Monday, February 3, 2014

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

The F- It List
Release Date: November 12th, 2013
Publisher: Macmillian
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 256 Pages
Series: None
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Reason: Personal interest
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon

With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer. 
Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family. 
But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again—Becca has cancer. 
So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend—you do it.

Do you ever think you could just sum up everything you want to say about a book in one word? Yes, of course you want to explain why you are using said word, but sometimes you can just think of one thing to say. The F-It List gave me this feeling...

 I freaking LOVED this book. I loved every minute of it. I absorbed and devoured every page. Okay, okay, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'll break it down a little bit better for you!

Julie Halpern sure knows how to pen a heart-wrenching yet hysterical novel. Even in the very core of a Cancer diagnoses the puns and one liners keep coming that you can't help but laugh through your tears. I absolutely adored  Becca. And even though it was very early on in the book, the bedroom scene with the neighbour still gets me giggling.  That scene will forever stay in my mind when I think about this book!

I also loved that this book touched heavier on subject matter that a lot of YA brush past(like sex and masturbation *gasp*)

Alex was a great character as well! There were moments I found her a little too angsty(is that a word?) at times but that was easily overcome by her witty personality and sense of humour.

If you're not a fan of heavy storylines don't let this book slip by you. Yes, it has a heavy subject matter, but the book has a lovely delivery to it. Like I mentioned before, a great lightness to it. 

I loved everything about this novel; From the writing style to the beautifully crafted characters!

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