“Being lost, being without the plan I’d armed myself with my entire life, got me out of my comfort zone in ways that challenged me and forced me to grow as a person.”
Title: The Big F
Author: Maggie Ann Martin
Number of pages: 304 (paperback)
Good things about this book: Sweet and funny and well-written.
Bad things about this book: Nothing.
Do I recommend it? Yes, it is a fast read.
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Super cheesy. Extra cheesy. Cheese fest!! I can’t deny that cheese carnivals make me laugh but at the same time I like them. Really like them. It’s cliché, it’s predictable, it’s my safe haven. You just know that no matter how many things go wrong there’s going to be a happy ending that’ll make you all smiles and giggles. Just how I like them.
I couldn’t put it down and as much as it was almost 99% obvious how this was going to end, I wanted to know how they were going to get there. I was happy the dreaded trio was not present; won’t say what those are because it may spoil the book a little but if you want to know if there is something you won’t like, just ask.
I feel happy and light right now. The perfect book to calm my restless soul. The little things gave this binge-reading adventure a cute side; the family drama, the friendships, the love for pizza, the pressure of not being a disappointment, and love. You may think everything will go wrong because of one mistake, one failure, but then you take the wheel of your life and lead it to a different road, in the meantime finding different parts about yourself that you just didn’t know were there.
“Did you moan after eating an Oreo?” Porter asked.
I smacked him on the chest. “Shut up. It was delicious.”
Danielle failed a class and now she can’t go the college she chose, that her mom “the college whisperer” thought was perfect for her. Time to think of a plan B and set things straight: find a job, register to the community college for one semester and pass that damned class, be stronger, be independent, find the way to get back to the planned path. Easy! Add Danielle’s childhood crush, a coworker and his notebooks of gossip (yes, that’s a gossip journal, Porter), and maybe this plan B will have a few unpredictable turns.
Luke is a nice guy, maybe too busy with football training and team dinners, but he is sweet and you see he likes Danielle. It just seems too perfect from the beginning, like it was supposed to be that way because they already knew each other and it looked like fate. I thought Luke was a little flat, his personality just didn’t show, he was just nice, and I only saw him as a handsome guy with very blond hair. Love is in the air? I didn’t feel it.
He liked to act all tough and smart and cool, but really he was just a nice kid with eyelashes that were too long for his own good.
Porter, Danielle’s coworker at the bookstore, is the boy with the gossip notebooks and the long eyelashes. He likes to write whatever he sees that catches his eyes. He calls himself observant, maybe he is a little judgey, who knows? Maybe he is both. His little notebooks are a nice touch, though; they give him something more than what Luke has, they make him more interesting. Porter is Luke’s roommate: love triangle? Porter and Luke would have made a wonderful couple but that’s just me and my rainbow filter.
This book is a journey to find who Danielle truly is and wants in life; what she is passionate about not what she thinks she likes to do. It’s about self-discovery and taking her life in her hands and fighting the monster of failure to achieve the level of certainty of who she wants to be. It’s light and fun, sweet and cheesy, and it didn’t make me angry, not once: that’s a plus some books just don’t have.