About the book:
Title: My So-Called Family
Author: Courtney Sheinmel
Genre & Age Group: Realistic fiction, middle grade
Leah Hoffman-Ross just moved to New York and she wants her new friends to think she’s a typical thirteen-year-old. But Leah has a secret: She doesn’t have a father; she has a donor. Before Leah was born, her mother went to Lyon’s Reproductive Services and picked Donor 730. Now Leah has a stepfather and a little brother, and her mom thinks that they should be all the family Leah needs.
Despite her attempts to fit in and be normal, Leah can’t help but feel like something is missing. When she finds the link to the Lyon’s Sibling Registry, Leah has to see if she has any half siblings. And when she discovers that one of the other kids from Donor 730 is a girl her age, Leah will do anything to meet her — even if she has to hide it from everybody else.
Source: Public library
How I Found Out About It: Goodreads
Review: This was a very interesting story, all about something I’ve never really thought about, donors. I find genetics and biology very interesting, and I thought that this was a pretty creative topic to write a book on to give readers more awareness about kids with donor parents. I have never known someone that had a donor instead of a dad and that’s what got me to pick up this book and start reading. Readers may be able to easily relate to Leah in her troubles of fitting in, and worrying what others think of her because she didn’t have a real dad. I really liked her because she was very persistent in what she wanted, and also very understanding at the same time. It was a very fast read, yet every page was appealing! This book has a great lesson that states that anyone could be family, even if they aren’t blood related!
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
30 Day Book Challenge:
Today’s prompt is a book that I thought I wouldn’t like very much, but ended up really enjoying! I haven’t had any 5 star reads that fell under this category yet, but when I put Fallout by Todd Strasser on my TBR list, I thought that because the main character was a tween boy and that it was about a nuclear war, I wouldn’t like it that much. It actually turned out to be very interesting and informative! Review to come!