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806: A Novel by Cynthia Weil

36338624Sibling 1 throws blenders and plays guitar. Sibling 2 is allergic to everything and is into magic. Sibling 3 is a varsity swimmer with a group of female fans. Enough said.

The only thing they have in common is their biological father, and the only thing they can agree on is that they all want to meet him.

With the help of a broken-down, “borrowed” Jeep, KT, Jesse, and Gabe make their way across the country evading police, trying their luck on the slots, and meeting a life-changing pig, all to track down Donor 806, their father. Any hope of success requires smarts, luck, and ingenuity. Good thing they have each other…even if they don’t see it that way.


*Thank you to the publisher, Tanglewood, and NetGalley for the copy of this title in exchange for an honest review.

806 is surprisingly a fun read. Some may find it lacking but I am totally entertained and ended up loving it. It follows the story of KT, a teen who’s aspiring to be a singer-songwriter. Growing up, she’d seen how her mom gets into a relationship one after the other and always ended up broken-hearted. Nothing has changed, and KT is tired of dealing with it. She knows her mom is doing it so she can give her a father figure. And so KT decided it’s high time to meet with her estranged father. But it turns out he’s not her father after all and her real dad is actually a sperm donor who got a ‘do not contact’ note on his details. KT turned to the internet to try to find her biological dad. She ended up finding two siblings from donor 806 instead. The three couldn’t be any different but the desire to find their father put them together. With a beat-up Jeep and hearts full of hope and excitement, the three teenagers set off in an adventure to find the man that will complete them and ultimately brings the siblings closer than they intend to.

I didn’t really expect to enjoy 806 too much. Maybe because I haven’t read that much YA novel lately and this came off as refreshing. The characters, from main to the side ones, are all likeable in their own way and was such a delight to read even though at times they seem silly. I am okay with it as I came to realize early on that I need not take this book seriously. Not that it’s outrageous or anything. It’s just that things get a little over the top and too coincidental at times and might require suspending disbelief to fully enjoy this book.

Katie, or KT as what she wants to be called, is the main character of the story and also the narrator. She’s funny and takes no nonsense kind of girl. Being raised by a mother who can’t get a guy to stick around, KT’s resentment is unsurprising. She appears to be disrespectful at first but it’s also obvious that she loves her mother. I can easily relate to her love of music and how it helps her deal with life. It was fun meeting her siblings, too. The jock, Jesse, and the nerd, Gabe. I had a hoot getting to know them through KT’s description. And just like her, it was hard to imagine the three of them are related to each other. But as the story progress and they spend more time together, we also slowly get to know each character on a deeper level and I just can’t help but root for them. Jessie wants people to know that there is more to him than his good looks, while Gabe’s allergies to everything doesn’t help his confidence at all. I love that it’s not only KT that we see grow here. We also witnessed how Jesse and Gabe’s characters developed and were given their own moments no matter how short. Their biological dad is also a joy and I just love how everything turned out for the three teens.

I especially enjoyed the road trip which led to lots of unexpected turns and disappointments but also bonded the siblings and helped them grow. This book is far from perfect. There are flaws here and there but as a whole, this is a light and quick read. Less drama, less romance, less conflict. Heartwarming and funny. Predictable, sure, but definitely entertaining.




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