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The Other Half of Me Hardcover – September 11, 2007

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“Franklin’s thoughtful story recognizes the questions and answers teens need, as today’s definition of family continues to evolve and expand.” —Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Emily Franklin is the prolific author of the YA series The Principles of Love. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and young children.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (September 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038573445X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385734455
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a well-written story about teenage angst and how things aren't always what they seem. The voice of the story was very strong and as the reader I felt a lot of empathy for the main character. Overall, it was a good book.
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By Nian on January 12, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Though I remember Emily Franklin's debut series, The Principles of Love, not entirely astounding me with its slow pace in the development of her love interests and overall story, I quite liked the tone of her pieces. This one didn't disappoint--and her writing has gotten better (from what I can remember, anyway), so I'm really surprised and delighted.

Jenny Fitzgerald comes from an all around athletic family. Her parents are interested in yard work and running, her sisters Sierra and Sage are dancers, and Russ is ready to become a football player like Jenny's two year long crush, Tate. The different one in the family, Jenny's more artistic and far from being athletic. But that's not the only thing separating her from her family--her biological father is actually Donor #142, so her siblings are only her half siblings. Jenny feels like her family will never understand her that way and she longs to have a relationship like the twins Sierra and Sage do. Jenny finally gets that chance when Tate shows her something amazing: an online organization called Donor Sibling Registry, in which she can sign up and see if Donor #142 has donated other sperm and whether she has other half siblings. Much to her surprise and delightment, she finds Alexa, her half sister. Alexa is impulsive and different, but Jenny feels like she can say and share anything with Alexa. When the latter makes a visit to Jenny's home, things take a definitive turn and Jenny's not sure how to deal.

First of all, love the donor storyline! I always hear about women getting pregnant and having a kid this way, but I've never come across a story where it's told from his/her perspective. It's a great family book: what it means to be a family and how to become one.
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Format: Hardcover
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.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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