REVIEW ´ Spirit Level

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Harriet is a donor conceived an only child She has never considered her family unusualBut things change when her longtime boyfriend chooses New York over thei I kept thinking about how glad I was that there's some fiction around donor conceived kids I would have loved to hand this to my own DC son Of course he would have rolled his eyes and not read it but still I'm glad this book exists Relatable and sweet Spirit Level tackles some big uestions in a refreshingly matter of fact way Recommended

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Spirit Level

R relationship and her best friend leaves her for Paris Level headed Harry can’t keep it togetherMaybe it’s time to do something other than cry into her p This book really sucked me in Harvey captured the mixed feelings of being donor conceived forming relationships with new family and traversing teenage love lifeMy favorite part is that everything is normalized Harry is donor conceived and only has a mom Lucy is a ball of energy with two moms and Alex is a trans man All of those plot points are addressed but never labeled as “bad” Yes Harry is hesitant to start a relationship with Alex but that has to do with Meredith than it does with Alex being trans There were a few iffy points where Harry calls Alex’s situation “the trans thing” However I’d like to hope that’s just her processing through everything that’s happening in her lifeAll in all this is one of the best representations of being donor conceived and I couldn’t be happier to read it Release (Off Balance, just her processing through everything that’s happening in her lifeAll in all this is one of the best representations of being donor conceived and I couldn’t be happier to read it

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Illow and wallow in smoothies Maybe it’s time to think about the bigger picture Maybe it’s time to find some half siblings and redefine her idea of family A copy of this novel was received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest reviewHarry is depressed after losing her best friend slash boyfriend Byron Trying to fill her life up she begins a search for her half siblings She finds two sisters and three brothers One of her sisters Meredith is searching for their donor and Harry isn’t certain she’s comfortable with that She is definitely comfortable with Meredith’s cute best friend though something Meredith doesn’t seem please aboutThis book is full of diverse cast most notably Alex who’s a transgender man Diverse books are important and this one definitely knows it’s subject matter It has intelligent writing about homelessness sex work transgendered people and depression It showcases several non traditional families as being functional and examines the relationships between sperm donor and offspring How half siblings might relate to each other the problem is it’s focusing on a few too many things This book is a hodgepodge of representation plotlines characters and relationships I felt like the synopsis of this book robbed me of the chance to read it The official gives away over half the plot of the novel Things that should be huge and exciting reveals for readers such as Meredith’s lies and Alex being trans are right in the back blurb These are not issues that incite the story but rather the actual climax After that the book sort of just stops The book begins slows but then picks up pace too fast for it’s own good There are so many things happening that it feels like the book isn’t certain where it’s headed There’s a good story about Alex and Harry being together and how Meredith factors in There’s a good story about finding their donor There’s a good story about the homeless girls Harry’s mum works with None of the stories manage to be solid Some characters vanish for entire chapters until they’re needed In particular Harry has a best friend she doesn’t mention or think about until near the end of the bookIt’s important for books to have multiple levels but this one couldn’t seem to decide on a plotline to follow It darted between several stories and left none of them with the development it deservedThe main plot suffers the most for it’s underdevelopmentThere are characters the author clearly wants readers to sympathize with but the ending makes it nearly impossible to Alex looks weak and Meredith is left looking like a monster Spirit Level tosses out some “doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance” line and hopes that readers will just accept it instead of actually showing us that the characters are worth a second chance There’s no real resolution One of the plots is very suddenly brought to a sort of satisfying end and the other three or so are left unfinished and it doesn’t feel intentional It feels like a book cut off in the middle It’s a shame because the book was enjoyable and fast paced but the ending leaves me feeling hollow There is no satisfaction in the way the book ends There are too many loose ends for it to feel finished Wholly Unraveled just stops The book begins slows but then picks up pace too fast for it’s own good There are so many things happening that it feels like the book isn’t certain where it’s headed There’s a good story about Alex and Harry being together and how Meredith factors in There’s a good story about finding their donor There’s a good story about the homeless girls Harry’s mum works with None of the stories manage to be solid Some characters vanish for entire chapters until they’re needed In particular Harry has a best friend she doesn’t mention or think about until near the end of the bookIt’s important for books to have multiple levels but this one couldn’t seem to decide on a plotline to follow It darted between several stories and left none of them with the development it deservedThe main plot suffers the most for it’s underdevelopmentThere are characters the author clearly wants readers to sympathize with but the ending makes it nearly impossible to Alex looks weak and Meredith is left looking like a monster Spirit Level tosses out some “doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance” line and hopes that readers will Greenlighting (Directors Cut just accept it instead of actually showing us that the characters are worth a second chance There’s no real resolution One of the plots is very suddenly brought to a sort of satisfying end and the other three or so are left unfinished and it doesn’t feel intentional It feels like a book cut off in the middle It’s a shame because the book was enjoyable and fast paced but the ending leaves me feeling hollow There is no satisfaction in the way the book ends There are too many loose ends for it to feel finished


