The F Word (Redefining Me book 1)

The F Word (Redefining Me book 1)

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The F Word (Redefining Me book 1)
Publisher Name
Twin Rivers Press
Age Group
13+
Published Date
June 13, 2019
ISBN Number
978-1093634518
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One party. One accident Six lives changed forever Peyton Callahan refuses to let the F word define her She has always remained body positive, never letting others’ perceptions color her view of herself. But after the accident that claimed her brother’s life, Peyton’s weight spirals out of control and she succumbs to the label her peers forced on her years ago. The fat girl. In the aftermath of tragedy, Peyton’s world falls apart and worst of all, her best friend and almost-boyfriend, Cameron, leaves her behind, too damaged and heartbroken to ever see her the way he once had. Cameron Tucker—the jock and all around track god—believes he lost everything the night a car accident sent him and his friends plunging over Defiance Falls. His friend Cooper: Dead. Cameron’s Olympic dream: Gone. And Peyton: Will never look at him the same way again. So, he does what he once did best, he runs, escaping Twin Rivers and everyone in it, never expecting to return, never imagining he’d have to face the girl he still loved but left behind. Eighteen months later, he is no longer the boy any of them remember. Except Peyton. No matter how hard he tries to hide, she still sees him, still believes in him. What will she say when she discovers just how broken he is?

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Brilliant book about sterotypes

Some books hit you right in the feels (or a bit lower). This is one of them.

In the wake of a horrible car accident that took one life and changed many others, five small town teens most learn to cope with the aftermath.

Peyton is "the fat girl", ridiculed by her classmates despite her every attempt to get in shape. Cameron, the aspiring track star with Olympic dreams and Peyton's BFF, disappears for 18 months following the accident, leaving all of Peyton's emails unanswered. When he returns, nerves are raw ... and for good reason.

The first half of this book will have you reaching for hankies, so keep them close. The sheer level of meanness in this small-town high school was so awful it made me wince. But despite the black cloud that hangs over this group of former friends, a ray of sunshine tries to poke through. Unbeknownst to her peers, Peyton has created a wonderful app of self-empowerment that (anonymously) gets the attention of everyone fed up with the domination of the school's pretty people.

As a former teenage outcast, reading this story made me hopeful for the future. Body shaming is a terrible thing, and putting it a stop to it (hell, ALL forms of bullying) are long overdue. I hope that millions of people will read this book and pay it forward. This book is THAT good. (less)

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The F Word Review

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.

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! 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.

*Original review on Functionally Fictional.*

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- Deals with important subjects well.
- Funny and adorable.
- Very well written.
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The F Word

The story:
Peyton has lost so much over the past eighteen months. Her brother passed away in a horrible accident, his twin left town unable to deal with feeling as though the ‘wrong’ brother died, and her best friend, the boy she’d finally told she loved, disappeared without a trace. The only thing she struggled to lose was the extra weight she’d gained through the ordeal. But when her brother and the boy she’d loved return, neither are who they used to be as they attempt to work out where they fit back in their old lives and piece together the events of the night of the accident.

What I loved:
Peyton was such a believable and loveable character I couldn’t help but continue reading to make sure she got the happiness she deserved. The story does cover her issues with weight and dieting, but it’s so much more than that as it navigates fractured relationships and dealing with grief. It’s just one of those stories that grab you by the heart strings and doesn’t let go till the end.

What was just okay:
So many times I wished Peytons brother would just tell us the truth about what his twin did on the night of the accident, and I can only hope the truth is revealed later in the series.

Final Verdict:
I loved everything about this story and can’t wait to read the next one.

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Well-developed characters
Covers so many important themes.
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F is for All the Feels

I’ve been a big fan of both Craven and MacQueen for many years so when I heard they were collaborating on a book, I immediately requested an ARC.

Although THE F WORD tackles quite a few difficult topics—loss, grief, self-identity, young love, and bullying—I was so impressed that the authors were able to address each topic thoroughly without coming off as preachy. Told in rotating third person POV, I love how we had access to both Peyton and Cameron’s emotions as they struggled to make their way back to each other. The romantic tension between them was perfectly executed, and I found myself rooting for them from page one.

I also really enjoyed the authors’ discussion of body image and weight gain/loss, especially as it related to Peyton and her app development. She’s confident about who she is but her emotions about other people’s perceptions of her are so real and raw that I couldn’t help but relate, as I’m sure a lot of readers can. In the end, though, what I loved most was that this story left me feeling hopeful that we can all learn to be better to each other and ourselves.

Highly recommend to fans of issue-driven YA contemporaries.

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What I loved most was that this story left me feeling hopeful that we can all learn to be better to each other and ourselves.
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The F Word

After a tragedy that changes the community of Twin Rivers forever, Peyton finds herself coping with it the way a lot of people would: she eats and eats, becoming the “fat girl” her classmates have always called her. And to make matters worse; her best friend left her behind without even saying goodbye. Until 18 months after the life changing accident, Cameron and Julian return to town and remind everyone of how much they’ve lost. The grief-stricken community can finally start to heal.

THE F WORD hit me hard in a lot of ways. As someone on the verge of losing their leg, I could totally relate to Cameron, his fears and reasons. I too would’ve hidden away, not facing reality, if I were him. However, that doesn’t mean I agree with him. It’s obvious how much he means to Peyton and how hard she took it that he left without a goodbye. She’d already lost so much. The fact that the story is being told from both Peyton’s and Cameron’s perspectives gives the reader an insight in their head, mind and feelings. We get to understand their reasoning and how hurt they actually are.

The writing style of this book was very clear. It was easy to read and simple to understand, even when English is not my first language. Although the beginning of the book was a bit confusing. There was talk of a lot of different characters that we hadn’t been introduced to yet, which made the opening chapter somewhat hard to follow. Luckily that changed right after that first chapter.

Peyton and Cameron have great chemistry together and it is obvious they care about each other a lot. You could feel the strong bond between them. However, the fact that their best friendship turns into romance does feel a bit cliché. It contributes to the notion that a boy and a girl cannot be best friends without being something more. I’m all for a good romance, but it does feel a bit forced.

I am intrigued to see how this story will continue in the sequel. The ending of THE F WORD feels quite final, which makes me curious to find out what story will be held within those pages.

THE F WORD is an emotional rollercoaster ride. A lot of tears have been shed in the process of reading it. The pain Peyton and Cameron feel, feels real and is portrayed extremely well. I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance.

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