Title: The Big F
Author: Maggie Ann Martin
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Release Date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Danielle effed up. Big time.
Danielle’s plans for the future were pretty easy to figure out… until she failed senior English and her single college application was denied. Suddenly she’s in hot water with very few options, because honestly who applies to a safety school when their mom is a semi-famous “college psychic”?!
Determined to get her life back on track, Danielle enrolls in her hometown community college with a plan: pass her English class and get back into Ohio State and her mother’s good graces. Romance isn’t on her radar… until she reconnects with her childhood crush and golden-boy-next-door, Luke.
Between family drama, first love and finding her own way, Danielle can’t help but feel a little overwhelmed. Thankfully she has her friendship with the snarky and frustratingly attractive Porter, her coworker at the campus bookstore, to push her to experience new things and help keep her afloat.
One thing’s for sure: This time, failure’s not an option.
Probably the Anna and the French Kiss books by Stephanie Perkins. I was a strictly Fantasy and Paranormal girl up until I read those books, and then I started diving into the world of contemporary after I gobbled up those books.
When writing a book, what is your favorite part of the creative process(outline, plot, character names, editing, etc)?
With The Big F, editing definitely became my favorite part. I loved reworking and reimagining scenes with the characters I’d come to know over so many years.
When reading a book, what genre do you find most interesting/intriguing?
Tough question! I find different genres intriguing for different reasons. I love a contemporary where I can step into a character’s shoes, imagine myself there, and learn from the way they observe our world. For fantasy, I find being immersed in a new world to be completely intriguing and exciting.
If you could co-author with any author, past or present, who would you choose?
BECKY ALBERTALLI. She is my writer crush.
Have you always wanted to write or did it come to you "later in life"?
I’ve always been a writer! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always kept notebooks upon notebooks filled with stories I was working on. My best Christmas ever was when I got my first laptop. We didn’t even have WIFI at home yet, but I didn’t need it. I just wanted to be able to write my stories whenever I wanted without having to fight for the family computer.
Maggie Ann Martin hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She has a shiny new BA in English and Journalism from the University of Iowa, the most welcoming literary community in the world. When she is not writing, you can find her binge watching TV shows or passionately fangirling over fictional characters on the Internet. The Big F is her debut novel.