The Big F by Maggie Ann MartinThe Big F by Maggie Ann Martin

The Big F

byMaggie Ann Martin

Paperback | August 29, 2017

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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 until she failed senior English and her single college acceptance was rescinded.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.

Praise for The Big F:

"The quirkiest, most fun-loving read of [the year] so far!" -RT Book Reviews

"Danielle is a savvy, likable character with whom teens will easily identify." -School Library Journal

"An easy, enjoyable read." -VOYA

"Fun, cute, and totally relatable." -Book Allure

Maggie Ann Martin, author of The Big F and To Be Honest, hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She earned her 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 ov...
Title:The Big FFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.28 × 5.48 × 0.85 inPublished:August 29, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250123216

ISBN - 13:9781250123213

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Friendship and Family are the Important Fs The Big F is a light and fun story with the occasional cutes and swoons. It has its frustrating moments but the focus on family and friendship were solid. Danielle's relationship with her family was a big part The Big F. Her closeness with her brother was one of my favourite thing. They got along so well and were there for each other during the bad and good times. Danielle's mother on the other hand... I hated her. A lot. Most of the time I felt she was being unfair to her daughter. They never got into any huge arguments but they clashed a lot. Seeing as both had faults I was happy they were later able to repair their bond. Besides Danielle's best friend Zoe, who always rooted for her, I liked the friendship she finds with her college English teacher. They don't start off on the best of terms but over time and with more interactions they developed an easy and encouraging rapport. I was so wary of the love triangle in The Big F. I don't think this is a spoiler since the synopsis practically gives it away but I really wanted Danielle to wake up and see how Porter's the right one for her. No offense to Luke because he was a nice boy and good to her but he just didn't feel right. It was obvious Danielle was with him because of her childhood crush. She was hung up on fulfilling that dream. The romance definitely dragged but I liked the no fuss conclusion. With great personal exploration, fun friendships and a cutesy romance The Big F was a good read. I'd definitely recommend girls just coming out of high school to read this one for some inspirations.
Date published: 2017-10-20

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Big F:"Martin's first book is nothing short of amazing! You'll laugh, cry and scream with every page as you follow Danielle and her realistic yet zany post-high-school antics. . . . The Big F deserves an A-plus for being the quirkiest, most fun-loving read of [the year] so far!" -RT Book Reviews"A debut novel sure to resonate with high schoolers who eagerly anticipate graduation and the start of college. . . . Danielle is a savvy, likable character with whom teens will easily identify. . . . Romance fans will enjoy this fast-paced story that features an interesting set of characters and satisfying conclusion." -School Library Journal"Danielle is a likeable character who tries to do the right thing. Readers will have confidence in her even when she sometimes lacks self-assurance. . . . An easy, enjoyable read." -VOYA"'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.' I'm pretty sure that that quote epitomizes The Big F. . . . Fun, cute, and totally relatable." -Book AllurePraise for The Big F from the Swoon Reads community: "What a fun read. . . . I was rooting for Danielle from the first page." -Anna S., reader on"The Big F is such a fun and awesome read . . . It's great to see Danielle learning more on what makes her happy, overcoming her mistakes, and growing into a better person." -Chen Yan Chang, reader on"I really loved this story and it's something I would read over and over again." -GM, reader on