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Danielle's plans for the future were easy to figure out... until she fails senior English and her single college application is denied. Suddenly she's in hot water with few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a "college psychic"?
Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her local 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... until she reconnects with her childhood crush, Luke. With family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can't help but feel overwhelmed. Luckily she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.
Failure's not an option this time.
“What?” Mom asked. No one moved and the silence that hung in the air stung my ears.
“I didn't pass English and Ohio State didn't accept me again,” I said.
Nothing can describe the feeling of your mother's disappointment and your cousin's vehement hatred rolling over you all at once. The tears already fell down my face and I knew that if I didn't leave soon my sadness and embarrassment would explode all over the dining room with no survivors in its wake. I took another look around the table before I ran upstairs.
I couldn't face the Ohio-State-infested room, so I climbed out my window and onto my roof. I curled my arms around my legs, allowing myself to cry. Everything had finally fallen apart. Mom knew, Claire knew, and now I finally had to admit it to myself. I couldn't pretend that it would work out or put off the discussion for another day. My failure was here, in my face, and ready to punch me in the gut repeatedly. I pulled out my phone from my pocket and dialed the one number that can solve any crisis.
“Zoe? Come pick me up? It's an emergency.”
She was on her way before I finished my sentence.
"A debut novel sure to resonate with high schoolers who eagerly anticipate graduation and the start of college. . . . Danielle is a savvy, likable character with whom teens will easily identify. . . . Romance fans will enjoy this fast-paced story that features an interesting set of characters and satisfying conclusion." —School Library Journal
"Danielle is a likeable character who tries to do the right thing. Readers will have confidence in her even when she sometimes lacks self-assurance. . . . An easy, enjoyable read." —VOYA
“What a fun read! . . . I was rooting for Danielle from the first page.” —Anna S., Swoon Reader
“The Big F is such a fun and awesome read . . . It’s great to see Danielle learning more on what makes her happy, overcoming her mistakes, and growing up into a better person.” —Chen Yan Chang, Swoon Reader
“I really loved this story and it’s something I would read over and over again.” —GM, Swoon Reader
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