10 thoughts on “Spirit Level

  1. says:

    I kept thinking about how glad I was that there's some fiction around donor conceived kids I would have loved to hand this to my own DC son Of course he would have rolled his eyes and not read it but still I'm glad this book exists Relatable and sweet Spirit Level tackles some big uestions in a refreshingly matter of fact way Recommended


  2. says:

    When I saw that this book was about a girl Harriet known as Harry who was donor conceived and gets in contact with her two of her donor sisters I knew I had to read it I was not expecting such a diverse set of characters so that was a pleasant and welcome surprise Harry lives uite a sheltered life very different from the way her mother a Single Mother by Choice grew up and because of this Harry has some growing up to do Her journey begins while she is depressed over her best friend turned boyfriend moving away from Seattle to New York This ends up being a great example of how big changes can lead to a lot of personal growthIt's through Harry's donor siblings and her new possible love interest that she really gets the chance to open her eyes and perhaps learn a little compassion This happens rather slowly and at times I wondered if maybe Harry was being a little unfair But I cared for her and found the book entirely engaging and very contemporary I would recommend it to any teen


  3. says:

    I really enjoyed this book I found it to be a very fast read and one that kept my interest Spirit Level is the story about a girl named Harriet Harriet is the product of a sperm donor She learns in this book that she has siblings There is Lucy Meredith James Adam and Ben The characters are wonderfully developed and engaging The different personalities of the siblings make for some great entertainment


  4. says:

    One thing I liked about this book was the fact that it was diverse That was awesome But I didn’t really like the main character Harry I thought she was kind of judgmental


  5. says:

    I'm tempted to rate it the full 5 stars because damn way to handle things ReallyI've seen review on various YA books with trans characters complain about the cis straight character taking time to process andor wondering what it means for their sexuality the cis straight character thinking about the sexual side of a potential relationship in anything less than totally fine with all of ityou ways non Straight Up Evil characters using terms that aren't the most fully positiveinclusivetumblr flavor of the dayThis book does all of those And it is awesome It's realistic It's normal One of my favorite moments in the book is Harry reading up on it as one does and once she has information reacting to the specifics without ever misgendering Alex she does wonder about the sex because she realizes he would not have been in the position to take hormone blockers start transitioning while at home or pay for much since then An adult body in early transition not corresponding to one's gender is the reality of trans people What is the point of expecting books to ignore it in favor of a cozy feel good for the predominantly cis readers duh non reaction? Anyway unexpectedly great book


  6. says:

    This book really sucked me in Harvey captured the mixed feelings of being donor conceived forming relationships with new family and traversing teenage love lifeMy favorite part is that everything is normalized Harry is donor conceived and only has a mom Lucy is a ball of energy with two moms and Alex is a trans man All of those plot points are addressed but never labeled as “bad” Yes Harry is hesitant to start a relationship with Alex but that has to do with Meredith than it does with Alex being trans There were a few iffy points where Harry calls Alex’s situation “the trans thing” However I’d like to hope that’s just her processing through everything that’s happening in her lifeAll in all this is one of the best representations of being donor conceived and I couldn’t be happier to read it


