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!

4 Comments

  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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