The Other F-Word
by Natasha Friend
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
I LOVED this book! It is such a unique twist on the story of finding yourself! Hollis and Milo are such likable characters that I couldn’t help but root for them. I also found myself becoming a fan of their friend JJ who I didn’t like at the beginning of the book.
I myself have never had experience with being adopted or being conceived in this way so the author did an excellent job answering a lot of the questions I had in regards to that. I can, however, relate to losing one of your parents as was the case for Hollis. I lost my own mother six years ago and I have been through all the stages that come with grief.
A lot of the topics tackled in this novel are risky subjects by today’s standards (sadly) but as a person with a fairly open mind I believe the author did a commendable job covering them! I definitely recommend this book!
Natasha Friend is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, My Life in Black and White, Where You’ll Find Me, and The Other F-Word. When she isn’t writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.