The Big F. Maggie Ann Martin. Young Adult/Contemporary. 2017. 304 pages. 4.5 stars.
I make my own happiness, and for me, my happiness is sharing love and support with those around me.
I received an advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Danielle effed up. Big time.
Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!
Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.
Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.
One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”
I’m pretty sure that that quote epitomizes The Big F. I haven’t enjoyed a contemporary book in a long time and I’m glad to say that this book broke the streak!! It’s fun, cute, and totally relatable. BUT what really won me over was the fact that it was set in college!!
As a college student, I really appreciated this setting since most YA books are set in high school. Most books set in college books are NA novels, and they’re too angsty for my liking. This is why I’m super happy to say that this book is not angsty and includes very healthy relationships!! Shout out to Danielle and Zoe for having such an admirable friendship :((
What also stood out is the writing. It’s super easy to follow. This is the writing style that I enjoy most in contemporary books because it’s just so real. I’m a huge fan of how this book reads, and I’d definitely check out this author’s future novels.
I don’t want to give away too much about this book because it’s really short, and I really think that its worth the read. This would definitely be the kind of book I’d reread if I were in a reading slump, so if you’re going through one right now, then I think this book is for you. And if you aren’t going through one right now, then you should still read it because it’s just really good!!!