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The Big F Maggie Ann Martin


Danielle effed up. Big time.

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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.


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Paperback: $10.99
ISBN 9781250123213

E-book: $7.12
ISBN 9781250123220

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"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

"'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.' I’m pretty sure that that quote epitomizes The Big F. . . . Fun, cute, and totally relatable." —Book Allure

"Maggie Ann Martin debut? I dub thee for fans of Kasie West and Morgan Matson. . . . A breath of fresh air in the YA contemporary category." —Scrill, Goodreads reviewer

“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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37 comments on "The Big F"

Samantha Hastings on Sept. 24, 2017, 10:14 p.m. said:

Samantha Hastings

Delightful read. Finished it in one sitting.

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Abagail Snow on Aug. 6, 2016, 4:02 p.m. said:

Abagail Snow

I've liked it so far, although any hinting of a triangle always makes me nervous...

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Mei on July 12, 2016, 1:06 a.m. said:


Would like a little more insight on why she failed the class when it seemed out of character. Relationship with nasty cousin was a little too heavy handed. There are some typos/misspellings. Am looking forward to seeing what happens next, she's pretty easy to relate to.

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Kristy Brown on July 6, 2016, 5:36 a.m. said:

Kristy Brown

Enjoyable. Great voice. X

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marryelssi on June 29, 2016, 8:25 a.m. said:


This is really worth reading! This story deserves to be published. Like for real. Kudos to the author. I seriously didn't want it to end. I don't know but I wish there was more to the ending. I don't exactly know what "more" is though. Bur overall it was really a good read.

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Nicola Uy on June 28, 2016, 7:45 a.m. said:

Nicola Uy

I loved it. The book was well-written and had an incredible and totally relatable plotline. Readers everywhere would go crazy for this work of art!

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Lizzie on June 13, 2016, 10:51 a.m. said:


I love it. Love the way Dani is taking charge of her life right now.

Also, all the characters feel so real. And like, even the mom threw a temper tantrum.

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Hannah Chia on June 10, 2016, 8:09 a.m. said:

Hannah Chia

Something about the college scene reveal with Claire didn't read right to me. Phrasing or something. But so far I'm surprisingly into it!

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DP on May 19, 2016, 3:15 p.m. said:


Loved it! Emotional strings in full force!!! Besides a few grammatical errors, it flows pretty well...Worth reading for sure.

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Wendy Venture on May 19, 2016, 11:33 a.m. said:

Wendy Venture

I loved it and was rooting for Danielle from the start. You made the reader feel attached to her. I'd like to know how things pan out for Danielle and Porter, but I guess that's not in the scope of this novel...

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