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Far from the Tree
Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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Perfect for fans of NBC's "This Is Us," Robin Benways beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its formshow to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it. 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, shes quick to search for traces of herself among these not-quite-strangers. And when her adopted familys long-buried problems begin to explode to the surface, Maya cant 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, hes learned that there are no heroes, and secrets and fears are best kept close to the vest, where they cant hurt anyone but him. Don't miss this moving novel that addresses such important topics as adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care.
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Soubhiville
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This is the second book I‘ve read in the past couple weeks about adopted siblings living with different families. Book kismet?

Grace and Maya were adopted as babies by different families and Joaquin spent his childhood in the foster system. As teens they find out about each other and meet.

I absolutely loved this, it‘s a tear-jerker towards the end. The new relationships the kids form, plus the existing ones they had, are perfectly depicted.

GirlNamedJesse I loved this one, too!! ❤️ 1d
BarbaraJean Oh, I loved this one, too!! It was on a #NewYearWhoDis list I received a couple years ago… and I‘m pretty sure I put it on the list I passed along the following year! 1d
TheLudicReader Such a good book. 1d
Soubhiville @TheAromaofBooks this was my #bookspin this month 😁📚 6h
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BookKenz
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What a beautiful story of siblings. It's been a minute since a book made me cry... ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Niharika87
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Book Two of 2022 done.!! Felt a lot of emotions throughout this read.!! I love books with complex characters.. also who doesn't like happy endings..!! The love between the siblings..!! This book makes you laugh, cry and enjoy it all..!! A very comforting read! ❤️❤️

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Soubhiville
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I participated in LibraryThing‘s Santa Thing swap this year mainly because my local indie was one of the participating book stores. I opened these 4 YA titles this morning. Jason Reynolds is an #AuthorAMonth this year, so that‘s perfect! Thank you Santa!🧑‍🎄 😊🎄
#SantaThing #LibraryThing

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 📚💚🎄 9mo
Hooked_on_books Nice! Long Way Down and Far From the Tree are both superb—I think you‘ll enjoy both. 9mo
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IhoardBOOKS
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Three siblings get in touch with one another after realizing that one another exists, adopted (or in Joaquin‘s case foster care) at young ages they‘ve all been recently made aware of one another. It‘s a beautiful story of family, connection and love. I was surprised at how often I found myself crying throughout this book, I‘m not usually a crier.

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canbku
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Ugly tears... Feeling so many feels

LiteraryinLawrence Yessssss. I remember feeling that way too. 💗 1y
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canbku
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Based on a friend rec. Let's see how this adventure in genre goes!

Cvfrailing This gets rave reviews!! Let me know how it is. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I really liked this one! I hope you do too! 1y
KarinWestbrook It‘s a favorite of mine! Hope you enjoy it. 1y
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BarbaraJean
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#NewYearWhoDis book number two is another pick.😊 Following giving up her baby for adoption, Grace looks for her own biological mother, which leads to her discovering two half-siblings, Maya & Joaquin. I was really impressed by the emotional depth here, as well as the varied perspectives it offered on experiences around adoption. I felt so deeply for each of the three as they navigated their own struggles as well as what it means to be siblings.

BarbaraJean And thanks to @4thhouseontheleft for recommending it to Megan for #NewYearWhoDis last year! 2y
MeganAnn Yes!! I felt the same way about this one... I was so happy @4thhouseontheleft had it on her list because I don‘t think I would have come across it otherwise. 😍 2y
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BarbaraJean
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I started this audiobook yesterday, to motivate me to get some cleaning done around the house while I was listening. And I‘m enjoying it so much that I‘m already almost 4 hours in. (Confession: I did not spend all of that time cleaning...😂) #NewYearWhoDis

MeganAnn This was an unexpected love for me off last year‘s #newyearwhodis list from @4thhouseontheleft Glad you‘re enjoying it so far? 2y
alisiakae I‘m glad to see the love for this book continuing on! 2y
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ItsAnotherJen
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Excellent YA book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Highly recommend. I couldn't put it down.
It's about adoption, teen pregnancy, and foster care from all different angles. It's about family.

It would be a great book for anyone to read.

