As Grace readjusts to life post-pregnancy, she learns that family extends beyond who you live with or who you share blood with. As siblings, the three of them find a new sense of family and safety with in each other.

I would give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. Throughout the book, I enjoy that one can see how the characters grow and change as people. I also enjoy that each of the characters each have their own personal struggles throughout the book and they leaned on each other in order to get through them. However, Joaquin’s character is written to have less importance than Grace and Maya.

Through three different perspectives, laughter, tears and passion, Author Robin Benway beautifully extends the definition of family.

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3 Responses to “Far from the Tree Review”

  1. Cameron Myers on March 13th, 2018 12:14 pm

    This seems like a good book! I would recommend you find someone who has read the book and who hasn’t in the school and compare the 2 other sources to make your book analysis more supportive. I dont know what you were aiming for, but this is really good!

  2. Mackenzie Brey on March 19th, 2018 11:37 am

    Great review! Right to the point with partially impartial language! (Is that a thing?)

  3. Kylie Clifton on March 19th, 2018 12:30 pm

    I am familiar with the book, and am semi-new to the concept of a literary review. Despite my lack of familiarity, and for someone who has very particular when it comes to books, I appreciate your broadened review, to encapsulate the reader

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