  7. says:

    If you're looking for a deep and meaningful novel on donor conception this isn't it From the openness speed and ease of finding siblings and the donor to the focus on the mom's feelings it doesn't ring trueThat being said this novel works in other ways A trans character is the main love interest but the sisters' catty competitiveness over him and Harry's focus on his trans ness makes him feel a little sensational


  8. says:

    A must read book for those who have been lost and for those who have found


  9. says:

    A copy of this novel was received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers in exchange for an honest reviewHarry is depressed after losing her best friend slash boyfriend Byron Trying to fill her life up she begins a search for her half siblings She finds two sisters and three brothers One of her sisters Meredith is searching for their donor and Harry isn’t certain she’s comfortable with that She is definitely comfortable with Meredith’s cute best friend though something Meredith doesn’t seem please aboutThis book is full of diverse cast most notably Alex who’s a transgender man Diverse books are important and this one definitely knows it’s subject matter It has intelligent writing about homelessness sex work transgendered people and depression It showcases several non traditional families as being functional and examines the relationships between sperm donor and offspring How half siblings might relate to each other the problem is it’s focusing on a few too many things This book is a hodgepodge of representation plotlines characters and relationships I felt like the synopsis of this book robbed me of the chance to read it The official gives away over half the plot of the novel Things that should be huge and exciting reveals for readers such as Meredith’s lies and Alex being trans are right in the back blurb These are not issues that incite the story but rather the actual climax After that the book sort of just stops The book begins slows but then picks up pace too fast for it’s own good There are so many things happening that it feels like the book isn’t certain where it’s headed There’s a good story about Alex and Harry being together and how Meredith factors in There’s a good story about finding their donor There’s a good story about the homeless girls Harry’s mum works with None of the stories manage to be solid Some characters vanish for entire chapters until they’re needed In particular Harry has a best friend she doesn’t mention or think about until near the end of the bookIt’s important for books to have multiple levels but this one couldn’t seem to decide on a plotline to follow It darted between several stories and left none of them with the development it deservedThe main plot suffers the most for it’s underdevelopmentThere are characters the author clearly wants readers to sympathize with but the ending makes it nearly impossible to Alex looks weak and Meredith is left looking like a monster Spirit Level tosses out some “doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance” line and hopes that readers will just accept it instead of actually showing us that the characters are worth a second chance There’s no real resolution One of the plots is very suddenly brought to a sort of satisfying end and the other three or so are left unfinished and it doesn’t feel intentional It feels like a book cut off in the middle It’s a shame because the book was enjoyable and fast paced but the ending leaves me feeling hollow There is no satisfaction in the way the book ends There are too many loose ends for it to feel finished


  10. says:

    I didn't know what to expect with this book I honestly don't even remember getting it at BEA It was kind of refreshing to read a book having no expectations Harry Harriet is a donor conceived child Her single mother decided she wanted a baby so she used an anonymous sperm donor to get pregnant Now she's 16 years old I think and alone for the summer Her best friend is abroad and she just broke up with her boyfriend who moved from Seattle to NYC with his father Harry decides it's time to find her half siblings using the Donor Sibling RegistryHarry ends up finding two sisters who also live in Seattle Lucy is 14 years old and half Asian Her moms used the same donor to conceive her and her half brother who's away at college in Oregon Meredith is 18 and she's run away from Montana to come find her father as she calls their donor She's brought along her best friend Alex Lucy is sweet and SUPER peppy Meredith is sullen and angry and a little unstableThis book was rather short but I enjoyed the very different story Harry Lucy and Meredith had some serious drama just like any sisters All of the adults in this book were very realistic and really added to the story I especially loved Harry's grandmotherThere were some other unexpected topics involved in the plot that I won't mention because I don't want to spoil anything but I am unsure what to think about how one thing was handled It was a rather optimistic outcome but I appreciated the juxtaposition to another book I read recently Did I just annoy the heck out of you with that ambiguity? Sorry Not sorry You'll have to read the bookhttpwwwmomsradiuscom201608boo