Hello, everyone! Today is officially the LAST day of the blog tour for The Big F by debut author, Maggie Ann Martin. I was thrilled to have the chance to participate in this tour and review the book. If you’ve missed the other posts in the tour, you can always click here and check them out.
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: August 29th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Big F is a book that I’ve had my eye on for awhile. It sounded like a great story when I first heard about it and then I started seeing quite a few positive reviews for it which made me even more interested in it. I’m really happy that I was able to participate in the blog tour because I ended up thoroughly enjoying The Big F when I read it.
You can probably tell from the blurb there’s a bit of a love triangle in The Big F. Danielle reconnects with her childhood crush, Luke, and ends up dating him, but also ends up becoming really good friends with her coworker, Porter. I really liked Luke at first, but as time went on, I found him to be annoying and rude. He doesn’t really communicate well with Danielle and I felt that she often felt pressured to stay with him (and have sex with him) because she had liked him when she was younger, even though he’s not really the best match for her. I really liked seeing Danielle get closer to Porter. They had a really great friendship, as Porter is really supportive of Danielle and tries to push her to do what will make her happy rather than what is expected of her. I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, so I’ll leave it at that.
For me, Danielle was the highlight of this book. She’s a wonderful protagonist. She starts off kind of insecure and not really sure of herself, as she just recently found out that her future plans have kind of been crushed. She’s really embarrassed and not sure what to do. But as time goes on, she starts to realize that it’s okay to make mistakes and that she can take time to figure out what she wants to do and how she can fix her mistakes. I loved seeing her slowly become sure of herself and more assertive; she eventually starts to do what will make her genuinely happy rather than what she feels is expected of her. I simply loved seeing her grow over the course of the story.
The one thing about The Big F that I didn’t like was that a lot of the girls were portrayed as catty, cruel, and jealous. Aside from Danielle’s best friend, Zoe, and her childhood best friend, Olivia, the girls in the book are pretty much all depicted as these bratty, selfish girls who are out to ruin Danielle’s life, confidence, friendships, etc. I mean, one of the first scenes in the book is a family dinner where her cousin forces her to admit in front of everyone that her acceptance into Ohio State was rescinded. Then there’s Porter’s girlfriend who gets jealous of Danielle and Porter being friends and Luke’s cousin who seems to enjoy nothing except talking about herself and how great her life is. It was frustrating to see so many women in the book be depicted so stereotypically.
I have to say though, I loved Danielle and Zoe’s friendship. Zoe is one of the few girls portrayed positively and she was so wonderful. She’s always really supportive of Danielle and helps her whenever she needs it. She pushes her to do what’s best for her and what will make her happy but also forces Danielle to face the truth when she’s ignoring it. Their friendship felt wonderfully real to me and was something that I absolutely adored reading about in the book. I only wish we had gotten more one-on-one scenes between the two of them, as a lot of the time, their interactions were in a group setting.
The Big F was pretty much everything I expected it to be. It’s a wonderful contemporary romance novel that’s perfect for someone looking for a cute, fun, quick read. The only issue I had was with how stereotypical some of the female characters were. Ultimately though I’m really pleased with The Big F and would recommend giving it a try if it sounds like something you’d like.
Content warnings: teen alcohol use, character feels pressured to have sex
Thank you to the publisher and Xpresso Book Tours for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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.
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