To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

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 even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.Between her mom's diet-...

Details To Be Honest

TitleTo Be Honest
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews To Be Honest

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    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 category, and as soon as I heard about this book, I knew I absolutely had to get my hands on it. “News flash: fat isn’t a bad word, Mom. It’s the twenty-first ...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    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 mirrored my relationship with my own mother to a T and it was honestly a little jarring. Such an odd reading experience for me, but I definitely recommend checking thi...
  • Christy
    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 her mother went on a reality show for weight loss and everything changed in her house. Now, she’s being pressured constantly to eat a certain way. What I loved most about ...
  • Trina (Between Chapters)
    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 rest of the story or in any of the other relationships. Though there is a romance, there wasn't the 'getting a boyfriend made me finally like my body' trope.In additio...
  • Elizabeth
    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 was so freaking refreshing to read about Savannah, who is totally happy with her body the way it is. And what's even better is that this book isn't about Savannah being fat. ...
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    Actual Rating 4.5I 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 there? Close bonding of sisters? Body-shaming? Best friends? Anxiety? Romance? Complex relationship with parents? Everything was there.I like the cover, It was vibrant.The fri...
  • andrea caro
    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 trainers and mocked because they like doughnuts? Yeah, her mom was on that show and is exacting everything she’s learned on Savannah. This, coupled with Savvy’s big sister Ash...
  • ambsreads
    this was powerful. i may write a full review but i honestly don’t think i could do this justice tbh
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    ARC provided by the Publisher in exchange for an honest reviewFULL REVIEW MAY ALSO BE VIEWED ON LAIR OF BOOKS🖤 Thank you Swoon Reads for the ARC copy in exchange for an honest review 🖤PLOTWe meet Savvy as she and her mom are taking her sister Ashley to her dorm in college & there are a lot of feelings from the start. Savvy does struggle with anxiety & having such a tight bond with her older sister made separating all the harder. Besides not...
  • TL
    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 fun and I loved Savvy/Grace but sometimes it felt too... light. When the book ended I had to blink a few times because I wasn't expecting it. I turned the page befo...
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    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 disordersWow, I enjoyed To Be Honest so much more than expected. This book had #ownvoices fat representation, excellent family dynamics, and a swoonworthy romance. It gave me everything I enjoy in a YA contempo...
  • Jane
    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.
  • Karlita | Tale Out Loud
    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 with her emotions and anxiety that was filled by her mom’s one-track mind to count calories and food restriction.From her parents’ divorce to her mom joining a we...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3 starsI 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 way, I feel like the similarities took away some of the good things about To Be Honest.To Be Honest tackles a lot of more serious topics than just failing class--eating disord...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I managed to read this book in just one day, which says a lot. I loved it.
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    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. I absolutely loved her, and I loved her, because she loved herself. No approval needed. • Pro: The sisterhood Savannah shared with Ashley was really wonderful. Thes...
  • Justine
    MY MIND AUTOMATICALLY GOESAFTER 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 gone distant after she joined the television show and gone divorce from her dad. Her dad whom now lives away from them. And Savy’s sister Ashley who just left too because of college. S...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    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 in a short book- Story lines needed to be explored more than they wereI liked this story, loved the MC, but walked away more confused than feeling good about what I read.FRTC-...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    CW: fat shaming, disordered eating, panic attacksHello. 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 while also kinda sorta falling in love with an adorable saxophone prodigy who is supportive and perfect and did I say adorable? Despite my little content warning up there...
  • Beth Summer
    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 anything. Maggie has an ability to create such real, layered characters with humor and heart. The romance is beautifully executed and extremely swoonworthy. I'm already i...
  • Robyn
    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 doesn’t know how she will get through the year without Ashley as a buffer between her and their mother. Ever since the divorce, Savannah’s mother, Kim, has made ...
  • Aura
    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. When the mom comes home, it is obvious that there is something wrong with her and her obsession with losing weight. Her obsession is affecting the relationship with he...
  • Kris
    4.5 RTC
  • Brooke Banks
    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 come with insecurities and defense mechanisms. I love how she put herself out there and did the work of progress. She's forced to live and deal with an unhealthy mom that's honestly cruel...
  • Annabel
    If I could give this book a thousand stars I would! I loved reading about Savannah and her life. This book is so good and it is a really important book in a time where it's still normal to bully fat girls. I loved how the story progressed and how we got to know the characters. I can think of only one thing I didn't like about this was to short!!! I want more from these amazing characters.