806: A Novel

806: A Novel

by Cynthia Weil

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ISBN-13: 9781939100146
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,276,939
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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.

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PROLOGUE

To: DSC.org

From: NonameBand@aol.com

Subject: Successes and Failures

Date: July 17, 2008

Your website says that you want to know about successes and failures that have come about from using the website, so I'm writing to tell you about me.

Contacting DSC.org was the scariest thing I've ever done, but it changed my life, so I'm sending you my story. Even though it's probably way too long to post, and you actually may know a little bit of it, (you'll see what I mean when you get near the end), I wanted to write to you because I realize how much I owe you. Without your help, I never would have found out who I am. So, along with my story, I am sending you a big, fat thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Lambert







***








CHAPTER ONE

My mom, Kim, looks a lot like Reese Witherspoon, if Reese wore a Burger Boy manager's uniform. But in spite of that, she's lost every man she’s ever loved or thought she loved, beginning with my father, who dumped her when I was just a baby bump. The day she lost Bruce, her latest boyfriend, kind of pushed me over the edge, but it turned out to be the beginning of everything.

On the day the Bruce thing happened—June 13, 2008, to be exact—I was actually feeling sort of happy because it was the last day of school. My school, Central High in St. Louis, had the garden variety mix of cheerleaders, popular kids, jocks, freaks, nerds, goths, and druggies sprinkled with some G wannabees and a few genuine OGs who had never been able to pass something or another and would no doubt advance to be AGs (ancient gangsters) before they managed to graduate.

Then, in a category all our own, there was yours truly and Sasha Greene. She was my best (and actually, my only) friend and the drummer in our band, Noname. Sasha and I kind of looked alike. We both had black hair with blue streaks, and we both got the blue dye at CrazyHair.com. The only difference was that her hair was dark, so she had to bleach some of it for the blue dye to take. My hair is actually blond, so I had to dye and tone.

But back to my story. When I got home from school that day, I was a little freaked out to see Mom's car parked outside our garden apartment because she usually does payroll on Friday and rolls in around 7:00 p.m.

I walked in the kitchen door and knew right away what was going down when I heard my mom and Bruce arguing in the living room. In times like these, and there have been more of them than I can count, I began to think of my mom as "Kim" instead of "Mom" because she would act like such a kid. I even called her Kim sometimes, which she pretended not to notice. Whoever said "history repeats itself" must have known my mother intimately. I knew this discussion by heart, only the names of the men involved changed.

I would have bet my last guitar pick that Bruce had texted her at work, saying they had to talk, and she had insisted that they see each other, like immediately. When someone says "we have to talk," even though you know they're not going to talk about anything good, for some strange reason, you absolutely have to hear what they have to say ASAP.

I used to fantasize about making Mom sit down and write "nobody likes needy" a thousand times and then paste the paper on her bathroom mirror. Then she would see it every day and possibly remember it when the next "one" came along.

I could hear their voices clearly through the wall, even though I didn't want to. I figured if I made a smoothie, the sound of the blender would drown them out. So I opened the fridge, which was filled with Burger Boy food (I find that stuff seriously disgusting), and pulled out yogurt, orange juice, and strawberries for a healthy, soothing, (and I hoped) calming beverage.

The dialogue coming through was so loud and so clear that the noisy blender didn't stand a chance.

"Kim, it's not you, it's me," Bruce insisted. "I'm not good enough for you."

"That line was a whole episode of that sitcom “about nothing.” It didn't work there, and it doesn't work here."

"But it's true, Kimmy. I swear."

"You know 'good' makes me feel bad about myself. I don't want 'good.' I want you," she said in her little girl voice, which I found embarrassing and sad.

That last statement shook me up on so many levels, I had to roll my eyes even though there was no one there to see it. I was so bummed that I almost forgot to put ice cubes in the blender. This could have led to a warm smoothie, but it was easily fixable. I took a few out of the freezer with a flourish and popped them in. That's when I heard Bruce, his voice half annoyed and half guilty, saying,

"I'm not as mature as you, Kimmy. I'm just not really ready for marriage."

"It was a suggestion, not an ultimatum," my mom explained. "I mean, I was actually trying to find out the level of your commitment."

That in itself was so was so lame I almost cried.

Bruce just got more annoyed. "I'm not ready to settle down. The truth is, I need to find myself."

Then I heard my mom clear her throat, which she always did before putting on her make-believe "tough" voice. I don't know how she came up with it, but it sounded like a combination of an angry Cher and an indignant Miley Cyrus. She thought it was venomous, but truth be told, it wasn't very scary, just very weird.

