Sunday, April 2, 2017

{Blog Tour} The Other F-Word - Natasha Friend (Review & Giveaway)

The Other F-Word
by Natasha Friend
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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 ex-treme 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 want to start out by saying I loved this book.  The entire topic of being on the hunt for your sperm donor was completely new to me.  I have read books about trying to find adoptive families, but this book hit on entirely different emotional level for me and was just such a complex read I couldn't put it down.

The book follows two main character Milo and Hollie while they hunt for their sperm donor.   Each main character has their own issues that they also need to work on throughout the book.

Milo is allergic to everything and wants to find his sperm donor to be able to see if they would be open to testing to see where his allergies comes from.  Milo has two mom's who seem somewhat supportive of his decisions to find the donor, but they also have some issues that arise.   Milo is the one who seems to be leading the charge to find the sperm donor, but he does need help along the way.  Milo is trying really hard not to get his hopes up, but he is still a teenager with a lot of emotions.  Milo has a strong family and also a strong friend who help guide him through this process. 

Hollie was my favorite character in the book.  She has such a unique personality and so many conflicts in her head that she is trying to work out.  Hollie isn't sure how to get over her mother's passing, but sort of ignores that at the same time.  The author does an amazing job jumping into Hollie's head to explore what is going on and really giving the reader a lot of insight into why she does things.  I love when we get to read what she should have said out loud and what she actually says. 

The topic was a very difficult one for an author to write about.  First you are dealing with the entire idea of a sperm donor, while adding in same sex couples, loss of a parent, and an adopted child so in the end it makes for one emotional read.  I was completely hooked on this book and couldn't put it down.  I read it very quickly because the story flowed perfectly for me.  I also needed to have the tissue box near me while reading this one! The author didn't take any of these larger topics easily and she really explored a lot of the emotions and issues that went along with these topics.   I think my favorite part was when she touched on having a bad habit one does to avoid dealing with these issues.

The author really explored a lot of the characters in this book and I completely think could have spin off books exploring other characters more deeply.  

I would suggest this as a weekend read.  I couldn't put it down and I became super invested when I was reading that I didn't even leave the couch (until I had to get the tissue box).

I received a copy of this book from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the purpose of providing an honest review.  This does not effect my opinion of this book. 

My Rating: 5/5


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.


  1. I SO loved this book too!! It was so unique, and I love a YA book where the romance doesn't dominate the storyline. Glad you loved it too!

    Thanks for being on the blog tour!!

    1. I am on the exact same page as you! I loved this book it was just such a unique YA read! Thank you for stopping by!

  2. I have seen this pop up a couple of times lately and I am so interested. The sperm donor angle is new to me too. Great review!!

    1. It is an interesting read and definitely not like any other YA I have read! Thank you for stopping by!


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