With her signature heart and humor, Julie Halpern explores a strained friendship strengthened by one girl’s battle with cancer.
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.
The F It List is a laugh out loud, honest, witty and down to earth read. Even though the story revolves around cancer – every girl can relate to this story. Who hasn’t had a fight with their best friend?
Alex and Becca have been best friends for practically forever so they have had tons of fights and make ups during their friendship. So when Becca basically does the WORST thing you can do to your best friend AND she did it on the day Alex had to bury her father; Alex is upset, but she figures she will forgive her at the start of the new school year. Alex has her reasons and she knows Becca was hurting that day too. Alex just needs some time to deal with her dad’s death and not with Becca drama. On the first day of school when Alex shows up to tell Becca “all is forgiven” Becca isn’t there. She finds out from another student that Becca was recently diagnosed with cancer. After school Alex heads over to Becca’s house to find out if the rumor is true and to get her friend back.
It’s true, Becca does have cancer and she wants Alex to help her with some things – First she wants Alex to shave her head – secondly, Becca has been working on a “bucket list” since she was younger – since she will be too sick to do some of the things, she wants Alex to “live them for her”. Alex agrees but refuses to call it a bucket list (because of the meaning) – so, she calls it an F -It list instead. The list ranges from childish things like – write Rupert Grint a love letter to more mature issues. Alex & Becca start working on the list right away.
The banter between Alex and Becca had me laughing out loud, the storyline is about tragedies, mending a friendship and cancer but is very humorous. Most of the story really revolves around Alex coming out of a darker place in her life and learning to live and be happy again…because she is doing this stuff for Becca. It is stuff she wouldn’t have done before, if Becca had not asked her to work on the list. Alex was probably my favorite character – she is dark, moody, confused about life and love. I really enjoyed watching her character grow throughout the story.
Some of the subject matter is for older teens. I would not have an issue letting my 14 yr old read the story (and then discussing it with her) but some parents may have issues with some things listed on the F it list.