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Danielle effed up. Big time.

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 until she failed senior English and her single college acceptance was rescinded.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... un
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Swoon Reads
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Kat
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-2
This quick, light read reminded me a lot of a Kasie West book. Cute and easy. Danielle is supposed to be leaving for college in the fall, but when she fails a class, her admission is revoked. As she enrolls in community college, she meets new friends, gets herself into parent drama and a love triangle, and tries to figure out what it is she really wants to do next. Nice beach read for when you’re in the mood for something light!

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Scrill
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary, ya, romance
ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group Swoon Reads and Netgalley for a fair review

"Being lost, being without the plan I'd armed myself with my entire life, got me out of my comfort zone in ways that challenged me and forced me to grow as a person."

Maggie Ann Martin debut? I dub thee for fans of Kasie West and Morgan Matson.


The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin was a breath of fresh air in the YA contemporary category. Instead of a story about a 16 year old falling for that one guy that sweeps
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Jackie
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This was such a quick and easy read (it's literally SO easy to binge-read) and it was very uplifting and entertaining!

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 (eve
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Nat Walton
The Big F was the easiest, quickest and most satisfying read I've had in awhile. It was pure sugar and sweetness, but it featured some really valuable insight into growing up/early adulthood that admittedly made me tear up a little.

Danielle really resonated with me primarily because she and I are super similar, mostly in the sense that I go to college in my hometown and live with my parents. But there were other similarities in that she got a job at a bookstore like I did, has a younger brother
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Kristy Mauna
I enjoyed this book so much more than I was anticipating I would! Seriously. I'm positive it's now up in my top ten favorite YA contemporaries now!

"It's not supposed to be easy to decide what makes life worth living, especially when you have so many things to live for now."

Dani is a character everyone will be able to relate to on a certain level, whether you're still in your teens and unsure of your future or even if you're an adult that's at a crossroad in your life. She messed up big time -
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Lynda Dickson
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 15+
Shelves: new-adult
When Danielle doesn't get into the college of her dreams, she considers herself a failure. She enrolls in the local community college, hoping to transfer out as soon as she can. But plans change. First, she reunites with Luke, her childhood crush. Then, she gets a job at the bookstore and meets Porter, who happens to be Luke's roommate. Finally, she gets an internship with a conservationist organization and discovers her true passion. Meanwhile, she struggles to connect with her mother and clash ...more
Mandy
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemp
*I received a copy of this book because I'm part of the blog tour for it - did not change my review/opinion at all for this book!*

This year I participated in Book Madness, which was basically March Madness except with book characters. It was a tonnnnnn of fun, and it was put on by Maggie Ann Martin, who was so incredibly kind and awesome. So when I found out her book was coming out later on in the year and also this adorable sounding contemporary, I knew I had to read it. And it turned out quite
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Suze Lavender
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Danielle's mother has a clear plan for her daughter and that includes the college she went to herself. She helps every other student in the area to get into the college of their choice, but her own child failed an important class and therefore her admission is rescinded. Danielle has a big problem, she doesn't only have to come up with a new strategy for her future, she will also disappoint her mother. Danielle is determined to solve her own issues and enrolls in her hometown community college t ...more
Katy Upperman
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three things I loved about THE BIG F:
1. Bridges the YA/NA gap. The Big F has the same light, hopeful feel of a lot of my favorite YAs, but its MC, Danielle, is trudging through her first year of community college. It’s nice to see this stage featured in a book.
2. Dynamic characterizations. From Danielle, to her younger brother, to her best friend, to potential love interests Luke and Porter, Maggie Ann Martin’s characters leap off the page.
3. Excellent voice. I can totally see myself hanging out
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Maggie
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
I hope you all have as much fun reading this book as I had writing it!
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 go
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Michelle
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**
The Big F is author Maggie Ann Martin's debut novel, and I have to say, I loved it! The Big F is a young adult contemporary romance that is sure to put a smile on your face. This book gave me major Kasie West vibes...obviously in a great way! I honestly enjoyed everything about this book. Right from the moment I picked it up, to the very last page, I had a great time reading The Big F. Can we also talk about the awes
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Shaila
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The debut book by Maggie Ann Martin brought me back to the time I was 18 or 19 years old like no other book has. It's story about a girl whose carefully constructed life falls apart because of the choices she's made and has to learn to navigate the uncharted future before her--and she does it with maturity, snarkiness, and a little humor thrown in for good measure. She soon realizes how to stand up on her own, make her own decisions, and accept the consequences of whatever choices she makes.

It's
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Lydia Albano
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what a charming, happy, fun, perfect summer read. I love that the characters are all perfectly flawed, lovable, and contradictory, just like real people. they have conflicts and inside jokes, complicated relationships and feelings. I cried twice, too. thanks Maggie Ann Martin for exactly the kind of book I needed to read this week. team Porter from day one! 💕

coming back to say- a few months later, I actually like this book better than ever because it stuck with me; I just really like how believa
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Abbie Martin
Dec 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Big F will have you laughing and wanting more. Maggie Ann Martin writes with such a voice that is distinctly her own. I recommend this to anyone looking for a 21st century coming of age novel. The Big F reflects the important things in life; love, friendship, and comedic timing.

