Title: The Other F-Word
Author: Natasha Friend
Published: 07 March 2017 | Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Date Read: 02 April 2017
A fresh, humorous, and timely YA novel about two teens conceived via in vitro fertilization who go in search for answers about their donor.
Milo has two great moms, but he’s never known what it’s like to have a dad. When Milo’s doctor suggests asking his biological father to undergo genetic testing to shed some light on Milo’s extreme allergies, he realizes this is a golden opportunity to find the man he’s always wondered about.
Hollis’s mom Leigh hasn’t been the same since her other mom, Pam, passed away seven years ago. But suddenly, Leigh seems happy—giddy, even—by the thought of reconnecting with Hollis’s half-brother Milo. Hollis and Milo were conceived using the same sperm donor. They met once, years ago, before Pam died.
Now Milo has reached out to Hollis to help him find their donor. Along the way, they locate three other donor siblings, and they discover the true meaning of the other F-word: family.
If you’re going to ask me what interests me to pick this up and read this book I’m probably going to answer you that it’s because of its catchy title and that intriguing but cute cover. I honestly don’t have an idea what the story of this book will be about when I hit the “to-read” button on Goodreads and requested for a review copy as well. But then, I regret nothing because this book surprised me.
Told in the alternating POV of Hollis and Milo, The Other F-Word follows the story of two teens that are biologically connected with each other because they both have the same sperm-donor. Half of their genes came from their mom and half from a sperm donor.
They barely know each other but when Milo gotten in touch with Hollis on his quest to find their father erm their sperm-donor they discovered a lot more than what they are looking form.
I liked Milo and Hollis. They are the type of characters that are so easy to like plus they are bookworms too! Their banters never fail to entertain me as well.
Aside from the main characters Hollis and Milo, I really love how the secondary characters were also given a highlight on the story. I love their moms. I also enjoyed reading about their other siblings. I really enjoy the uniqueness of each character.
Overall, it was a fun, quick and easy read. I really appreciate how the same-sex family was portrayed and in the end learning that family is not really just by blood.
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