The F-It List


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group!


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.

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.


I have been meaning to get around to this book for a while. I wasn’t exactly looking forward to it as such, because it’s a story about a girl with cancer. I found though, The F-It list, although it has an emotional impact is a story full of hope. It’s also not told from the person suffering with cancer, but her best friend Alex, who has also been through some tragic times.

Alex is attempting to carry out Becca’s bucket list. She is doing it for Becca, but also finds things out about herself throughout. I thought Alex was a good character albeit a tad selfish at times. I do think this is due to the issues she’s dealing with. She is aware that she’s being selfish, and tries to remind herself that her issues are quite small compared to Becca, who is fighting for her life. I did like how much Alex was there for her friend. I like how Alex still found happiness, despite all the hurt in her life. She feels like she doesn’t deserve the happiness because of what Becca is going through. Alex is deeply unhappy and puts up barriers using humour and sarcasm to try to stop herself from getting hurt anymore. With the help of her best friend and a little romance, the barrier slowly starts to come down. I loved Alex and Becca’s friendship. It was incredibly believable.

I thought Leo, Alex’s romantic interest, was an interesting character. I love how there wasn’t a constant reminder of how good looking he was. I hate that. He wasn’t overly clingy or pushy. He wanted to help Alex, despite having his own issues to deal with too.

This book does tackle many issues, but it tackles them in a lighter way. It’s not incredibly dramatic. It just felt really real. Like these characters were people I knew. Becca didn’t let herself fall apart, despite fighting cancer. I loved the humour with her character. It lightened the read. I actually found Becca to be a much stronger person than Alex.

I loved reading this book. It may not deal with the easiest of issues, but it deals with them in a lighter way. In a hopeful way. I’d definitely be reading more from Julie Halpern!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Last Runaway- Tracy Chevalier

12 thoughts on “The F-It List

  1. I want to read this book, now. I love books with bucket lists, even though they’re usually sad, they’re usually also very adventurous. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. I saw this in the bookstore a few days ago and I almost bought it just because of the title (shamelessly shallow reader here) but now I’ll definitely have to go pick it up. It looks like it has a good balance of sweet and sad, which is good for me because I am just not emotionally equipped to deal with 300+ pages of heartbreak. I need a bit of happy sprinkled in there.

  3. lol, when I saw this post in my email box I thought it was a list of terrible books, this book does sound good though, kind of reminds me of The Fault In Our Stars. (which i finished and now i feel shattered, seriously I’m still mesmorized)

    • Ha! I don’t know if I’d have the guts to publish a list of awful books. I have trouble writing reviews of books I didn’t finish. This is a good book though. It’s uplifting, despite it being quite sad.

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