Far From The Tree Review

Ebook, 374 Pages
YA/ Contemporary
By: Robin Benway
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟.5

β€œThat’s what parents do. They catch you before you fall. That’s what family is.”

🌟 I have heard a lot of good things about this book, I also heard that it is a great book about family and I really really wanted to read something about family! I read contemporaries mostly as a change from the heavier fantasy books. I usually pick fluffy and light contemporaries but I also like those that are supposed to give you all the feelings.

🌟 I don’t know how to say this, but if I was a tree, my feelings would have been far from the tree (captain bad puns strikes again), I did not feel what I was supposed to be feeling. it took me more than half of the book to even start caring about any of the characters and that is quite a problem for me. This is a book about humans so the characters should be what stand out most for me!

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Baby Groot says Hi

🌟 I also went with slightly different idea about what this book will be. it focused more on adoption which is a rare thing in my community so I can’t say that I relate to the subject as others would. Of course it is an important subject and I am glad that a book took the time to shed light on it!

🌟 The writing was not actually bad, not bad at all! I liked quite a few quotes but it is just a matter of getting into the story that was hard! I don’t know if I am that cold hearted or if it was really flat? I know many liked the books and that I am minority here and that is kind of reassuring for those who are still willing to read it!

β€œThe older she got, the more human her parents seemed, and that was one of the scariest things in the world. She missed being little, when they were the all-knowing gods of her world, but at the same time, seeing them as human made it easier to see herself that way, too.”

🌟 My rating is still good because the second half was good and once more things started happening and I was invested into the story, I found myself really enjoying it. I like how things concluded at the end and I am not gonna say much because this is spoiler free.

🌟 Summary: I can break up the book into two halves, a first half that was hard to get into with flat characters and a second half that was better in all aspects! I had a bit of high expectations for this which would account for my mild disappointment but it is still an enjoyable ride!


  1. (hope it’s okay that i’m commenting here 10 days after you posted it lol)
    i love that you mentioned this quote, because it was a really powerful one i loved as well. it’s actually a feeling i’ve had for a really long time, but had never been able to put into words. seeing your parents as humans can be very liberating, but also incredibly scary, and i don’t know exactly how to feel whenever i see more of their “human” side in a sense.
    i’m glad you still enjoyed it, especially the last half. even though i was into the story since the beginning, i definitely feel like the halfway point is when the book changed from a 4 to a total 5 stars for me. seeing the characters coming together to figure out once in for all what happened with their mom was a really powerful moment and it meant a lot, especially for joaquin, and since he’s my favorite character, i loved the closure that it had for him and how it allowed him to finally see a future for himself having a better understanding of his past.

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  2. of course it is okay, thanks for taking the time to read it! It may have been a 4 stars for me but I am very stingy when it comes to ratings so it is a very good and very important book. I am glad you loved it and Joaquin was my favorite too!

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  3. Hahaha, I liked your pun. πŸ™‚ I’m sorry that the characters were so flat in the first half of the book, and didn’t incite many feelings from you! It’s honestly pretty difficult to get into a character-driven story when the characters are difficult to connect with. Great review!

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