Review: The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

Title: The Big F

Author: Maggie Ann Martin

Pages: 280 Pages

Publisher: Swoon Reads/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

The Blurb

A spunky, contemporary novel about friendship, failure, and what happens when things don’t go according to plan, ideal for readers who like their heroines smart and strong—but not perfect.

Nominated for Best Young Adult Novel by the 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards!

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plans for the future were all figured out… until she failed senior English and her single college acceptance was rescinded.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.

Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, The Big F is a smart, funny, and highly relatable novel by debut author Maggie Ann Martin about finding your own way after one epic fail.

The Review

Ok. We know that I am a sucker for an interesting cover and it was the cover of The Big F that initially caught my eye. And since I am trying (unsuccessfully) to downsize my collection of YA books by donating them to the school library in which I work I decided to bump The Big F to the top of the list.

I am so glad that I did. The Big F is a book that surpasses the cover. Maggie Ann Martin’s story focuses on Danielle, a young girl who has had her future set out since before she could remember. She will be going to a specific college (as picked by her psychic mum) and she is going to do fantastic while she is there. However, fate isn’t set in stone and sadly Danielle doesn’t get into college. She failed. The Big F is a story about growing up and adjusting our life plans to the plans that life has for you instead.

My favourite part of this story was the relationship that Danielle had with her mother. It was so complex and difficult and Maggie Ann Martin absolutely nailed the breakdown of communication without wrapping it up in a neat bow. She made it seem real.

The Big F is a book that is firmly placed in that awkward category – when your protagonist is not quite an adult yet but they are no longer a child. Maggie Ann Martin cleverly displays just how hard it is for someone to be hanging in that precarious age balance.

The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin is available now.

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