Author: Julie Halpern
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: November 12, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic, Young Adult
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With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer.
Alex’s father recently died in a car accident. And on the night of his funeral, her best friend Becca slept with Alex’s boyfriend. So things aren’t great. Alex steps away from her friendship with Becca and focuses on her family.
But when Alex finally decides to forgive Becca, she finds out something that will change her world again—Becca has cancer.
So what do you do when your best friend has cancer? You help her shave her head. And then you take her bucket list and try to fulfill it on her behalf. Because if that’s all you can do to help your ailing friend—you do it.
I loved The F-It List by Julie Halpern so much and I was stuck to the book like glue until I finished it. Alex was a fantastic character. She was so likeable and her humor was awesome. I did feel bad for her though because it would seem that she was served one big shit sandwich, however, it was a lot of Alex needing to know that not everything was bad like it seemed to her.
When we start the story her dad had died and her best friend slept with her boyfriend. Not very cool, right? So, mad at her best friend she stops talking to her until the first day of school, except Becca isn’t there. She finds out from someone sense that Becca has cancer. Naturally, she thinks life is a pretty horrible place but she’s there for Becca.
I lived that Alex was there through the whole thing with Becca like a best friend would be. Their relationship reminded me of my own with my best friend in high school. It was a real relationship. So, Alex is helping Becca do some of the things in her fuck it list. Some of them are silly like eat a hot pepper or masturbate. Others were stuff like kiss someone who smokes, have sex with someone she loves and who loves her. Which is where Leo comes into play. Alex and Leo start seeing each other but Alex wants to keep it casual because she’s afraid of bad stuff happening.
I like Leo well enough, I mean you don’t really get to know him too well in the story but he was a good guy that was super sweet with Alex and even Becca when she came to school.
This book was a dose of reality in that people get really sick, kids get cancer, people die, and sometimes life just generally sucks but you have to keep living and you have to try new things and try not to be afraid.
I liked the list aspect and the sarcastic humor that Alex has. She’s real and I love characters who are real. If you’re looking for a light read this might not be it but if you’re looking for a serious topic but with a ton of laugh out loud moments then this is definitely one to pick up.