by Cynthia Weil
E-ARC, 229 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Tanglewood Press
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.
So… something unexpected happened to me last month 👇👇👇
And I am so happy! If you remember, there was this whole mess of Netgalley and Goodreads restricting access for international readers; NG barely has “request” button and instead have “wish for it” while GR doesn’t have international giveaway anymore and increase the price for authors. I’ve been told that the chance of being granted is veeryyyy slim and I can’t believe that I got this book!
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy it.
This book sounds like a fun coming of age stories, filled with road trips and finding-yourself-and-your-family moments and realizing things. And while it was a quick read and I flip through it in a breeze, I did that because there was no substance to the story. I’m sorry that this sounds so mean, but I honestly don’t understand the point of this book. It has such an interesting concept, but the execution was so bad. The plot was all over the place and none of them are fleshed out, the writing is mediocre at best, and the jokes fell flat. I can’t decide whether it’s a satire book or not because I feel like I’m missing some kind of joke here.
And the character, especially the main, is where things went really bad for me. I know I said that I had problems with a lot of book characters, but this one seemed to take the prize.
I can see where KT (our main character, the one that throws blender) coming from; her mom is not exactly a model mom and she just found out that she came from a sperm bank after being told that her dad left her. The thing is, all of that were no excuse on how she acted; she was mean, rude, and spiteful towards everyone. Here are all the things she did during the course of the story (SPOILERS SPOILERS!!!!!)
not really tbh since NOTHING HAPPENS but read at your own risk. :
- Saying nasty things to her mom about not being able to keep a man. Like um, despite changing boyfriends several times, KT’s mom is actually a very present and hardworking woman. It’s not her fault really that she feels the need to have a man in her life, and she does it because she thinks that KT needs a father figure in her life. Just because someone’s not like you doesn’t mean that they are beneath you, especially if it’s your mom.
- Snapped and being childish in general when she thought her BFF (Sasha) got a tattoo without her. And when Sasha went on a trip with her dad. Not being insensitive but like, does Sasha has no right to spend time with her father just because KT has no father figure? And second, I could see before it was revealed that it was a fake tattoo, how could KT did not see it and accused her of being a snake? (that’s literally the tattoo and what KT called her).
- There’s supposed to be a romance in this book but it has no chemistry at all. ZERO. And KT treated him like a garbage.
- Being judgemental towards everyone. This is her main problem, she judges everyone and thinks they are all beneath her. Even to the people who tried to helped her. And when she’s the one in the wrong, she refused to acknowledged it and switch the blame. She expects to have cool siblings but she judges them without trying to get to know them and keep blaming them for all the shits befalling them throughout the trip.
- Preaching about vegetariansm. Meat sucks and we are all beneath her, I get it. Get over yourself.
- And the worst is, she’s holding on to that attitude because she thinks it makes her cool and “good for song writing”.
The other characters are one dimensional and we knew nothing about them as a) we don’t have the time and b) we spend 100% of the time dealing with KT and her attitude.
Overall? Other than how fast I finished this book, there are no positive things that I could say about this book. And I’m really sad because I can see the potential of this book and have high expectations for it. I don’t think I’ve ever been this pissed at finishing a book after The Whispering of Trees, but here we are. If any of you have read this book and liked it, please enlighten me whether this book is a satire or not. If it is, it’s definitely a 3 or 4 stars read for me.