October 2, 2013

The F-It List by Julie Halpern

Release Date: November 12th 2013 
I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

Description: 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.

My Review: First of all, that cover is gorgeous! It's what initially drew me to this book, and I was not disappointed.

The F-It List was a quick and enjoyable read, which seems strange to say given the seemingly depressing subject matter. Alex's sarcastic, sometimes crude sense of humor and her witty banter with Becca helped to lighten the mood a bit. I loved their strong friendship and how they were able to forgive one another for mistakes made. 

Alex had a lot on her plate between dealing with grief over her father's death, helping Becca complete her bucket list, and recognizing her growing feelings for Leo (as Leo also dealt with his own family tragedy). 

Fair warning -- there was some cursing (the title should tip you off to that) and some descriptions of sexual encounters. But don't let that deter you from reading--it would be a shame to miss out on this engaging story of grief, friendship, and love. 


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