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The Big F

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The Big F

In Maggie Ann Martin's new book THE BIG F, for the daughter of a “college psychic,”  the future was one thing Danielle always seemed to have figured out and picking the right college was never something to be worried about. That is, until she failed her AP English class the last semester of her senior year. All of a sudden, because of one failing grade, Danielle is left with a revoked admission and no idea what her future holds. Trying to get back on track, she enrolls at a community college to pass an English class and get back into Ohio State. What she doesn't expect is to reunite with her old neighborhood crush, make friends with a snarky yet handsome coworker and experience many more bumps along the way.

Reading this book felt like a breath of fresh air compared to other contemporaries popular among readers at the moment. One of the things I really enjoyed was that rather than still being in high school and dealing with high school student struggles, Danielle was 18 and a college freshman. Rarely do I find books that are still YA but go into this age range, so it was refreshing to read about. I also loved that the story took place at a community college yet there were never any derogatory comments towards the fact. It takes community college and places it in the spotlight as a good option for student’s futures, which is an aspect I admired.

"I also loved that the story took place at a community college yet there were never any derogatory comments towards the fact."

Setting of the story aside, I loved the journey of self-discovery that Danielle went through in this book. It took a very familiar life lesson about failures a person experiences and puts it into an extremely unique plot line and an aspect of life that teenagers are always worried about: grades and college acceptance. Danielle’s character development was amazing to read about and it was awesome to see her step into the spotlight and figure out who she really was, not what her mother told her she was. I also love that she had supportive friends while going through the entire journey. Her best friend Zoe was an awesome and lovable character to read about!

Speaking of the characters, I absolutely loved all of them! It was great to see a YA book where though a family had it’s problems, it was still stable. Danielle’s parents were great though frustrating at times and I loved the relationship that she had with her brother. Not only that, but I loved Porter, her coworker-turned-friend! He was without a doubt my favorite character and I loved hearing his perspective on other people and the world in general. He was so observant and did a good job of getting Danielle out of her shell.

The romance is also an enormous part of this book, beginning with Danielle reconnecting with her childhood neighbor and crush, Luke. Her relationship with Luke seemed like an enormous trope at first but I loved the way that the author changes the trope, flipping it on it’s head. There were so many cute moments and I swear my heart melted a few times! Overall, the book was an amazing read perfect going into the school year. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys rom-coms like 10 Things I Hate About You. 

Reviewed by Brynn S., Teen Board Member on August 14, 2017

The Big F
by Maggie Ann Martin

  • Publication Date: August 29, 2017
  • Genres: Fiction, Romance, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Swoon Reads
  • ISBN-10: 1250123216
  • ISBN-13: 9781250123213