Parents' Guide to

The F- It List

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Girl takes on friend's bucket list; best for older teens.

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Halpern sets up the reader to expect a fun romp, but in reality it's a tale of teens dealing with death, serious illness, and infidelity while trying to find a way to be happy in spite of it all. The pace of the storytelling is good, the teen characters are witty, and their interactions feel authentic. They learn what true strength is in the face of trauma. It's compelling to watch protagonist Alex struggle with her desire to honor her friend's bucket-list wishes versus her desire not to step outside her comfort zone. Her character can be aggravating at times, especially when she's cynical and cruel.

The number of graphic sex scenes is off-putting, in that a good percentage of the book deals with characters having sex, talking about sex, or thinking about sex. Some of the sex scenes do serve to show how the characters deal with their grief, but the author could have accomplished this in a less gratuitous way. The concept of the bucket list stalls out a bit in the middle of the book, which is a shame because it's a good premise that deserves to be explored more.

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