"I think somebody saw you in Pittsburgh. Why don't you start looking there? Now!" she spat in that strange combo voice.

After the longest, quietest ten seconds ever, Bruce mumbled, "I better go."

I punched "blend" again and didn't even look up as he walked past me, headed for the back door. Then I hit the "off" button and poured some of the smoothie into my glass. He stopped and turned to me with a funny look on his face.

"Bye, Bruce," I said.

"It's Bob," he answered. "Uh, can I have my blender?"

I unplugged it, walked over to him, dumped the rest of the smoothie into his jacket pocket, and handed him the blender. He took it with a sheepish look that told me he knew he deserved the gift.

"Have a nice life," he said, almost like he meant it. Leaving a trail of smoothie drops, he slunk out the back door.

There were no sobs coming from the living room, but I knew my mom was holding them in. Part of me wanted to make her cry hard for screwing up again, part of me wanted to find a way to make her feel better, and another part of me just wanted to get into my room so I could pick up my guitar, write a song, and forget what a dumb life I had in the family department.

The minute I tiptoed into the living room, Kim looked up at me like a pooch who had just been left at the shelter.

"Bob's gone," she said.

"Surprise, surprise." I took a few steps toward my room.

She bit her lip, swung her chair around, and began clicking the keys on the computer. "What do you think about my changing to JDate?” she asked. "My mother always told me that Jewish men don't leave."

"Grandma was divorced three times."

"But none of them were Jewish."

"If she didn't take her own advice, why should you?"

She stopped typing. I should have just walked into my room right then, but, no, I had to twist the knife. I was sixteen, after all. So when she started with, "Do you know what he said?" I cut her right off.

"'It's not you, it's me,' a popular phrase around here favored by Kevin, Chris, Walter, and Tim," I announced. "I personally preferred Jerry's 'I love you more than life, but I feel suicidal,' and Gary's 'This isn't easy, but neither are you' was a close second."

She winced. "Thanks for running down my lousy romantic track record, Katie. I guess I don't feel bad enough for you."

"It's KT, Mom. I told you."

My mom sighed. "I thought KT was just for the band."

"No, Kim, it's not just for the band," I snapped. "It's my new name."

"That's a really mean tone, whatever your name is," she said in a shaky voice. "And this is not the time to use it." She was trying to say what she thought was "mom" stuff and failing miserably.

Then she just gave up, leaned forward with her elbows on her knees, and covered her face with her hands. Her blond hair fell around her face like a curtain. Something in me wanted to throw my arms around her and kiss the top of her head the way I did when I was ten, but I knew where that would take us, so I put down my smoothie and pulled up a chair close to her.

"Mom, I'm sorry I sounded mean. I don't understand why you think you have to be with someone to be complete. I didn't want to sound obnoxious, I just get so frustrated when I see you getting hurt over and over again."

"I know," said her muffled voice. "Me too."

"Remember when I wrote that song for you after Gary? You promised to sing it to yourself whenever these things happened."

She nodded.

"Remember the words?"

She shook her head. I leaned in close and started to sing to her.

"When you headed out that door

Betch ya thought I'd fall apart,

But you didn't break me, babe,

You only broke my heart."

Then she pushed back her hair and joined in, kind of half-hearted and off-key.

"So if you think you did me in,

You better think again.

The truth is there's no way you could be wronger.

Baby, you just made me stronger

You made me stronger."

She smiled a sad but hopeful smile and blew her nose. "I'm going to remember that, Katie. I really am. From now on."

"I hope so," I said, and then I noticed her eyes drifting toward the computer screen.

"Oooo, look, honey, here's something interesting: 'Banker, homebody, looking for shiksa soulmate who likes cozy nights in front of the fireplace, good wine, fine dining, and . . .'"

I couldn't believe her. I was scared that I was going to lose it because I knew deep down inside she was never going to change, no matter how many songs I wrote for her. I just headed for my room.

"Katie, KT, sweetie, listen," she called after me. "I know you need a dad, and I'm going to find one for you if it kills me."

"And me in the process," I mumbled.

She was so not getting it I didn't know what to do, so I spit out something I had wanted to say for a long time. I hadn't said it before because I didn't want to hurt her feelings, but now I just wanted to get her off JDate and shake up her world and maybe get even with her, just a little, for screwing up again. So I spit it out: "I am so done with listening to stuff like this. I don't want you to find a new father for me. I have a father, and I want to see him. I want to talk to Max."

