Tuesday, July 23, 2013

THE F- LIST by Julie Halpern

I anticipate some will be offended by the title, but please don't let that stop you from picking up a copy of Julie Halpern's latest due out on Nov. 11, 2013. 

In this teenage take on the "bucket list," Halpern tackles such difficult topics as loss of a parent, illness of a friend, and young love.  She does it in a no-nonsense, sometimes gut-wrenching directness.

Alex is just getting used to the fact that her father is gone.  Killed in a taxi accident, he left behind teenage Alex, her twin brothers, and their mother.  It hasn't been a year yet since his death when Alex is jolted by another potential tragedy.  Becca, Alex's best friend since elementary school, announces that she has cancer.  Can Alex's quirky toughness get her through this latest challenge?

Alex is surprised when her friend reveals a bucket list she created and even more shocked when Becca asks Alex to help her complete each item on the list in case she doesn't survive.  The girls rename the list the F- It List and the adventure begins.  What Alex doesn't count on is dealing with feelings of guilt when she finds herself in a relationship with Leo Dietz who she has long worshipped from afar.

Although, the title, the language, and some of the sexual references might not be for the faint of heart, THE F- IT LIST takes readers on a heartfelt journey of what it means to be a true friend.

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