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.
My Rating: 1 Star
I went into 806 really looking forward to an interesting read, I was expecting an easy, humorous and interesting story that I could zoom through. Unfortunately, none of my predictions were correct and I was forced to DNF this book not long after the 50 page mark. My reasons for disliking this book are confusing and unclear, however, I will attempt to condense them into a few main points.
- Narration. My first main complaint with this book is the narration; it felt slow and clunky, everything was described in more detail than I cared for & the narrator annoyed my straight away. I found KT (abbreviated from Katie), the narrator, rude and disrespectful towards authoritative figures, particularly her mother, as seen in the first few pages of the book. This set the book up for failure from the start.
- Characters. Every character I came across in my (admittedly rather short) encounter with this book felt stereotyped and cliched, I could neither relate, nor feel emotions towards, any of the characters.
- Writing. Argh… the writing. Without coming across as rude or disrespectful towards the author, who obviously put a lot of effort into this book, I want to say that this book could have honestly benefited from some heavy duty editing; it was simplistic in the most boring sense of the word, and the language used did nothing to keep me engaged.
- Road Trip Storyline. This experience has taught me that I’m not a huge fan of either character based novels or road trip stories, especially when they are poorly written. This evaluation leads me to doubt my feelings towards this story. Could it be that my relationship with the book requires more of a ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ approach? In my heavily biased opinion, no.
Have you read 806 by Cynthia Weil? What did you think of it? What are your thoughts on road trip novels?
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.