The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
Publication Date: August 29, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Review copy provided for the blog tour, special thanks to Giselle of Xpresso Book Tours and the publisher!]
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.
The first chapter was already so intense that I already had this attachment to the book. I knew I had to read until the end because I’d love to see Danielle redeem herself. Especially because she took responsibility for her actions and she became independent.
I like the love triangle in this book. Both Luke and Porter have qualities to love. But one guy stood out for me. And I’m excited for you to read this book so you can fangirl with me. ❤
There were a lot of cute things in this book. There’s pizza in a bookstore (my favorite part!) and little notebooks filled with quirky observations. There’s even a swoonworthy movie shoot, and more adorable moments to put a smile on your face.
However, there’s also a lot of family drama in this book due to lack of communication. Dani and her mom had a difficult relationship because they wanted different things and didn’t talk about compromise right away.
I followed Danielle’s journey, and thought of my own. It’s true that there will be failures and mistakes in life, but we shouldn’t let those bring us down and keep us from chasing our dreams.
The Big F is a story of standing up after a bad fall and using the scars of failure to fuel your drive to succeed.
Final Rating: 4/5
About the Author:
Maggie Ann Martin hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.