ARC Review: The F- It List by Julie Halpern

Posted August 27, 2013 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

ARC Review: The F- It List by Julie Halpern

The F- It List

by Julie Halpern
Pages: 256
Published on November 12th 2013
by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Netgalley

Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. 

Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then she’s hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.

Julie Halpern writes about illness, loss, love, and friendship with candor and compassion. Here is an unforgettable book about living fully, living authentically, and just . . . living.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

The F- It List is a heart warming, funny and sometimes disturbing story about love, friendship, loss, death and cancer. I expected it to be sad and I expected to cry a lot, mostly because of the topic. But I didn’t. Honestly, I laughed. A lot.

The day of her father’s funeral, Alex’ best friend Becca sleeps with her boyfriend. It seems like an unforgivable something to do and for most of the summer that follows, Alex ignores Becca. She doesn’t want to talk to her and doesn’t want to see her. But when she’s going back to school after the summer is over, ready to talk to Becca and forgive her, she hears from a girl at school that Becca has cancer. So she goes to visit her and Becca gives reveals her bucket list. They call it the F- It List and Alex is going to try to do as many things as she can for her best friend. And then Leo comes along and it promises to be one heck of a school year.

Like I said, I expected this story to be so sad and I thought I’d be a sobbing mess, but it wasn’t and I wasn’t. It was quite funny actually. And heart warming. I loved this book. Although nothing big actually happens. It doesn’t have a lot of action or plot twists. It’s just a story. And it reminded me of The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. The writing was really really good. It just flowed and I actually lived the story with the characters. I was sad with them, I was happy with them, I fell in love with them. 
I loved the romances in this book. None of that insta-love stuff, no love-triangles. Just love. Two girls who met two guys and fell in love with them. The one is a sweet and sometimes fluffy romance between Becca and Caleb. Although we don’t see much of him, I liked him and how he was with Becca while she’s sick. The other one is between Alex and Leo and it’s not your typical romance. But it was sweet none the less. Loved both of them!

So obviously I’m going to talk about the characters. I loved Becca. She’s such a tough person. She deals with the whole sickness so well. She never gives up and I love her so much. Plus she’s a perv, which is awesome. Then we have Caleb. He lives next door to Becca and I loved their romance, like I said. Although we don’t see much of him, he was really sweet to Becca. Next in line is Alex. Becca’s best friend. She’s such a cool, slightly disturbing and weird character. She loves all things horror and yeah, she’s weird. So awesome. And she’s a great friend to Becca. Doing all that stuff on that list. I loved their conversations. Hilarious! Aaaand, last but certainly not least, Leo! He is like the male version of Alex and that’s why they’re so perfect together. Alex has had a crush on him for a while and I loved seeing their relationship grow and I loved how they were together. Plus Leo is so yummm.

Great story + great writing + great, relatable, awesome characters = The F- It List. Highly recommended! Especially if you loved books like The Fault In Our Stars.

autograph bieke


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