Monday, April 23, 2018

806: A Novel by Cynthia Weil

Author: Cynthia Weil
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Young Adult

KT doesn't like her mom's choices of boyfriends. She wonders where her dad is and how she can connect with him. Finally, she finds out the truth. Who she thought was her dad, isn't her dad. Her mom tells her the truth and then the adventure begins.

About the Author:

"Cynthia Weil is an internationally known lyricist with songs from “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” the most played song of the twentieth century, to the Oscar-nominated and double Grammy-winning “Somewhere Out There” from the animated film An American Tail. Her lyrics have been sung by the legendary voices of Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, and Kanye West. She has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in addition to multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. It is only fitting, then, that 806 has a teen songwriter as its main character.
Currently featured as a character in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Cynthia resides in Los Angeles with her husband and songwriting partner, Barry Mann, and dog Callie. When not writing lyrics, you can find Cynthia fighting for animal rights, supporting young artists, or crafting her next book filled with music, dynamic relationships, and discovery."

My Take on the Book:
What a great story. I enjoyed the casual writing style while journeying with the “Super Sperm Club” kids. This book shows that eclectic strangers can come together and connect like they didn’t think they could and at the same time grow to become better understanding of themselves.

806: A Novel is a life journey for everyone involved. 

Cynthia Weil creates a humorous and fun story while telling a story about three siblings who want to find their "sperm donating" father. Cynthia Weil has created relatable teens who just like any other teenager doesn’t know where they fit in with life. Even as an adult I could relate to the quirky chapter traits of each kid.
KT, our heroine was loveable, Her interactions with her new family are sometimes frustrating, sometimes sappy sweet, but always handled like it could be in real life.  I liked getting to know KT.  Jesse and Gabe add a dimension that KT has never experienced as new found siblings. As a sibling with many "halfs" myself,  I enjoyed this book. 806: A Novel took a serious topic, made it educational and fun at the same time and yet, grabbed at my heartstrings.

The surprising Bio Dad was a joy to encounter. The journey to find him creative and wacky.

This isn't the best coming of age book that I've ever read, However, I still found it to be enjoyable.

I am recommending this to my nieces and nephews to read.

I Gave this book 4 Stars.