Friday, April 27, 2018

806: A Novel by Cynthia Weil- Book Review and Giveaway!

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Welcome to YA Friday! Today I have a review of 806: A Novel, a YA contemporary novel by Cynthia Weil. The publisher is offering one copy up as a giveaway. Just fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter. If you don't see it click, 'read more'.

The Story-
KT's mom is too dependant, she is always falling hard for men and then getting dumped by them. When KT learns that her real father is a sperm donor, she heads out to find her bio dad and perhaps some siblings. What she finds are two kids from her own high school, one a swim jock and the other an allergy beset nerd. Together they decide to get to the truth of the matter. Just who is donor 806, how are they like him, and can he help them solve their current life problems?

A road trip is in order, but what they find on the way is not what they expected.

My Thoughts-

This was a fun and easy read that I was able to just chill with and take a break. The story is modern, with a sperm donor hunt and teenagers who feel out of place and unsure of themselves. The real catch is that 806 is not the real donor, and so the three teenagers set out to find their actual donor. Along the way they bond, discover how to just "be", and learn their own meaning of family.

I enjoyed the ongoing unraveling of the mystery of the correct donor. There are definite twists, but they are simple and fun. I really like the hippie dude who seems to be a real psychic. The kids journey takes on the classic tale of, "my donor is really someone rich and famous", but it seemed to fit well with the plot and is not over done. There are no sudden riches or ongoing fame. Instead, each of the kids are able to find a piece of themselves in their bio dad, and that in turn helps them come to terms with who they are as individuals.

I think the best part is the love of music that both KT and her bio dad share. It is a true moment when they are up on stage playing together. I also enjoyed the touch of romance that follows KT around. I think teens will enjoy the story and road trip, so I'm giving this book a 4!

The Author-
Cynthia Weil is best known as the lyricist of such classic songs as "On Broadway," "Just Once," Here You Come Again," "Somewhere Out There," "Don't Know Much," "He's So Shy," "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place," and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," the most played song of the 20th century. Collaborating with her husband, Barry Mann, and others, she has written countless standards. Weil has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (only the 3rd woman to receive this honor in the non-performing category). She has been honored with multiple Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards for "Somewhere Out There," which won the awards for "Motion Picture Song of the Year" and "Song of the Year."

Currently featured as a real-life character in the Tony Award-winning musical 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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  1. "Cynthia Weil sang "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," what is your first memory of that song?" I see online that she co-wrote the song--I'm not sure I can find any version where she sings it. But I know I've always been aware of The Righteous Brothers' version!

    1. You are right, she wrote the lyrics! Gotta fix that.

  2. oh my I think I probably heard it back when I WAS in my teens .... I like the song now, didn't back then LOL

  3. This was a great young adult book. I loved the story, and the characters were relatable. It was a quick read, because I wanted to keep going and see what happens.

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