Friday, October 20, 2017

Review: The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin


The Big F by Maggie Ann MartinThe Big F
by Maggie Ann Martin
August 29, 2017
304 pages


Goodreads Summary:
Danielle effed up. Big time.

Danielle's plans for the future were all figured out... until she failed senior English and her single college acceptance was rescinded. Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass English 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.

 

Review

The Big F is a light and fun story with the occasional cutes and swoons. It has its frustrating moments but the focus on family and friendship were solid.

Danielle's relationship with her family was a big part The Big F. Her closeness with her brother was one of my favourite thing. They got along so well and were there for each other during the bad and good times. Danielle's mother on the other hand... I hated her. A lot. Most of the time I felt she was being unfair to her daughter. They never got into any huge arguments but they clashed a lot. Seeing as both had faults I was happy they were later able to repair their bond.

Besides Danielle's best friend Zoe, who always rooted for her, I liked the friendship she finds with her college English teacher. They don't start off on the best of terms but over time and with more interactions they developed an easy and encouraging rapport.

I was so wary of the love triangle in The Big F. I don't think this is a spoiler since the synopsis practically gives it away but I really wanted Danielle to wake up and see how Porter's the right one for her. No offense to Luke because he was a nice boy and good to her but he just didn't feel right. It was obvious Danielle was with him because of her childhood crush. She was hung up on fulfilling that dream. The romance definitely dragged but I liked the no fuss conclusion.

With great personal exploration, fun friendships and a cutesy romance The Big F was a good read. I'd definitely recommend girls just coming out of high school to read this one for some inspirations.
 
3.5 Cats
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way.

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