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The Other Half of Me by Emily Franklin

The Other Half of Me

by Emily Franklin

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I really wanted to like this story about a girl whose mom used anonymous donor sperm to get pregnant, and the girl's discovery of a sibling through the Donor Sibling Registry. I'm sorry to say that I found the secondary characters to be virtual cardboard cut-outs, the situations mostly unbelievable. Franklin seems to be trying too hard for an interesting plot. Still, I'm glad to see a donor-conceived kid in a book, any book. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
Very good. Jen has known all her life that she was part of the family because of Donor #142. She feels something is missing and that she is out of sorts with her family. She likes Tate from afar and he shows up at her house to 'visit' with her brother. They start seeing eachother and Tate talks her into trying to find out if she has any other half siblings out there. She searches the internt and gets an email from a girl that has Donor #142 as a father. Alexia comes to meet Jen and her family but things don't go as well as Jen thought they would. See how Jen reconciles with Alexia and Tate and her family. ( )
  libraryclerk | Nov 11, 2009 |
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

Jenny's a painter in a family full of sports lovers. She can't catch a ball to save her life. Is it any wonder she feels like an outsider in her own family?

While she has always known that she's the product of a sperm donor, it never really made much difference until she reads an article about tracking down relations. Now she can't let go of the idea.

Could there be a sibling out there, just like her? Is Jenny brave enough to meet her half-sister once she finds her?

Finally, Jenny believes she's found the part of her that's been missing for years.

Emily Franklin's written another notable drama full of high angst where the main character struggles to find her identity. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 12, 2009 |
It was awesome, I read it three times in a row.
A book must be good to have me read it over and over. ( )
  KeenePubLibYA | May 14, 2008 |
this is the story of a girl trying to find her place within her family. The twist is she is the daughter of doner # 142 and her mom; she has three half siblings and her father adopted her. when she meets her half sister (another child from doner #142) it isn't at all what she expected.
while at times predictable, it was a sweet story that is sure to resonate with YA's coming of age knowing that they weren't conceived in a "traditional" way. ( )
  faither | Oct 4, 2007 |
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JENNY FITZGERALD HAS been outside the huddle, trying to fit in to her sports-obsessed family. The only time she knows the score is when she's holding an egg-carton palette and painting on a canvas, but even then she feels as though something is missing.

Unlike her three younger siblings, Jenny knows her biological father only as Donor #142.

As Jenny's 16th summer draws to a close, she feels more alienated than ever. But then a chance meeting with gorgeous über-jock Tate leads Jenny to reach out to someone else who might know exactly how she feels. With Tate by her side, Jenny searches for a genetic relative in the Donor Sibling Registry and discovers that she has a half sister, Alexa. Jenny hopes their budding relationship will fill the gaps in her life, but when Alexa shows up on her doorstep for a surprise visit, the changes in Jenny's world are much bigger than she could ever have imagined.

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Feeling out of place in her athletic family, artistic sixteen-year-old Jenny Fitzgerald, whose biological father was a sperm donor, finds half sister through the Sibling Donor Registry and contacts her, hoping that this will make her feel complete.

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