Lianne Oelke
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book- it's such a perfect combo of fun and gut-feels. Danielle is such an easy character to root for!
T.J. Burns
The Big F is an intriguing story about a recent high school grad trying to find her way in the complicated maze called “her future.” It’s too easy to become caught up in following the straight and narrow road of everyone’s expectations. Then what happens if someone throws a roadblock in the way of that one narrow path? Life happens!

I really enjoyed accompanying Danielle in her attempt to push through the bushes in her off-road excursion to find another route, balancing relationships and challeng
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Beth Summer
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was the most pleasant surprise!! I flew through this and enjoyed every second.

Dani Cavanaugh's future is up in the air after failing high school AP English and having her acceptance revoked from Ohio State University. Romance is the last thing on her mind: all she cares about is attending the local community college to get her grades up, so she can transfer to Ohio State ASAP. Then her childhood crush, Luke, comes back into her life, throwing her for a loop. And she finds herself work
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Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
"Romance isn't on her radar... until she reconnects with her childhood crush..."
WELP. I need it.
Kourtni R.
Content warnings: (view spoiler)
This review was originally posted on my blog.

The Big F is a book that I’ve had my eye on for awhile. It sounded like a great story when I first heard about it and then I started seeing quite a few positive reviews for it which made me even more interested in it. I’m really happy that I was able to participate in the blog tour because I ended up thoroughly enjoying The Big F when I read it.

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Alex
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Recent high school graduates, fans of coming of age stories
Shelves: review, arcs, owned, own-voices
I was sent this book by the author. All opinions are my own.

Danielle has had her college plans all set for her. She would be going to Ohio State. That's what she thinks until the day she gets a letter saying her application has been revoked due to failing her AP English class. Danielle is mortified and so, she keeps this a secret for as long as she can.

Until one big dinner with her parents, and cousin she is enemies with....the truth comes out. This puts Danielle and her mother on rocky terms
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Katherine Paschal
**4.5 Out Of 5 Stars**
Danielle had her life all figured out, but when she failed her English class, she was declined from her dream school, which just so happened to be the only school she applied to. Dreading telling her parents, she waits until her cousin aka enemy forces her hand and she spills the truth. Deciding to take her floundering future into her own hands, Danielle enrolls in the local community college where she learns lessons on how to grow up, what she wants out of life and who she
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Leanne
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-lit
A perfect coming of age YA story, reminiscent of the books I read as a teen, focusing on family, friends, and love. Delightfully charming and witty.
Vicky Who Reads
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: drcs
5 stars

A heartwarming debut about family, friendship, and love, Maggie Ann Martin's The Big F tells the relatable story of a girl whose life just took a huge 360.

With a college-savvy mom and a rejection letter from her dream school, Ohio State, Danielle's plan for life takes a turn as her secret is exposed and she has to attend her local community college.

She meets her old crush & neighbor, Luke, who dazzles her with his charm, while his roommate, Porter, initially does the opposite.

Danielle
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KarenJo Custodio
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Big Fantastic Stars

OHMAHGOSH this book… I breezed through this one in less than 24 hours and absolutely loved every moment. The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin is such a heartwarming story about self-discovery, family, friendship, and love. It’s completely adorable, sweet, and just the perfect summer read that will leave a smile on your face.

The romance in this book so stinkin’ cute and I could not get enough. There’s plenty of sweet moments, spine tingling kisses, and boy drama to last your for da
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Laila
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was able to read The Big F in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

I overall greatly enjoyed reading The Big F. There were many aspects that made this a solid read o me. The first aspect that I liked was how Danielle was going through her first year of college. This allowed The Big F to straddle the line between YA and NA, which was cool to see. It's post-high, but not quite New Adult. At first, the boy next door trope was annoying, but then it really ultimately ended up being a launchp
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Taylor Hayes
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW

I loved this so much. I was not sure what to expect going in. I thought we would be following a downward spiral of Danielle but what I got was so much better. This was such a great coming of age story. I loved watching Danielle grow into the person she wanted to be. Learning to trust herself and not bend to the whims of others.

The male leads where amazing. They both had different things going for them. Luke with his connection to her past. He also trying to figure out who is in this w
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Marie
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A really cute, really fun read. A bit predictable, but I didn't even mind, some characters were just too cute. <3 Also, I was thrilled to read a book set in college, because we rarely ever see that and yes for the confusion and not-knowing-what-the-heck you're supposed to do with your life, yet trying to figure it out.
The biggest thanks to the amazing Jackie for the giveaway that allowed me to read this wonderful book :)
Full review will be coming soon on the blog, Drizzle & Hurricane Bo
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Tiffany Pitcock
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore this book. Danielle is likable and so SO relatable. Porter is definitely one of my top book boyfriends. It was a quick, fun, and funny read.
Grace Barker
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I don't know how Maggie Martin managed to capture every feeling I've ever had as an 18-year-old, but she did. From the inner awkward thoughts we manage to filter, the horribly embarrassing things that still manage to sneak through, the frustrations with parents, to finally the insecurities we have with just life in general.

Maggie manages to capture the beginning of adulthood due to the very relatable main character, Danielle. She has all of these relatable thoughts and a hilarious humor that had
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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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