Cait’s ARC Review of “The F Word” by Michelle MacQueen and Ann Maree Craven

By: Cait Marie

*I received a free ARC of this book from the authors for my honest review.*

One tragic accident causes a group of friends to drift apart and deal with grief and guilt as they move on with their lives.

Peyton didn’t just lose her brother in the accident. Her best friend, and the love-of-her-life, Cameron, disappears, too. He’s away at a training facility, but he won’t return any of her emails. She’s alone in her grief and struggling with her weight because of it. In light of this, she creates an app, No BS, as a way for students to talk about their struggles with body image. It is her hope that it will help others like her, who are bullied and teased, as well as win a STEM scholarship.

Cameron was an all-star runner with big dreams. When the accident not only kills his friend but takes part of his leg, he must learn who he is without the hopes of one day going to the Olympics. Cameron returns, stirring up the memories of that horrible night in the town. But people don’t know that he was really at a rehab center–that he lost his leg trying to save Cooper. He wants things to return to normal, especially with Peyton, but she isn’t ready to forgive so quickly.

Author interview can be found on YABC here!

I’m not going to lie, I was a bit skeptical when I started this book. As someone in a wheelchair, who struggles tremendously with weight and body image, I was very nervous. This book is everything, though. It’s incredible.

The struggles both of the main characters face are so real, and the authors handled them perfectly. There were so many moments when I was reading that made me tear up because of how well it was done.

“Your body is not who you are.”

The F Word

I wish I’d had this book about 10 years ago. I’ve been physically disabled my whole life. I was never able to crawl, let alone walk. This has always been my life, and one I’ve accepted, but there are still bad days. The body image issues are much more prominent in my life. It’s something I’m still working on. So, to have this book fall into my lap that deals with both… it just about melted my heart.

The book is very well written. There’s a good pace to it and nothing feels forced. I absolutely love the characters. Not even just Peyton and Cameron–I love Nari and Julian and the others!

There’s a scene where someone says something about Cameron not even being able to walk, and Nari’s response is probably my favorite part in the whole book.

Perfection. I’ve actually experienced these situations, and I’ve been lucky enough to have friends who are able to comeback with witty responses like this quickly.

Anyway, I cannot wait to read the other books about these other characters. I already have the next book, The N Word, and it’s taking every bit of will power I have to not jump into it yet (darn school and responsibilities!).

I highly recommend this book. It deals with a lot of important subjects, but it’s also a cute contemporary. It’s funny in parts, adorable in others, and it made me very happy overall.

The F Word is available June 13, 2019!
Pre-order here!

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