Hello all my bookish readers! Today is an interesting review of a book I had heard absolutely nothing about, and sadly I learned why. We are going to be talking about Cynthia Weil’s book 806 and why although it was an amazing idea to write this book, it didn’t deliver on what it should have.
Just wanted to say thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for letting me read an eARC of this book. I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Author: Cynthia Weil
Format: eARC, Netgalley
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publication Date: March 13, 2018
Triggers: Stalking, Homophobia
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.
Let’s just say, very few things. With every book I review, I always try and find something that was at least good. This book did not make that concept easy AT ALL. I guess one of the two things I enjoyed with this book was Gabe’s character. I thought he was cute and hilarious, he had a lot of personality and he was just very likeable. The other thing was the plot’s potential. I read the synopsis on Netgalley and said to myself “wow.. I need to read this! It sounds so good!” The plot potential has to count as something right?
Okay, get ready because it’s going to get kinda lengthy lol. First, our main character Katie (Katherine, KT, whatever you want to call her), she was unbelievably the most annoying character I have ever read. She was so unlikeable, so rude and just mean I couldn’t stand it. The way she talked to her mother was crazy, all because she wanted to provide a father figure for Katie?? Seriously??
Next, was Dylan. Dylan was the ‘love interest’ in our story. The reason why he is like one of the top things I disliked the most was because he literally stalked Katie the entire book, then they ended up together. I mean, this high school kid followed this girl into all these different states, through all these different adventures just to watch her. The book tried to play it off as if he was ‘protecting her’ and making sure she was okay, but no I’m sorry that’s just too weird.
Third thing, and probably the most laughable part of this book was the over the top ridiculous things they had to do throughout the entire story. First, impersonating themselves as a patient in a sperm bank so Katie could just sneak behind a man and look through filing cabinets to find their fathers donor info. Then, they ran out of gas on the side of the road and literally stole from a cop by throwing his keys into a patch of grass and filling up their tank then running. Like how… how does that even work. And the craziest thing about all of that? They get away with it! I couldn’t help but eyeroll through the entire book it was that cheesy.
Fourth and final thing, but probably one of the most annoying, was when we finally find the father, and everything is just peachy. It’s like the story ends at 170 pages and the rest is kind of useless. I expected like this big blow up when they met their actual father seeing as to who he was, and there wasn’t. It was just all okay and I feel like the rest of the book was just so that the book could reach over 200 pages.
It was rough but I got through this. I don’t usually give books such low ratings but oh my god! I couldn’t help myself with this one.