by Natasha Friend
To be published on March 7, 2017
Source: ARC for review from publisher
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.My take: Overall, I enjoyed this, but not without a few bumps along the way. There were a few things about this book that I had to get used to. First off, though the characters range from 14-16, this book read a little on the young side to me. It's hard to say if it was some of the characters' maturity level and voice or the fact that the book was narrated in alternating third-person, but I couldn't get away from the feeling that I was reading tween/middle-grade, and ultimately I think that's where this story belonged (though there was a little bit of content that would put it more in YA.)
The other thing I had to get past was that, for me, this book was a LOT at first. There were a lot of characters (the two narrators, their three parents, and then a total of three or four other kids) and there were a bunch of issues (grief, sperm donation, the parental rights of gay parents, food allergies, slut shaming and cyber-bullying) that were raised. I tend to prefer my books a little more streamlined, especially on the issue front.
But after a period of adjustment, I settled into the story. There were a lot of issues, but in the end there was a purpose for incorporating them. Many of them were related to the death of one character's mom and the daughter's guilt and grief, something I thought was handled really well and very movingly. Not sure if all of the issues were handled as thoroughly as they should have been, which is a drawback for issue-packed stories.
All in all, if the topic interests you and if you don't mind a slightly younger-feeling story, give this a try.