First, I just realized that the book I picked for last week’s Goodreads Monday, The Best Kind of Magic, is actually the first book I picked for a Goodreads Monday like a year ago. I honestly didn’t realize I already showcased the book (oops), I’ll be more careful about make sure I don’t repeat books in the future!
But I hope that those of you who are celebrating Christmas and Christmas Eve are having a great holiday!
As you’re all aware, today is Monday (at least it still is in the States) meaning it Goodreads Monday! For those of you not familiar with this meme, Goodreads Mondays originated on Lauren’s Page Turners’ blog. To participate, you just showcase a random book from your Goodreads page. The twist is that I’m only going to feature my TBR shelf (aka the “want to read “shelf) like many other people do so I guess it’s not that much of a twist, BUUUUUT, I’m also going to predict my star rating of the book! I’ve seen both Regan (PeruseProject) and Sam (Thoughts on Tomes) do 5 Star TBR Prediction YouTube videos and have been inspired to do a video or post but was struggling to find some 5-Star predictions. This is kind of my middle ground where I can predict my star rating and why and then revisit this post after I read it to see how close I actually was.
To pick the books for this, I’m putting my Goodreads want to read shelf number in a random number generator and letting fate pick the number for me. The lucky number for this week was 523 and as you can see from the title, the lucky book was Far from the Tree by Robin Benway.
Title: Far from the Tree
Author: Robin Benway
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
A contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment.
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.
Star Rating Prediction:
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 4/5
I’ve seen nothing but love for this book and it’s one I’m super excited to get to. I’ve been reading more hard hitting contemporary and have really enjoyed them. I hear that this one is super powerful and it’s one I’m hoping to enjoy.
When reading the synopsis, I think this is going to address some incredibly important aspects of adoption and what it means to be a family. I’m also expecting tears. This sounds like a book that can make me cry.
I’ve seen some contemporary lovers I trust adore this one! I’m going to try to read this one in February for the contemporaryathon (but don’t hold me to that).
Have you read Far from the Tree?
Let me know below!