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Katies_always_booked
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August #readingwrapup #bookreport
Light month for me, you can tell I went back to work! #teacherlife

Favorites:
📖 Happy & You Know It
📖 Far From the Tree
🎧 G‘Morning, G‘Night

Duds:
🎧 Serpent & Dove
📖 We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

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Eggs
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For Grace, an only child who was adopted at birth, discovering that she is in fact a middle child is a different ride altogether.
#foundfamily #tropesinaugust @Klou

Butterfinger This book truly made me cry. 2y
Missusb 💓 this 📚 2y
Eggs @Butterfinger @Missusb ❤️🤗💗 2y
Klou Great choice! 2y
Eggs Thanks 🙏🏻 @Klou 2y
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rebbyj
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Beautiful.

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Karisa
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All the Stars and Teeth was fantastic and is now on its way to @Lauranahe. ♥️ Now, I am gulping down Far from the Tree (thanks, @TheBookkeepers). It's a really good read. I don't think I would have chosen it on my own, so I am very thankful you did, @kellyann28! Thankful for my awesome #LMPBC group!

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TheBookKeepers
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I had some issues with parts since I have such a deep personal connection to adoption & this author did not. But overall I enjoyed this one & she did nail certain aspects! Great pick @Lauranahe I‘ll mail this out today @Karisa @kellyann28 #lmpbc

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TheBookKeepers
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Mother‘s Day feels like an appropriate day to start this one! #lmpbc @kellyann28 @Lauranahe @Karisa

kellyann28 That book sleeve!!! 🍩 🍩 2y
TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 Katie made it for me!!!! @Kharp 2y
kellyann28 Love it! I've been contemplating trying to make my own! 2y
TheBookKeepers Oooo!! Well if you do I‘ll contribute $$$ 😍😍😍 @kellyann28 2y
Lauranahe That‘s amazing! I freaking love donuts. 2y
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alisiakae
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With remote learning, reading breaks happen whenever you want them too!

She‘s been delving into my YA bookshelf, and chose the tagged book because she knows the story is personal for me and that I LOVED this book, and one of the main characters shares her name. 🥰

slategreyskies This is way cool. Yay for raising readers! :) 2y
MeganAnn Aww I love this! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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kellyann28
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This is being sent to you tomorrow @TheBookKeepers !
#LMPBC @Karisa @Lauranahe

TheBookKeepers Super excited about this one! 2y
Karisa 🎉 Thank you! 2y
Lauranahe @kellyann28 I mailed your next book today! 2y
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kellyann28 @Lauranahe Awesome, thank you! 2y
TheBookKeepers Got this in babe!! @kellyann28 2y
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bjoanndawkins
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Easy to see why Robin Benway's Far From The Tree is a National Book Award winner. Touching without being cloying with bursts of humor. A definite pick.

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bjoanndawkins
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Morning read

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kellyann28
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I really liked this book! It's probably one of the better contemporary YA books that I have read recently. Great pick @Lauranahe ! #LMPBC @TheBookKeepers @Karisa

Butterfinger I enjoyed it too. I remember those emotional scenes. 3y
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kellyann28
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@Lauranahe It came today! And thank you so much for the extra goodies! You are THE BEST! 🥰
@TheBookKeepers @Karisa #LMPBC

Lovesbooks87 This book was amazing! Enjoy! 3y
kellyann28 @Lovesbooks87 The cover is also pretty! 3y
Lauranahe You‘re welcome! Can you tell I love chocolate?? 😋 3y
kellyann28 @Lauranahe I don't know how you knew but Dove chocolates are my FAVORITE! 3y
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Lauranahe
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3 teens find out they‘re biological siblings, and have to navigate the meaning of family. I liked the book, and the idea of what makes a family, and the effects of different kinds of adoptions. Everything was neatly tied up at the end, which I appreciate, but don‘t find very real-life. Still a good read!

Lauranahe @kellyann28 It went in the mail today!! 3y
kellyann28 Awesome, thanks! 😊 3y
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Lauranahe
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Hey Group G #LMPBC! What do y‘all think of this for my book?? @Karisa @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28

kellyann28 Sounds good to me! 3y
TheBookKeepers Looks great! 3y
Karisa Count me in! My father's adopted so I like the set up already. 3y
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alisonrose
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So glad that after two crap books, this was a much better reading experience! Heavy &emotional, but also funny &relatable, even for an adult w/no personal experience of adoption. Really liked the three kids‘ distinct voices & seeing their growth, appreciate the focus on how trauma impacts us in lasting ways. Ending was a bit Hallmark movie-ish, & odd to me that abortion was never mentioned as an option for Grace. Overall really liked! 4/5 ⭐️

