Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: The F--- It List by Julie Halpern

The F--- It List by Julie Halpern
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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 concept of this story very much from the outset.  As the summary states, Alex decides to forgive her friend for something I would find it very difficult to forgive, and then finds out she has cancer.  It speaks well of Alex that she was willing to forgive her friend for having slept with her boyfriend, but this is a great introduction to the character of Alex.

The idea that she will complete the bucket list for her sick friend was a very touching one, since her friend is too ill to handle the majority of the list.  This is such a giving thing to do, especially as Alex has had tragedy in her own life with the death of her father on the same day that Becca betrayed her. Unlike other reviewers, I actually liked the fact that the book didn't center completely around the list and crossing items off it.  To me, that would have made for a very boring book, and if her relationship with Becca and the reality of her cancer had taken more of a center-stage I think the book would have been a lot more depressing as well.  So the author's choice her to focus on multiple things was, to me, a good one.

Leo and her building relationship with him was a nice distraction here.  I really liked Leo, although I would have liked to have seen more personality from him.  His character fell a little flat for me. However, his presence in the middle of this situation helped to create a catalyst for some positive change within Alex and her character.  And I loved her as a character.  I loved how real and raw she was, and I loved watching her work through her issues, allowing herself to care about someone, and to allow others to care for her.

All in all, I found this to be a very touching book and I think the author did a wonderful job dealing with some serious issues.  A very good book.
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