Mom turned to look straight at me with her grown up, "remember I'm the mother" face.

"Listen to me, Katie," she said. "You know as well as I do that he never tried to make any contact with us after he left. He moved away for years. He never called or wrote or tried to—"

"Do you know where he is?"

She swallowed, coughed, and burped, all at the same time, which she does when she's anxious. Her eyes got hard . . . as hard as eyes can get when you look like Reese Witherspoon. "That man walked out on us," she said for the hundredth time.

I took a slug of smoothie. Then I said the worst thing I could think of, which I'd been thinking for, like, forever. "He didn't walk out on me, Mom. I wasn't even born yet. He walked out on you. Just like everybody else.”

I saw her flinch before I stormed into my room and slammed the door. I was sorry the minute the words came out of my mouth, but everything inside me felt incredibly screwed up.

I picked up my guitar. Making music was usually a way to take the edge off everything and make me feel better. But then I looked up and saw the framed picture of Kim and Max staring at me from my dresser. The photo was vintage ‘90s. Mom looked really young and really knocked up. She was balancing a sad little bouquet on her tummy, and Max, kind of grungy and wearing a tuxedo T-shirt, had his arm around her. They were both smiling, but anyone looking at them could tell they definitely were not going to be one of those couples who stayed married for sixty years and were so in love that they died within an hour of each other.

I took a pillow off my bed and threw it at them. The frame plunked down backward on the dresser.

Then I played around with my new song, "A Rock and a Sad Place" for about twenty minutes, trying to find the perfect groove until there was a feeble knock on the door.

A yellow paper slid under my bedroom door. I walked over and picked up a page from the St. Louis Yellow Pages. There was a huge ad for The Palace of The Plasma Prince and the words "Max's work" written on it and circled in red.

The crappy thing I said had hit home. Max was back. I didn't know when he came back, but I now knew he was here in St. Louis and where I could find him. My heart was beating so fast and so loud it felt as if it was going to explode out of my chest. I thought I was going be one of the youngest people ever to have a heart attack, but I didn't have time for that.

I was finally going to meet my dad.

