806 by Cynthia Weil


A Novel
Age Range: 14 - 18
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Three St. Louis teens, half siblings conceived by donor insemination, embark on a summer road trip in 2008 to find their shared biological father.

Trying to track down her biological father, budding musician and songwriter KT learns she owes her existence not to her mother’s ex-husband, who left before KT’s birth, but to donor 806, selected on the basis of his Cryosperm profile (Harvard degree), who’s elected to remain anonymous. Using a donor-sibling registry, KT locates two half brothers among her classmates: Gabe, a nerdy amateur magician with allergies, and Jesse, a handsome, popular athlete. Gabe recently learned of his DI conception. Jesse was told early. With his lesbian moms splitting up, Jesse hopes his bio dad might offer new options. After a setback, the three head out on a wild quest featuring lucky, if unlikely, coincidences, including clerical and spelling errors. Settings include the sperm bank, a car wash/brothel, a seedy casino, and a celebrity golf tournament to aid people with color blindness. Like a TV sitcom, the plot relies on titillating sexual innuendo (DI mechanics are played for laughs) and exaggerated characterization. Clichés and cultural stereotypes abound. The white teens’ discovery that 806 is African-American, to everyone’s dismay, is wince-inducing. The satire of celebrity vanity and self-absorption is funny (the author’s an accomplished lyricist, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) but tangential to the plot.

Risqué adult fare in teen drag. (Fiction. 14-18)

Pub Date: March 13th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-939100-14-6
Page count: 232pp
Publisher: Tanglewood Publishing
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2017


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