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ISBN13: 9781250025654
ISBN10: 1250025656
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Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alexs dads funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family. 

 

Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then shes hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesnt know shell be able to finish now. Thats 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.

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"Alex Buckley is reeling from the death of her father and the nearly unforgiveable thing her best friend Becca did the night of his funeral. Then Becca is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which forces a reconciliation between the two high school seniors and gets Alex entangled with helping Becca live out her expletive-based version of a 'bucket list.' Halpern (Get Well Soon) takes a familiar YA formula and makes it fresh through Alex's honest reflections about life, death, and especially sex as she navigates the objectives on Becca's list, many of which revolve around sexual experiences (both solo and with a partner). Alex's sarcastic narration and bawdy conversations with Becca and sweet, outsidery Leo (who helps Alex check off a few entries himself) are funny, smart, real, and even endearing once readers get the hang of Alex's way of looking at life (of Becca's sexy homeschooled neighbor: 'He totally wants to bone the cancer right out of you'). A memorable novel about a rock-solid friendship surviving trying circumstances that never loses its sense of humor. Ages 13 — up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Julie Halpern is the author of the acclaimed teen novels Get Well Soon, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, Dont Stop Now, and Have a Nice Day. She lives with her husband, the illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their family outside of Chicago.

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Disquietus, April 27, 2014 (view all comments by Disquietus)
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book took me completely by surprise. Raw, witty and emotional in a way that I just wasn’t expecting. There are so many “cancer books” floating around the YA book world these days and it’s difficult to find one that brings something fresh to the table and I was pleasantly surprised to find that The F-It List did just that.

What really worked for me was that the story wasn’t some heartbreaking, emotional roller-coaster about the tragic effect cancer has on Becca and everyone in her life. Instead it’s a story that focuses on Alex’s journey and her learning how to come out of her head, deal with her own survivor’s guilt and be a better friend/sister/daughter/etc. Becca having cancer and asking for Alex’s help with her F-It List is what propels Alex on her journey of self-growth but does not overshadow it, which turned The F-It List into a story whose overall message was hopeful and uplifting rather than cry me a bucket full of tragedy tears, which was a nice change. It was nice to read a story that focused on all sides of the effect cancer has.

Halpern’s writing was very well-balanced. It managed to be funny and emotional without being overpoweringly sad, and the plot moved at the perfect pace. However, the characters are the shining glory of this book. They were well-developed, smart, witty, and unflinchingly real and all just so likable. It’s rare for me to come across a book where I love and appreciate every character, from the major to the minor, but Halpern accomplished that in this book.

Alex was so easy for me to relate to, despite her obsession with gross horror movies. She’s full of spark and attitude, but underneath that tough demeanor is a girl who is lost and suffering from some serious survivor’s guilt-both from her father’s death and because of Becca’s cancer. A lot of the book focuses on her feeling guilty over being healthy while Becca isn’t, and her coming to terms with this and discovering that it’s okay to be happy, to have nice things. Becca is almost the exact opposite of Alex. Bright and bubbly and full of life, despite her illness. I loved the way her and Alex balanced each other, and the fact that the two shared a real friendship. The tragedy of YA books for me is that they rarely portray real, honest, BFF relationships between two girls but The F-It List did not disappoint me.

Alex and Becca genuinely care about each other, and it shows. I loved that they were both nerds (I fangirled over every BSG reference) and perverted and so obviously were willing to do anything for each other, despite the estrangement they suffered from early in the book. The scene where Alex shaved Becca’s head especially had me all chocked up on the feels. I loved that this book also showed two girls being intrigued by and enjoying sex in such a healthy, honest way. I know this may come as a surprise to some people but most teenage (and adult) women are perverts. We like sex and we like to talk and joke about sex and I loved that this book showed that in a healthy, honest way.

Leo. Oh sweet, awkward, adorable Leo. I ADORED the relationship between Alex and Leo. Some may say that it developed a little too quickly but I actually thought it was pretty realistic. I knew plenty of people, especially in high school, who would go from just starting to talk to a guy/girl to fooling around with them the same day. Again, I thought Halpern handled the sex issue very realistically and healthily here. And while I may have absolutely DESPISED the way Alex treated him at times, I could definitely see it from her point of view and why she was afraid to let him too deep into her life.

The F-It List was a fun, engaging and uplifting story filled with refreshingly realistic characters and a unique take on the “cancer” theme that I will happily recommend to everyone I know.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781250025654
Author:
Halpern, Julie
Publisher:
Square Fish
Author:
lpern
Author:
Julie Ha
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Social Issues - Emotions & Feelings
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date:
20150331
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 8
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 13 up to 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Alex Buckley is reeling from the death of her father and the nearly unforgiveable thing her best friend Becca did the night of his funeral. Then Becca is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which forces a reconciliation between the two high school seniors and gets Alex entangled with helping Becca live out her expletive-based version of a 'bucket list.' Halpern (Get Well Soon) takes a familiar YA formula and makes it fresh through Alex's honest reflections about life, death, and especially sex as she navigates the objectives on Becca's list, many of which revolve around sexual experiences (both solo and with a partner). Alex's sarcastic narration and bawdy conversations with Becca and sweet, outsidery Leo (who helps Alex check off a few entries himself) are funny, smart, real, and even endearing once readers get the hang of Alex's way of looking at life (of Becca's sexy homeschooled neighbor: 'He totally wants to bone the cancer right out of you'). A memorable novel about a rock-solid friendship surviving trying circumstances that never loses its sense of humor. Ages 13 — up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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