My So-Called Family

My So-Called Family

by Courtney Sheinmel
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My So-Called Family 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The story is captivating, and the feelings are true. Courtney describes everything perfectly in here. Even the title is PERFECT for the book! If you liked this, definitely read Positivley. (one of her other books)
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Leah loves her family, she really does, but there just seems to be a hole that just can't seem to be filled. While she has a mom, she doesn't really have a dad. It's not that he's not around, as she has a great stepdad, but she's a donor child.

When trying to find out more about her donor, Leah comes across the Lyons Reproductive Services sibling directory, where a list of all the children that a donor has fathered is compiled. Using her "emergencies only" credit card (who wouldn't declare finding long-lost siblings an emergency?), she signs up to see the list and discovers that Donor 730 fathered four other children. The best part is that there's a girl who's exactly the same age as she is. Leah is too excited for words, but then there's the issue with her mom. See, her mom doesn't think there is anything wrong with the family that Leah currently has and doesn't understand that Leah feels incomplete.

While growing up, becoming a teenager, and dealing with the fun of eighth grade, Leah struggles to find out who her real family is. Rebelling against her parents, finding trustworthy friends, and, most of all, learning about oneself, we will all be able to relate to Leah's warm story.

What to say about this book? I loved it; it was heartfelt; it was magnificently constructed; or all of the above? Actually, MY SO-CALLED FAMILY was more than the above. Courtney Sheinmel created a one-of-a-kind novel that was one of the truest self-discovery stories I have ever read.

Whether old or young, everyone can relate to Leah. Whether it be finding the right friend that you can trust with a powerful secret, loving the skin you're in, or discovering the true meaning of family, we can learn so much from her. Leah also makes us remember what it was like to be an eighth grader, and she grew up in just the right way. She rebelled, she apologized, and most of all she didn't made it look easy. Most books these days show us that becoming a teen is easy for the most part. While you may hit a couple of bumps along the way, overall it will be like nothing happened. Courtney Sheinmel reminds us that it's not all fun and games, but we will survive.

Another great thing about this book is the reality of it. I could really envision Leah's life and felt like I was right there walking beside her. I loved how the sights were real and the story just unfolded in my head. I felt like I was actually living the story instead of just hearing it.

Overall, this was an amazing book that readers of any kind will enjoy. Whether you are a young reader, a teen, or even an adult, you will be mesmerized by Leah's story and will learn to truly value the meaning of family. I hope that Ms. Sheinmel will continue on as an author, as she has an amazing talent that definitely shone through in her debut novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
although I have a father I was sympathetic to the main character's position and admired her courage when she went to find her sister. From the very begining I was captivated by the main topic and loved the book even more when I saw the cover; which I felt portrayed the book beautifully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leah does not have a father,not even a stepfather, she has a doner. But Leah wants to know if she has any siblings that share a doner with her. So one day she sees a website called Lyon's sibling registry .and she finds out that she does have other siblings, and will do anything to reach them. But will Leah convine her mother and her doner that even if all you share si one person your still family.
JackieJF More than 1 year ago
Such an awesome book. It was really easy to identify with the main character and to learn the same life lessons that she did. I couldn't put it down and am so glad that I read it. Really entertaining. Funny at times, sad at times, but a great, great book!
JennJD More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It is a funny and heartwarming examination of what it means to be a family. The point of view is distinctly that of a thrteen year old, but the message is timeless.
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phyllisg37 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this story and I learned a lot and my class is going to read it too-she's a really smart writer
LAA More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book I did not want to put it down. A wonderful story.