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806: A Novel 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
WeezieL 8 months ago
Won E-Book on BookishFirst.com through NetGalley.com. When I initially read the excerpt of this, I thought hmm this could be a really cool YA book. Wellll, it wasn't. It was incredibly cheesy. And the title is incorrect after the first third of the book so it should be called "Donor Kids" or "Are You My Brother?" or "Finding Dad" or something. IDK. Finding Dad, I like that one. But not 806. KT is a donor kid. And now that she's a teenager she's looking for her father. She finds a couple of classmates who are her half-siblings. They go on a terrible, haphazard journey to find their "do not contact" biological father and in doing so, lie, steal, and cross the country. There's so much wrong with this book. I wanted it to be good so badly! But it just fell flat. I liked Jesse's journey of self-discovery. But I don't feel like KT or Gabe had the same journey. KT just was all wow Mom I appreciate you now. *insert eyeroll* All teenagers go through that whether they have 2 bio parents or not.
TheThoughtSpot 9 months ago
Humorous storyline! Thanks to NetGalley and Tanglewood Press for the opportunity to read and review 806 by Cynthia Weil! The main character, KT, discovers that her unknown father is a sperm donor and she begins the search for possible siblings and for sperm donor 806. She finds out that two of her male school mates are her siblings and they meet 806. After being happily introduced and visiting each other for a while, 806 realizes that he can’t be their father because of his blood type. Back to square one. KT turns the sperm donor card over and thinks the number could actually be 908 instead. After hunting and a few misadventures, the three siblings find their actual donor father and they discover that it was worth the wait. 3 stars for this unique storyline full of humor! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration and all opinions and thoughts are my own.
DoveArt More than 1 year ago
This could be a nice book for the right reader. It just wasn't for me, I tried to get through it and picked it up at different times, but was not able to finish. I give "806" three stars because, even though I did not finish, I don't think it is because of any glaring fault with the book, but more of a personal preference. The premise of the book is interesting and original: a group of teenagers go on a cross-country adventure to find their donor parent. For me the book fell flat because of the main character, KT. Her attitude was so negative that I couldn't get past it. At first, I thought it realistically reflected the attitude of a teen that lacked a good parent role model. But there seemed to be no reprieve from this and I just found her too exhausting to be able to enjoy the book. Thank you to Bookish / NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
HeresToHappyEndings More than 1 year ago
I really thought I was going to absolutely adore this book from the cover and synopsis. While I did like it, I guess you can say I didn't really fall in love with it, which is a bummer, but I'm just happy I was able to like it as much as I did, so there's that! I think the reason I felt myself not really falling in love with it right away is because of the way the main character treated her mother and those around her. She was stuck up, snobby, and to be honest, downright mean. I would never talk to my mother that way, and wouldn't tolerate my daughters talking to me that way, either. That said, the story in this novel was really good, something I found myself wanting to keep reading until I had finished it.
YourDreamComeTrue More than 1 year ago
Both funny and heartfelt, 806 warmed my heart. A story of discovery, both self-discovery and discovering who their real, biological father with a road trip in between. The characters in this book are relatable. That, being paired with the writing of the author, Cynthia Weil, made for a great experience of storytelling, along with allowing it to be a fast-paced read in most instances. Whether you've been through a situation sort of similar, and are needing to go on a self-discovery journey, or not, this book will warm your heart and make your darker days more light-hearted. Get those fingers ready to download, and those feet ready to run to the bookstore, because this is certainly a must-read for 2018.
MariahLB More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book! When three kids find out they are donor kids, they find each other through a website aimed at kids finding their donor parents. While KT doesn't believe that her two siblings are two kids she knows from school, what she doesn't like is who they are; jock Jesse and nerd Gabe. When they decide to go on a road trip to find their donor father, they each go for their own reasons. Along the way, however, they find more than they thought they would. Even though some of the events play out in unlikely ways, it adds a cute little element to the story especially after meeting Willard. He has a belief that everything will work out as it's supposed to. This book was a fun, quick read, but it was enjoyable throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into 806 really looking forward to an interesting read, I was expecting an easy,  humorous and interesting story that I could zoom through. Unfortunately, none of my predictions were correct and I was forced to DNF this book not long after the 50 page mark. My reasons for disliking this book are confusing and unclear, however, I will attempt to condense them into a few main points.  ~Narration. My first main complaint with this book is the narration; it felt slow and clunky, everything was described in more detail than I cared for & the narrator annoyed my straight away. I found KT (abbreviated from Katie), the narrator, rude and disrespectful towards authoritative figures, particularly her mother, as seen in the first few pages of the book. This set the book up for failure from the start. ~Characters. Every character I came across in my (admittedly rather short) encounter with this book felt stereotyped and cliched, I could neither relate, nor feel emotions towards, any of the characters. ~Writing. Argh... the writing. Without coming across as rude or disrespectful towards the author, who obviously put a lot of effort into this book, I want to say that this book could have honestly benefited from some heavy duty editing; it was simplistic in the most boring sense of the word, and the language used did nothing to keep me engaged.  ~Road Trip Storyline. This experience has taught me that I'm not a huge fan of either character based novels or road trip stories, especially when they are poorly written. This evaluation leads me to doubt my feelings towards this story. Could it be that my relationship with the book requires more of a 'it's not you, it's me' approach? In my heavily biased opinion, no.  