LiteraryinLawrence I liked this one a lot too! 3y
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alisonrose
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“Hey, why are you calling me instead of texting?”
“What, I can‘t call you and talk, voice to voice? Have a human connection?”
“Nice try. Are you grounded?”
“Yep. My parents took my phone. I can only use the computer for school.” Maya sighed heavily as her mom walked past the kitchen, then one more time for good measure. “My *jailers* let me use the landline for 5 minutes. The fucking *landline*. Like I‘m on the Oregon Trail or something.”
🤣🤣🤣🤣

KathyWheeler 😄 The Oregon Trail! I love it. 😄 3y
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alisonrose
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It wasn‘t that their parents‘ fights got violent or anything like that; words could shatter harder than a glass breaking against a wall, hurt more than a fist plowing through teeth.

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alisonrose
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Hoping this will be a much better reading experience than the last couple books. I‘ve heard almost entirely rave reviews, so 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 #nowreading

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MeganAnn
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This one gave me all the feels!! I loved this story about three teens who find their biological family. I especially identified with Grace, but loved getting chapters from all three characters.

This is a story about love and family - the family we have and the family we find. Most of all, I loved seeing Joaquin and Grace and Maya grow closer together, becoming their own family. So much love in this book - I cried the entire last quarter. 😭❤️
5🌟

MeganAnn #NewYearWhoDis Book 3. @4thhouseontheleft you obviously have amazing taste since I‘ve given all three books I‘ve read off your list five stars. 😍😱👏🏻 @monalyisha 3y
alisiakae 🥰🥰 I‘m glad you are enjoying the books off my list! I‘m hoping to pick up the next book from your list next week! 3y
MeganAnn @4thhouseontheleft I really am! I‘m reading Queenie in ebook format right now. I have We‘re Going to Need More Wine on my shelf and Hey Kiddo from the library. And my hold for On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous just came in so I need to pick that one up from the library soon also. I might not finish them all in January, but it‘s such a great list I‘m going to keep reading from it all year! ❤️ (edited) 3y
alisiakae @MeganAnn I plan on reading from your list over the next few months too! I am so excited that my Red, White and Royal Blue library hold came in, so that is jumping to the top of my TBR pile. I also have Boy, Snow, Bird and Burial Rites checked out right now. I actually meant to read Burial Rites this past summer before we went to Iceland but I ran out of time before the trip! 3y
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Court7
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Devastatingly beautiful. Really lovely audio book.

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Cityofamber
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I don‘t know if I would of picked this up if it wasn‘t an audible daily deal, but I‘m so glad I did because I loved. It made me feel all the emotions.

Cinfhen Same!!!!! 3y
Cathythoughts I see I have it stacked already 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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Cinfhen
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Did I laugh? Yes!
Did I cry? Yes!
Did I roll my eyes? Yes!
Were parts of this book unrealistic? Yes!
Did I love this book? Yes!!!!
#AllTheFeels 😭😂🙄🥰

squirrelbrain Sounds like a good one! 3y
JennyM I loved this one as well! 3y
merelybookish Great review! 3y
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TheLudicReader I loved this one, too. 3y
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 sounds like something for C too. 3y
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacking 3y
Cinfhen I think C will really like it and you too @TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘m glad I didn‘t know it was labeled YA because I probably would have passed it over & that would‘ve been my lost @JennyM @TheLudicReader 3y
Cinfhen It‘s a lighter book with some heavy topics @squirrelbrain @merelybookish but it‘s done well 3y
alisiakae Ahhh, you read this book! It has some similarities to my search/reunion story, I cried so much reading this (and laughed, too). 3y
Cinfhen I was actually thinking of you @4thhouseontheleft between the name Maya and your own story of connecting with bio siblings 😘 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Good honest review! 😁 3y
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Cinfhen
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#DearDecember @Eggs My current audiobook has #TreesInTheTitle and it‘s absolutely delightful 💜A mix of humor and heartache and it‘s a YA!!!!

