Monday, August 28, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

The Big F
Maggie Ann Martin
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.

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My Review:

4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Romance, Teen--

Danielle had her life all figured out, but when she failed her English class, she was declined from her dream school, which just so happened to be the only school she applied to. Dreading telling her parents, she waits until her cousin aka enemy forces her hand and she spills the truth. Deciding to take her floundering future into her own hands, Danielle enrolls in the local community college where she learns lessons on how to grow up, what she wants out of life and who she really is.

​I was a big fan of the fact the main character goes to a community college. This is such a nice change of pace from all the other teen books out there where the high school student has their life all planned and gets into one of their top college choices. As someone who wanted to safe money and attended a community college first, I think it is great that this book shows that it is ok. Life doesn't have to be 100% figured out by the time you are 18, there are LOTS of other options and this was such a positive spin on what at first appeared to be the end of the world. Mad props to Maggie for creating an out of the box approach to the mainstream growing up story and showing that life has so many possibilities.

This story was about Danielle's journey to becoming more than she was, every awkward encounter along the way helped to shape her path, including the guys she interacted with. Beware, there is a love triangle here. One boy just so happens to be Danielle's childhood fantasy come to life, yet they have basically have nothing in common and barely interact, they kind of just fell into a relationship- I personally feel he was more of an idea to her than a real person. And the other, well, Porter was one of my favorite people in the book in general. He was so fleshed out and developed as a character, he challenged Danielle to be better, to think about what she wanted and helped her figure out how to get it. I rooted hard for him and every time they could have the possibility of getting together I wanted to cheer. Stupid stubborn people who refused to talk or see the truth right in front of them!

The relationship dynamics between all the characters were really what made the story for me. We have the best friend Zoe who has her own life going on but still was able to support Danielle when she needed it and give her an ear to vent (I would love a story about Zoe!). There was the younger aspiring actor brother who was another close friend and confidant to Danielle. There was the tension filled relationship with her mother, making every interaction a challenge or battle. The ever so easy, yet boring relationship between her and Luke. And the teasing, provoking interactions with Porter. Everything came together to create the story and show the growth that Danielle went through in the story.

​I thought this was such a cute feel good story and I enjoyed every minute Danielle's awkward, clumsy journey. There were moments where I wanted to shake sense into Danielle, but she needed to find her own way and she did. I highly recommend this story for anyone looking for a cute fast growing-up/romance with an endearing group of people.

I received this title in return for my honest review.

Author Bio:

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 comment:

  1. Great review, Katherine! This sounds like a really cute and fun weekend read! :)