806 – Cynthia Weil
Release Date: March 2018
Synopsis: Sibling 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.
Review: Cynthia Weil’s 806 was a joy to read during a period that’s been fairly heavy for me. This happily unrealistic road trip of a novel had me laughing and commiserating at the same time. Like KT/Katie, I didn’t meet my father until I was 18 so I can relate to her angst of not knowing and the curiosity that can hound you at times. I think that’s why I was drawn to this book.
While it was funny and cute, I definitely thought of 806 as a coming-of-age story, especially for KT. She goes through this very visual evolution of figuring out her own self-worth that all teenagers go through at some stage. She starts to learn about acceptance–particularly that of the people around her, and how they all tie together to create a family. Her relationship with her mother is fraught but changes drastically by the end. She dislikes her newfound siblings throughout the book but figures out there’s more that binds them together than doesn’t.
If I had one niggle about 806, it would be the book’s plausibility. I didn’t think it was at all believable – some of the things that happen during the road trip had me going “really?” with a bit of a groan. The ending was way too neat for the story as well. The whole novel is about how families are messy and complicated. It was a bit tied up with a bow at the end.
Even so, I really did enjoy 806. It was a nice break from heavy reading and a book I’d recommend if you’re looking for some lighthearted laughs with substance thrown in.
E-book copy generously provided by BookishFirst in exchange for an honest review.