The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin // very fun and uplifting summer read!! // Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop at the The Big F blog tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours! Today, I’ll be sharing my review and the tour-wide giveaway with you! You can also follow the rest of the tour here.

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.”

Title: The Big F
Author: Maggie Ann Martin
Published: August 29th 2017 by Swoon Reads
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 306

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The Big F is about Danielle who was supposed to go to Ohio’s university after graduation—but she got her acceptance revoked because she failed her English class. She has failed her mother’s expectations but instead of letting that bring her down, she turns her whole life upside down and proves to everybody that she is still able to have fun and be happy with what she’s doing (even if it wasn’t her first choice).

This book was such a quick and easy read (it’s so easy to binge-read, guys!) and I enjoyed it a lot!

I really like when books have an immersive/intriguing opening line that immediately draws you in or if the first scene of a book pulls you in and leaves you wanting more—and that was definitely the case with The Big F!

It was pretty clear what the focus of the story was going to be and I was very intrigued to find out what would happen in Danielle’s life! I really liked her character arc because it felt very realistic and I could actually relate to her. College can be such a scary thing when you first start out and it’s hard if you want to live up to your parents’ expectations (and sometimes failing to do so).

I definitely remember feeling super anxious when it came to choosing a major and the not-so-happy look on my mum’s face when I told her I’d be studying English but I didn’t know what I was going to do with that degree afterwards! It’s this big, scary, new thing in your life and I can only imagine how terrifying it must be to tell your parents you didn’t get accepted??? That being said, it’s totally not a bad thing at all (!!!) if you don’t get accepted or you don’t plan to go to uni at all—Danielle definitely proves that in this novel. It was very inspiring and encouraging to read about her experiences and how she still manages to find her own way to become truly happy with what she does in the future.

Danielle is the baby and I’m a proud mumma ❤

And I actually enjoyed Porter as a character a lot! He is Danielle’s co-worker at the bookstore she works at and he was so interesting! He was mysterious and closed off at first and I initially thought he was going to be one of those typical douchebag characters but he actually turned out to be totally nice and funny, and very intriguing to me! He had this thing where he kept a lot of notebooks everywhere and he noted down anything that he found interesting or just his thoughts and observations of the day. I thought it was very unique and quirky and he himself said it was therapeutic to him—I actually considered doing the same thing myself! :p

If you remember my ARC August TBR, I mentioned that I was excited to read this book because of the “until she reconnects with her childhood crush” line from the synopsis! There’s something about the childhood sweethearts trope that I really love. But the romance actually turned out to be quite insta-lovey (to me). The beginning was promising when Luke didn’t immediately recognise Danielle (they haven’t seen each other for 6 years) but then they go to a party together and drunkenly decide to become BF and GF????? Now that’s just not realistic.

I mean, they only had about 3 fairly short encounters beforehand, and I don’t think that you suddenly fall for someone you haven’t seen in years??? Even if he was your childhood crush WHEN YOU WERE 12. COME ONNNNN.

So, the thing that I was most excited for turned out to be the one thing I didn’t like about this novel.

Overall, The Big F is a very easy-to-read summer contemporary about college and trying to figure out your future. It shows you that looking at things from a different angle and trying out stuff you’ve never done before might not be so bad after all—and you’ll still be able to find your own way. *inseart aww’s here*



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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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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of The Big F
  • ends September 7th

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Whew, I’m actually quite proud of this review! It’s “only” (depending on how you see it lol) about 700 words long which is quite short as far as I’m concerned.

And I actually really liked how it turned out??? It didn’t take me as long to write as most of my reviews do and I made some last minute changes while formatting this post—and I really like what I did with it! I don’t really know what it is exactly that I like so much but WHO CARES. I LIKE IT AND THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS. GO ME *claps*

And if you’re wondering what’s going on in my life and how my hiatus is going, I’ll be posting a life update thingy next week so stay tuneddddd!

As always, thank you for reading!


What do you think of this book? Have you heard of it before? What experiences have you made with college/university? Good? Bad? None at all? Let’s chat in the comments!


13 thoughts on “The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin // very fun and uplifting summer read!! // Blog Tour + Giveaway

  1. Marie says:

    Lovely review, Jackie! This book sounds really interesting, I think I could relate to the main character a lot as well, and I love how it deals with the confusion of choosing what to do next with your life and everything. Sorry that the romance felt a bit insta-lovey to you, though :/ Great review, thank you for sharing 🙂

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  2. Sophie Li says:

    Hi Jackie! Great review! I’ve heard some good things about this book so far so it is on my tbr 🙂 that’s great that the characters have dimension, though I am also not a fan of instalove!

    I agree that college acceptance/rejection is such a big stressor, and it is relatable that there would be pressure from parents! I was always a good kid so I chose a profession that I knew my parents would favour (pharmacy), instead of what I wanted for myself (art or writing), for better or for worse 🙂


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