LeeRHarry I loved this one 😊 3y
Hooked_on_books I thought this book was terrific 3y
Eggs I loved this one ☝️❤️ 3y
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Cinfhen It‘s REALLY good @LeeRHarry @Hooked_on_books @Eggs I can‘t believe how much I‘m enjoying it 3y
Prairiegirl_reading @Cinfhen I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one too. 😄 3y
LiteraryinLawrence I liked this one a lot too! 3y
Cinfhen I guess I just discovered.....Never judge a book by its genre 😂😂 @LiteraryinLititz @Prairiegirl_reading 3y
Centique @Cinfhen I‘m so happy to hear that! This is on my TBR. 3y
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TheLudicReader
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Three teenagers discover that they are siblings in this fantastic, award winning YA novel. Joaquin, Grace, and Maya negotiate their own lives and pasts and then the additional impact of finding out they have each other, too. #allthefeels

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Perfect for fans of This Is Us, Robin Benway‘s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

Megabooks Loved this book! 3y
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natalieebloom
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This is an instant YA classic! There were a few parts that were so profound and well-written that I had to pause and re-read them. The last page even brought me to tears! Some of the character‘s reactions to big events felt a little unnatural (perhaps overdramatized) to me, but such is YA. The good definitely outweighs the bad with this one!

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MaggieCarr
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While the probability of putting 3 kids up for adoption/release in such rapid succession baffles me, most of the huh-moments I had while reading are answered in the last chapter. I enjoyed the multi POV from the teens and the diversity and similarities that they shared. All around this was a fantastic book that can really shed light on what it feels like to be adopted, in foster care, and what it's like to be a teen parent.

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Coleen
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A story about three biological half-siblings, each given up after birth, who find each other as teens. I enjoyed this and felt it offered a fresh perspective on subjects such as teen pregnancy, adoption, and family. Would make a great discussion book for teens or adults.

Clwojick Loved this one so much 💞 3y
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Clwojick
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Finished off my audiobook while getting in the last of my daily steps for #BFCR2. Now to sit at home and read for the rest of the night. Current reading time: 10hrs 45mins ⏱ #24B4Monday

This was a beautiful book about family, adoption, and finding your identity. I simply devoured it! A definite recommend from me! ♥️

BeansPage Excellent time. And what a beautiful scene! 😍😍😍 3y
Andrew65 Going well! A great picture. 😍 I need to find a way to increase my step count! (edited) 3y
alisiakae I loved this book when I read it earlier this year. 3y
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jb72 Great job! 3y
Clwojick @Andrew65 AUDIOBOOKS! 3y
Andrew65 @Clwojick I do a lot of those but need to find some good walking routes. 3y
Mdargusch Beautiful view! 3y
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 3y
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Clwojick
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Content in the knowledge that no matter what happened with your parents, or your girlfriend, that your siblings will still be there, like a bookend that keeps you upright when you feel like toppling over.

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Clwojick
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This is SO good so far! I‘m loving it. 🧡

#24B4Monday

Megabooks It‘s really good!! 3y
Lovesbooks87 It was an amazing book! 3y
Butterfinger I'm so glad you like it. 3y
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Clwojick
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We're bonding! Over condiments!

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Clwojick
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I‘ve got some #audiobooks ready for #24B4Monday readathon. Now I‘ve just gotta get snacks!

🍉🍏🧁.🎧.🍟🍿🍫

Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3y
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Butterfinger
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I have been on a roll with good books. This will make you smile and wrenchingly sob. Siblings find themselves at 15, 16, and 17 years of age after their mother gives them for adoption as babies. Each needs the other two for support and understanding when they have to deal with unspeakable hardships. Their love is pure though they have only known each other for a few weeks. Just a beautiful, fantastic story..

Clwojick I just got this one on audio! Glad to hear it‘s good 3y
Butterfinger @Clwojick make sure you have tissue. 3y
Clwojick Oh boy. And I‘m an easy cryer. 😂😅 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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I haven‘t done a #friyayintro in a while...so here we go!
1. Loved this one! 👌🏻
2. Crunchy! 😛
3. Sunrise 🌄
4. I‘d buy a MacBook, a new writing desk and various accoutrements. Basically, I‘d redo my writing space but with only an hour, I‘d have to make quick decisions! 💻
5. IDK. It was all good in elementary school. You know, before they put the alphabet in math. 😕

wanderinglynn Q5 - exactly how I feel! 🙌🏻😂 3y
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MelKelsey
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A story of adoption and foster care. Three siblings that grew up separately are reunited as teenagers, becoming a familial support system. They've all faced significant challenges that feel a bit contrived. It's an enjoyable, quick read, and, truthfully, I teared up more than once, but I fear the book is forgettable and lacks longevity.