The F- It List

Author: Julie Halpern 
Pages: 256 
Publisher: Fiewel & Friends 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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 Summary: Alex has been having a tough summer. First her dad was killed in a car crash, and then her best friend slept with her boyfriend on the night of the funeral. Alex dumps the guy and knows she and Becca will get past it, but she needs some time. So she tells Becca she needs some space and spends the rest of the summer trying to put her life back together after her dad's death.

Then, on the first day back at school, Alex hears some horrible news: Becca has cancer and won't be coming back. Devastated, Alex hurries over to see her friend, where she gets a strange request: fulfill all the items on Becca's bucket list for her before it's too late. 

My Thoughts: I started and finished this book in one sitting. It was hilarious and heart-warming and witty and honest. A lot of books tend to romanticize serious illnesses, but this one showed cancer for what it was: something that really, really sucks. 

There were so many hilarious moments, and I loved that this wasn't your typical YA novel where sex is barely mentioned and extremely taboo - the girls talk about sex realistically and embrace it. I hope more authors will follow Julie Halpern's example in the future.

Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to fans of contemporary YA and anyone looking for a refreshing and unique read.

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