I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went into 806 really looking forward to an interesting read, I was expecting an easy,  humorous and interesting story that I could zoom through. Unfortunately, none of my predictions were correct and I was forced to DNF this book not long after the 50 page mark. My reasons for disliking this book are confusing and unclear, however, I will attempt to condense them into a few main points.  ~Narration. My first main complaint with this book is the narration; it felt slow and clunky, everything was described in more detail than I cared for & the narrator annoyed my straight away. I found KT (abbreviated from Katie), the narrator, rude and disrespectful towards authoritative figures, particularly her mother, as seen in the first few pages of the book. This set the book up for failure from the start. ~Characters. Every character I came across in my (admittedly rather short) encounter with this book felt stereotyped and cliched, I could neither relate, nor feel emotions towards, any of the characters. ~Writing. Argh... the writing. Without coming across as rude or disrespectful towards the author, who obviously put a lot of effort into this book, I want to say that this book could have honestly benefited from some heavy duty editing; it was simplistic in the most boring sense of the word, and the language used did nothing to keep me engaged.  ~Road Trip Storyline. This experience has taught me that I'm not a huge fan of either character based novels or road trip stories, especially when they are poorly written. This evaluation leads me to doubt my feelings towards this story. Could it be that my relationship with the book requires more of a 'it's not you, it's me' approach? In my heavily biased opinion, no.  I received an eArc of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Allison Stoltz More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this quick and entertaining read. I was especially impressed with the story. I thought it would be fairly straightforward but there were some unforeseen twists in the plot that kept me turning the page. KT, Gabe and Jesse find out that they are all children of Donor 806 and want to find out who their dad is so they hit the road in a beat up Jeep to find out. Their journey takes them on a whirlwind adventure across the country from St. Louis to California. I was not a huge fan of KT, who was too emo and way too hard on her mother for her relationships with men and Jesse seemed like your stereotypical jock and Gabe was the poor outcast nerd. My first impressions of these characters were completely flipped upside down and I ended up loving all of these quirky characters. I loved the story and the characters and I would highly recommend this book to reluctant readers and teens that love music and light hearted family dramas and adventure in one fun story.
Lanie More than 1 year ago
KT, Jesse, and Gabe are half siblings who meet in real life after posting to a forum and discovering they're are siblings. While some illegal escapades occur, it's a mostly interesting story if not a little odd. This was a fun YA read. The premise was rather interesting from the beginning. A journey of discovery with half siblings who found out about their father through a forum. The plot was kind of odd. It's a fun and lighthearted read overall, but there are quite a few things that are just a little too convenient. The overall story is okay though there are some things I found iffy regarding this story. The overall plot conveniences did detract from the story for me. Some of it was kind of hard to get through. However, if you are looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this might be it. I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily and honestly reviewing it.
Lanie More than 1 year ago
KT, Jesse, and Gabe are half siblings who meet in real life after posting to a forum and discovering they're are siblings. While some illegal escapades occur, it's a mostly interesting story if not a little odd. This was a fun YA read. The premise was rather interesting from the beginning. A journey of discovery with half siblings who found out about their father through a forum. The plot was kind of odd. It's a fun and lighthearted read overall, but there are quite a few things that are just a little too convenient. The overall story is okay though there are some things I found iffy regarding this story. The overall plot conveniences did detract from the story for me. Some of it was kind of hard to get through. However, if you are looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this might be it. I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily and honestly reviewing it.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Okay, ladies and gentlemen, with so many “harsh” and “dark” topics lately – whether that be in books or on the news – it is extremely inspiring and a real palette cleanser to receive a fun, emotional, light-hearted tale that makes you smile. And that is exactly what this book is all about. Their names are KT, Jesse and Gabe. Although, some may refer to them as Sibling 1, 2 and 3. Why is that? Because the one thing these kids have in common is the fact that they were all “created” the same way. They came into being with the help of sperm donor 806. Each have their own quirks and talents. One is a bit on the angry side, although is great at strumming the guitar. Two is all about…magic. A mystical soul, yes, but unfortunately has to deal with what seems like allergies to absolutely everything. And when it comes to #3, you are talking about a true sports champion. Being on the varsity swimming team is one thing, but he also loves the fact that both his looks and skill cause batting eyelashes wherever he goes. Teaming up, this trio decides that they want to do nothing more than meet biological Daddy: 806. What does that mean? Yup: ROAD TRIP! Jumping into a Jeep that doesn’t exactly look like the safest vehicle out there, these three have to deal with a life-changing trip that brings them closer together and closer to understanding where, perhaps, they got all these skills and quirks in the first place. And they do all this while trying to evade those familiar red, white, and blue lights of cop cars that are pursuing them for a reason. Readers will have a blast (especially when they meet a certain fantastic pig) with all the different adventures that these guys get into. These three like each other at times, and dislike each other at times. The humor is there as they get to know each other during their journey. And, in the end, you will be thrilled to get to know them too. The author has done an excellent job. Not a surprise, considering the talent here. Weil is a lyricist who happens to be internationally known. She’s behind the most played song of the 20th century (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”) as well as Oscar-nominated and Grammy Award-winning hits. It’s amazing she can find any spare time to pen a tale. But, this is most definitely a superb one. Quill Says: Even though this falls under the YA category, everybody should take the time to read this great book!
