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

Stacking The Shelves #31

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodreads page!


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These books are the next 5 on my 10 books that I want to read this Summer. I don’t go back to work until 3rd September, so hopefully I have a good chance of reading them. Why We Broke Up is illustrated and oh so beautiful. As is Boundless. I just can’t wait to finish the series. Grow Up is supposed to be very funny so I’m looking forward to reading that one. I also can’t wait to read Attachments. I’ve only read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell so far, but I really enjoyed it!

Bought for my Kindle:

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I have been wanting to read Left Drowning and The Originals for a while. My friend recently read and recommended The Originals, so I decided to get my hands on a copy. God knows when I’ll actually read it. Perfect Chemistry and Not Pretty Enough were recommended on Read and Repeat’s Two Pound Tuesday feature. They sounded like my sort of read so I snapped them up.


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I have to admit to being immediately drawn to the cover of These Broken Stars. It’s so pretty. The F List sounds like it’s going to be a tough read. I loved the synopsis of Gretel and The Dark. It looks like it’ll be an intriguing read.

Random House


Thank you very much to Random House Children’s Publishers for the copy of Hurt. I can’t wait to read it!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Feel free to leave your links to your posts and I’ll come and check what you’re reading!