September 08, 2018

#BookReview: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin #ToBeHonest #NetGalley

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary (Romance) 
About the Book:

Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. 

But if she can just get through senior year, she'll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn't count on is that her mother's obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy's mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.

Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. 

And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. 

As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.

About the Author: 
Maggie Ann Martin, author of The Big F and To Be Honest, hails from Des Moines, Iowa but moonlights as a New Yorker. She earned her 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.


Noteworthy experiences while reading this book:  I have to say that I have mixed feelings about this one.  On one hand I really liked it but on another I kind of thought it was kind of on the boring side.  I guess this one is a take it or leave it book that will have you thinking about it long after you have read it. 

Do I Recommend this book? Yes, I would recommend this one!  If you are looking for something to end out the summer with I would say this would be a good book to check out.  

Notes and Opinions:  This one started really well but after getting into the actual story I thought it was kind of boring. But it covered so much stuff I felt that we didn't get enough of a story about any one issue she was dealing with. I really liked the main character but as I said before I just think that with this book being so short that the author should have chosen one or two things for the character to work on and ran with those vs. the amount that we got.  Becuase it was just an overload and we don't really get to examine anything in any real depth. 

The good things about this little book are the positive body images which this world so needs today.  So many kids and adults are being body shamed and all they have to look to as a role model are tv shows like Insatiable that give a very unrealistic view point to losing weight. 

For this one I really enjoyed what the author was trying to do but the doing just fell flat. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Good Characters, Jumbled Story 

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