The Big F is Maggie Ann Martin’s debut novel with Swoon Reads. I love this imprint, and The Big F was not a disappointment! I was expecting something different, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised by this story.
Danielle messed up big time. She was all set to attend Ohio State until she failed her high school AP Lit class. Instead of letting her mother, the college psychic, know and use her connections to get Danielle reaccepted, she keeps it a secret well into summer. When her debacle is revealed, she must earn her parents’ trust back. Luckily, Danielle has a plan. She’s going to enroll at the local community college, take a literature class that will make up for her failed class, and get a job. What she wasn’t planning on was reconnecting with her old neighbor and childhood crush, Luke.
I really enjoyed being inside Danielle’s head. I thought she was a well-developed character and I loved watching her learn to own her mistakes and take on the responsibility to fix them herself. It was great seeing her figure out her passion and how that differed from her mother’s plan. I also appreciated the friendship Danielle had with her best friend, Zoe. It really did feel like they were best friends who hung out with each other on a regular basis and supported each other. I would’ve liked to seen more about Zoe, though! I have questions about her background, and I hope Maggie plans to write her story one day.
What I was not expecting was for this book to turn into a love triangle. I guessed I assumed from the synopsis that Danielle was going to flirt and work towards a relationship with Luke. However, they started dating within the first couple of chapters. I liked that this wasn’t drawn out, but I felt like we didn’t really get to know him at all. We were introduced to Porter, Danielle’s coworker and Luke’s roommate, and really got to know him well. I really loved the friendship that developed between the two of them and how Porter encouraged Danielle to follow her passions.
Overall, The Big F surprised me in the best way possible and I ended up really enjoying it.
*This ARC was provided to me by the publisher through Xpresso Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.*