Books by Robin Benway

FAR FROM THE TREE by Robin Benway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"From the first page to the last, this compassionate, funny, moving, compulsively readable novel about what makes a family gets it right. (Fiction. 13-18)"
Placing her daughter for adoption left a hole in Grace's heart; her adoptive parents can't fill it, and her birth mother's unreachable—then Grace learns she has siblings. Read full book review >
EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 23, 2015

"As a portrait of the emerging adolescent, it engages, even if it gives the effects of the kidnapping on its victim short shrift. (Fiction. 12-18)"
A girl loses her best friend when he's kidnapped by his father at 7 and must cope when he returns 10 years later. Read full book review >
GOING ROGUE by Robin Benway
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A fluffy romp with authentic teen dialogue, cardboard characters and a plot gone rogue. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
As a key member of a spy family, 17-year-old Maggie Silver discovers that allowing BFF Roux and boyfriend Jesse to get swept up in her exciting lifestyle has unforeseen consequences, including getting her friends into some seriously dangerous situations. Read full book review >
THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY & JUNE by Robin Benway
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

Emotionally bruised by their parents' divorce, three California sisters move from Orange County to the Valley with their mother. In chapters narrated alternately by each sister, the girls discover and exercise their magical gifts while coming to terms with the family breakup. Risk-averse April, a high-school junior, sees the future; sophomore-rebel May can disappear; status-hungry freshman June reads minds. April's visions of impending catastrophe and the girls' efforts to prevent it drive the plot, but the breezy, chick-lit tone works against depth, and too much tiresome sibling bickering slows the pace. The gifts' provenance and purpose are unclear; the rules governing them shift. May's tendency to disappear inadvertently when stressed is supposed to tell readers something about her, but because she disappears volitionally whenever the plot requires it, that message is lost. Lurking in this half-baked paranormal romance are ingredients for a first-rate fantasy with engaging characters. Weak plot infrastructure and slapdash execution prevent them from coalescing into a satisfying whole. Mature elements include teen drinking, drug use, impaired driving and casual sex. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)Read full book review >
AUDREY, WAIT! by Robin Benway
FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

This fluffy-but-fun debut novel grabs the latest slot in the growing canon of the you-don't-really-want-to-be-famous subcategory of chick-lit. Benway follows 16-year-old Audrey as she suffers the pangs of her breakup with Evan, her talented musician boyfriend. Evan writes a song about her that becomes a smash hit, resulting in instant, unwelcome fame for Audrey. Audrey struggles to continue her normal life with her family, school and quirky BFF Victoria while the paparazzi hound her, reporters slant their coverage of her and adoring fans mob her. Individual characterizations slop together a bit as everyone speaks with similar snappy patter, including her new, initially dorky boyfriend, James. This profusion of teen wit, however, both quells the mayhem of Audrey's life and holds the story together. Readers won't find much substance here but they will find entertainment, well pitched to the target audience of mid-teen girls. A pleasant little romp. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >