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Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Review - The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin


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By Suze

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Danielle's mother has a clear plan for her daughter and that includes the college she went to herself. She helps every other student in the area to get into the college of their choice, but her own child failed an important class and therefore her admission is rescinded. Danielle has a big problem, she doesn't only have to come up with a new strategy for her future, she will also disappoint her mother. Danielle is determined to solve her own issues and enrolls in her hometown community college to pass the course she failed. She also finds herself a job at a bookstore. There she meets Porter, her first college friend. His roommate Luke coincidentally lived next door to Danielle when they were younger and is now back in town. Danielle isn't alone and suddenly community college doesn't seem so daunting anymore.

College isn't as bad as Danielle thought. She tries to fix her own mistakes, she has the chance to find out what she's passionate about and she falls in love for the first time. She still messes up and she certainly doesn't get everything right the first time, but she is trying and finds out that success is all about the road she's on and not the destination.

The Big F is a great story. I immediately admired Danielle. She isn't afraid to look inside herself and work on her shortcomings. She doesn't pretend, she is who she is. I loved that she's determined to solve her own problems instead of counting on her mother's expertise to get her out of a messy situation. She admits her mistakes, she knows she'll mess up again and she keeps trying over and over again. That's a fantastic idea for a story. She isn't perfect and that makes her a very realistic main character. She's also easy to like and to sympathise with, which warmed my heart.

Maggie Ann Martin writes about a subject that's reality for a lot of girls Danielle's age. Not everyone's future is set and plans sometimes can't be executed because life gets in the way. I loved the way she writes about resilience, about setbacks and the beauty of being strong enough to fight your way out of a difficult situation. Danielle asks for help, she has friends who are there for her and she isn't afraid to tell people how she feels, which makes her story interesting and gives it plenty of different layers. She's a regular girl with normal problems and that makes her accessible, which is another thing I liked about The Big F. The story is never over the top and it doesn't have huge highs or lows, but it's captivating from beginning to end. Maggie Ann Martin has written a terrific enjoyable story.


If you love realistic stories about going to college, first love and discovering what's important in life you will definitely like The Big F.

About Maggie Ann Martin

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.



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  1. I like the premise!


  2. This sounds wonderful. I had all kinds of plans and got a big surprise. Life went a different way. I think I'd like Danielle:)

  3. Ya and a college romance. All the thing that I love. This went straight to my Amazon WishList.

  4. YA is not the usual genre that I read. That being said the books sounds like a book I would love to read after binge reading a bunch of paranormal or fantasy books. :P

  5. Great review! This sounds like my kind of book. I love how eye opening and substantial it seems, and I already like the sounds of Danielle!

  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

  8. It sounds like a great book and my kind of read.

  9. I like it when people try to tackle their own problems.

  10. What a great book for back to school reading!

  11. This just sounds like a really great book!

  12. sound interesting and danielle courage can be inspiring, thanks for the review

  13. I like that Danielle keeps working to fix her mistakes.

  14. The book sounds great, I will definitely pick it up.

  15. Great moral story for those in school & older. Exam success isn't everything - life is what you make it!