To Be Honest

To Be Honest

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 ev Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her sister goes off to college. But if she can ju...

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Title:To Be Honest
Author:Maggie Ann Martin
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Genres:Contemporary
ISBN:the struggle is real
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

To Be Honest Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 24, 2018
    To Be Honest, this is one of the top three best YA contemporaries I've ever read. See what I did there? I have never read a book about a plus-size protagonist who didn't want to lose weight, nor has the story line ever involved anything other than the protagonist being fat. It ...
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    Aug 06, 2018
    ARC provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review FULL REVIEW MAY ALSO BE VIEWED ON LAIR OF BOOKS ? Thank you Swoon Reads for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review ? PLOT We meet Savvy as she and her mom are taking her sister Ashley to her dorm in...
  • Julie
    Jul 10, 2018
    This was a lot of fun! Great fat rep, great discussions about diet culture and fatphobia and the expectations of family. I wish it was a little longer because there were a lot of subplots I wanted to see more from, but otherwise it was wonderful. Great friendships, sweet romance, STEM ...
  • TL
    Sep 23, 2018
    Thinking it over, overall I did enjoy the book but I wish some things had been elaborated on more (view spoiler)[Stuff with Savvy's Dad and Mom, the newspaper story couple examples (hide spoiler)] . There were some great moments in this and the banter between the characters was lots of...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    Aug 21, 2018
    CW: fat shaming, disordered eating, panic attacks Hello. This here is a book about a beautiful, intelligent high school senior who must deal with the opposing forces that are the Body Positivity movement and Diet Culture that has possessed her mother's body. Oh, and she does this wh...
  • Robyn
    Aug 22, 2018
    Savannah Alverson is about to start her senior year without her best friend and sister, Ashley. Ashley is starting her first year of college leaving Savannah alone for the first time in seventeen years. Ashley is the voice of reason and always kept their family in check and now Savvy d...
  • Jen Ryland
    Aug 17, 2018
    Positives: the sister relationship, the open discussion about weight, body image, and disordered eating. I wish that the subplots (one about Savvy's journalism investigation and the other about Savvy's mother) had been better developed, but I think YA readers will enjoy this! Rea...
  • Brooke Banks
    Jul 04, 2018
    Content Warning: Eating Disorder w/ Hospital Stay (this is NOT the protagonist but her mom), Emotional & Psychological Child Abuse/Neglect >>Fat girl on the cover!!!!! >>Savannah is great. She's withstood her mother's bullshit and is firmly body positive, but does c...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    Sep 24, 2018
    3 stars. While I gushed about the book as I progressed through it, I ended with mixed feelings. I'll do a full review but here is the short list: - The ending felt rushed - The big event of the story felt even more rushed and wrapped up with a neat bow - Too many serious topics...
  • Kris
    Aug 26, 2018
    4.5 RTC ...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    Oct 12, 2018
    The story was a bit simple for my taste BUT I read this for the fat rep, which I thought was great. The rep is necessary, but it could be triggering because the main character faces a lot of abusive fat-shaming from her mom, who has an eating disorder. Her weight had no role in the res...
  • Aura
    Aug 04, 2018
    I wish I would have had more books about positive body image when I was a teen. The main character Savannah is an overweight girl who is pretty, smart and she likes herself. The problem is her mom. After a divorce, mom loses weight by participating in a reality TV weight loss show. Whe...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    Jun 21, 2018
    This review originally appeared on Novel Ink. *4.5 stars* I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Content warnings: fatphobia (addressed); eating disorders Wow, I enjoyed To Be ...
  • Christy
    Sep 06, 2018
    4 stars!! I?ve been in a huge YA mood lately, and To Be Honest really hit the spot. I listened to the audio book and the narrator was great. She voiced Savannah perfectly. Savannah is a normal teen. She?s a little overweight, but it?s never bothered her. That is, until h...
  • Lia
    Nov 02, 2018
    I might have listened to audiobook until deep into the night which was a bad idea for my sleep but I really enjoyed it. ...
  • Kate Olson
    Jun 28, 2018
    Stay tuned to School Library Journal for my review! ...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    Jan 09, 2018
    I don?t read ?fluffy? contemporary titles very often; if I do, it?s probably either because it?s a random, rare exception, a nostalgic favorite, or diverse in some way that I can?t pass up the opportunity to promote the story and author. To Be Honest falls into that last ca...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    May 13, 2018
    So much about this book hit me SO close to home, but not in the ways that I was expecting! The main plot of this one and the romance are honestly pretty average, but I ended up LOVING it because of the realness of the relationship between Sav and her mom. Their relationship in this mir...
  • Beth Summer
    Apr 10, 2018
    I am a massive fan of Maggie Martin's debut, THE BIG F, so I knew going into this I was in for a treat. Her light and funny voice is the perfect contrast to the deeper subject. Savannah is an amazing protag. She's hysterical, brilliant, and STRONG. She can get through absolutely anythi...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Aug 02, 2018
    I will alway support a book that promotes body positivity, and this one also happened to feature a main character I totally fell in love with. ? Pro: Savannah was too fabulous, and charmed the pants off me. She was smart and full of life. She was driven, confident, and lots of fun...
  • Norah Una Sumner
    Nov 10, 2017
    I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK ...
  • Jane
    Aug 17, 2018
    4.5 stars. This book ended up hitting so close to home for me, and I really loved this. Will probably do a dedicated video review very soon. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. ...
  • ambsreads
    Aug 21, 2018
    this was powerful. i may write a full review but i honestly don?t think i could do this justice tbh ...
  • andrea caro
    Jul 30, 2018
    Firstly, let me thank Goodreads and Fierce Reads for sending me this ARC! This cover is gorgeous. "News flash: fat isn?t a bad word, Mom." Savannah is fed up. You know those diet shows where people spend several weeks locked away from their families getting yelled at by trainer...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    Aug 02, 2018
    I managed to read this book in just one day, which says a lot. I loved it. ...
  • Justine
    Mar 06, 2018
    MY MIND AUTOMATICALLY GOES AFTER SEEING THIS! UPDATE! I received a DRC of the book through NetGalley, Swoon Reads and Xpresso Tours. Thank YOU! Spoiler-free thoughts: (1) There was a strong display of family dynamics: among Savvy?s mom, dad, and sister. Her mom had go...
  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud
    Jul 19, 2018
    Full Review at Tale Out Loud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram ?News flash: fat isn't a bad word, Mom.? When Savannah?s sister went off to college, she experienced a life-changing moment of her own. Having only Fiyero the monster poodle and her mom around, Savannah had to deal ...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    Jul 26, 2018
    3 stars I honestly have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I loved Martin's debut--it was such a light, fun, and comical contemporary! It was sweet, funny, and a total blast to read. And in a lot of ways, To Be Honest shares a lot of similarities with The Big F. But in a...
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    Jul 16, 2018
    Actual Rating 4.5 I would like to thank Xpresso Book Tours, NetGalley and Maggie Ann Martin for the digital arc in exchange for an honest Review! I didn?t expect that I thought this book will revolve around body shaming, It was but equally with other elements. What wasn?t t...
  • Ad Rocks Socks
    Sep 20, 2018
    YES, YES, YES! Finally a YA book which promises a curvy girl AND has a gorgeous curvy girl on the cover! Can?t wait to read this one! *so excited* ...