Review: The F- It List by Julie Harpern

The F- It List Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: November 12, 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
Length: 256 pages
Source: Feiwel & Friends (ARC)

Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alex’s dad’s funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family.

Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then she’s hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesn’t know she’ll be able to finish now. That’s 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.”

review

This book was fantastically written, and THE FEELS MAN! THE FEELS! The F- It List is told from Alex’s point of view (1st person) and is about her helping her best friend Becca do some stuff from her bucket (F- it) list. There’s seriously more to that one sentence summary that I gave you (lol) but I won’t spill anything more because that would be a spoiler which is no bueno. This book is such a page turner and very fast-paced. The writing style was just well executed, and flowed smoothly. I felt like I was watching a movie while reading it.

Becca and Alex were just crazy girls, I tell you. Even though Becca, unfortunately, has cancer, she’s very witty and her personality is as bright as a rainbow (I’m so cheesy). Same goes to Alex. She’s so hilarious and I lost count on how many times I laughed because of these two wonderful characters. They were very relatable, and oh my gosh, the stuff that was on Becca’s F-it list were freaking HILARIOUS! I’ll give you one. Just one. She wanted to send her underwear to Zac Efron! She started writing stuff on the bucket list when she was 11 or 12 that’s why some sounds ridiculously funny.

Although the book was 70% hilarious, it was very depressing too. I know that deep down Becca and Alex are suffering. I think they were trying to laugh off their problems. That is SO me, and that’s why I found them relatable. Sometimes I just laugh off my problems, and create a joke out of it instead. Don’t try to let your problems bring you down with them, you should fight it! and that’s what I saw in Becca and Alex’s personalities which is awesome!

Like I said, there’s more to the story! This book has it all in my opinion. It has great romance, friendship, obstacles, family problems, etc. The only thing that got me kind of “eek” was too much sex. Maybe the sex should have been lessened and a bit more focus on Becca’s story. Overall I highly recommend this book to anyone. If you don’t like contemporaries, well, you should still read it!

4.5 of 5

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11 Responses to “Review: The F- It List by Julie Harpern”


  1. 1 Kayla Sanchez October 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I really wanted to read this one, but was declined on NetGalley. I’m definitely going to get a copy for myself when it comes out!

  2. 3 Francoise October 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    This sounds like a funny book. I love the title and the cover. The story-line seems promising as well!

  3. 5 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence October 30, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Sounds like an entertaining read even though there were some sad topics. Great review Leigh!

  4. 6 kezia1098 November 1, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Oh saw your twitter feed about this haha! But I am so adding this one to my TBR right now. Hilarious yet depressing books are my thing xD

  5. 8 Arial at In Italics November 3, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Love your review! Practically took the words right out of my mouth! I think I found Alex and Becca relatable because of their need to hide their sad emotions with humor.

    I will be buying a copy of the F-It List once it comes out! I know I will re-read it.

  6. 10 Alise (Readers in Wonderland) November 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    I really love novels about bucket lists because they tend to be so emotional and really have a deep message. I also love that this book has humor in it, and the combination of the two sound great. I’ll be looking out for this one!

  7. 11 becca November 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I love how this book is so much more than just a typical “cancer” book. By the sound of your review, it seems really well-rounded with great characters and plenty of smiles. Definitely going to check this one out! Great review, Leigh!


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