ReadingCornerforAll More than 1 year ago
There are just about 806 reasons why Cynthia Weil's "806" should be your next read, but let me write about a few. 1) This book (in a broad sense) can be classified as a coming of age narrative where KT, Jesse, and Gabe (what a trio!) come to gain closure. In that regard, they also come to terms with themselves in who THEY are and what they eventually come to mean to each other. 2) It's a very real book. I use the words 'real' in the sense that Weil does aptly convey the language of youths, attitudes, and even the rough moments people have with their parents and with other people. 3) 806 explores a lot about the road. The road in which the trio drives along and ultimately the road of their own individual lives. Cynthia Weil does this in manner that is comprehensive for youths to really empathize with the characters and all of their inner conflictions.
BookFreakOut More than 1 year ago
This novel is completely tone-deaf toward the actual effects of male gamete donation on the children and families affected by it. There is some attempt at conveying emotional distress, but it always disappears within the page before getting back to the three main characters' cross-country escapades. Everything skates easily into a happily ever after that is in no way reminiscent of real life, and puts forth dangerously misguided notions about the effects of male gamete donation on the donors, children and families involved. This is a fantasy masquerading as contemporary YA fiction.
gelm More than 1 year ago
A Bit Cliched, But Good This book wasn't exactly what I expected it to be. It was a bit cliche in places and the events happened very quickly. The characters were funny although a bit predictable: KT (Katie) the rocker emo girl, Jesse the jock, and Gabe the nerd. Their parents are oblivious to what their kids are doing, as they are in most young adult books. The people they ran into on the journey were hilarious and a bit odd and the route itself was original. I feel like the author probably debated a bit on whether the title should be 806 or 908 (you'll find out more about this when you read the book). I liked that the chapters were short, but not too short (32 chapters in 229 pages). The end came up sort of fast and was a bit too good to be true, but I really enjoyed the book.
judgie39 More than 1 year ago
806, by Cynthia Weil, is a soul-searching, poignant, and funny story about a road trip to find the missing piece. KT is a typical teenager living in St. Louis. She is in a band with her best friend, Sasha, and Dylan, who is in love with her, but KT has no interest. She just wants to play music, oh ya and find out who her dad is. KT's mom always told her that her dad was an ex-boyfriend. When KT learns he is not actually her father, and that her father was actually a sperm donor, she goes online to do some research. Along the way she learns that she has two siblings. Together they go on an epic road trip to find out who Donor 806 is and along the way encounter many obstacles they need to overcome to complete their journey. I really enjoyed this book and found myself cheering for the characters the whole time.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
This was a delightful story of the search for a Dad that was present only at the sperm bank approximately eighteen years ago. Unique notion of an on line site attempting to join offspring conceived with the help of artificial insemination. Ky, Jesse, and Gabe find themselves half siblings on a road trip across the country on a mission to find their biological father. Puzzling This reminded me of the 2013 movie "Delivery Man" where a sperm donor was on the run from the many children he had created. Very impressed that author Cynthia Weil was also a song writer in the sixties of many farmiliar tunes. Great teen read that will appeal to adults. A copy of this book was provided by Tanglewood Publishing via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."
onemused More than 1 year ago
"806" was a really surprising novel about KT (aka Katie) who has been exhausted by her mother's relationships, which frequently fail and cause all sorts of problems. She wants to find her father, who she hopes will provide the things her mother can't. KT is an aspiring rockstar with her friends in the No Name Band and rebels in every way she can- dying her hair blue, trying to get a tattoo... From her father, she wants to find someone more stable and to get a better picture of herself in the process. However, in her search, she learns that her father is a sperm donor- number 806 at the CryoSperm bank. Who is donor 806 and how can she find him? She begins on a website, where she finds out she has two other half-siblings. Gabe, or as she calls him Abracadabra, is a stereotypical nerd. He's afraid he'll never find love and can't figure out how to talk to the opposite sex. He has untold numbers of allergies which lead him to wear breathe-right strips all the time. He is also studying magic. His parents sound really fabulous- super-supportive and loving. Her other half-brother is Jesse, or Swimmy as KT thinks of him. Jesse is the stereotypical jock- tall, blond, good-looking and a competitive swimmer. His mothers are getting divorced and he has to choose where to go- he's hoping to make a third option out of whoever his father is. Their journey is not as straight-forward as it seems, and they really begin to feel like siblings along the way. Their relationships are really the stand-out part of the book. The first 2/3 of the book were amazing, and I absolutely loved it! The last 1/3 got a little strange, and we lost some of the human element. It became very surreal. I won't say more than that to avoid spoilers, but I would have given the first 2/3 5 stars and the last 1/3 2 stars, so I am weighting the average accordingly. My biggest problem with the book is that KT has a stalker that is portrayed as "cute" for not taking no for an answer and following her everywhere. Unfortunately, this is all too real but should be handled more seriously in a book for teens. If someone says no, this should be an acceptable answer and repeated no's should not be an invitation for stalking. I wish there was some support for this instead of an eventual giving in. This is really not okay in my opinion. Overall, it's a sweet journey of finding yourself and family you didn't know you had. I wish they could have removed the stalker, as it wasn't at all necessary to the overall plot and didn't aid the journey in any way. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through bookish first/netgalley. All opinions are my own.