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

  • 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...
  • Fizah(Books tales by me)
    Actual Rating 4.5RTC
  • 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...
  • Laura (bbliophile)
    I managed to read this book in just one day, which says a lot. I loved it.
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    *4.5 stars*Um, hello, I LOVED this. Review TK!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Stacy Fetters
    "I have to say, when my fantasies took place in the boys’ locker room, I did not envision holding an interview with the seventy-year-old baseball coach first thing on Monday."Parts of this book made me a tad bit emotional and other parts made me cringe. Somethings just hit a little too close to home. Being a large and in charge girl will make you feel the emotions and thoughts swirling about in Savannah’s head throughout this entire book. I...
  • Alyssa
    I was sent this by the publisher, Swoon Reads in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.CW: eating disorder, panic attacks rep: fat mc, sister is a lesbian, anxiety I loved this so much! It gave me a lot of The Upside of Unrequited vibes. The romance was so cute, I shipped George and Savvy the whole way! This book is also very body positive! Savvy mentions to her mother, a former contestant on a weight loss show, “News flash: fa...
  • Sara Texas Girl Reads
    Thank you to the Kid Lit Exchange network for the review copy of this book! All opinions are my own!Savannah (Savvy) is not looking forward to the next year. Her sister and best friend just left for her first year at college, and Savvy is stuck at home with her weight-loss-show contestant mom. In addition to losing an unhealthy amount of weight on the show, she is now obsessed with remaining thin, eating the least amount of food possible, and dra...
  • Sara
    I loved Maggie’s debut, The Big F, when I read it last year. TBH has been at the top of my 2018 TBR ever since it was announced and I was so excited to grab a copy when I was at BookCon! Side note, BookCon was how long ago and I’m just now getting to the ARCs? I’m so sorry.Anyway, the review.Savannah is definitely a less likable heroine than Dani was. She’s rude, she’s angry, and she pushes people away. And why shouldn’t she? Her moth...
  • Rayna
  • Abbie Martin
    I simply adored this book. Maggie Ann Martin is a force to be reckoned with. She brings a new voice to this generation that advocates for self-love and body positivity. I can't recommend this book enough!
  • Michelle
    Savannah AKA Savvy (how adorable is that nickname?) is one of my favorite kinds of leading lady. Savvy is smart (YES!), snarky, driven, and curvy. I like seeing a female, teen protagonist who can get sh*t done instead of needing someone else to lead her around. Savvy is a senior in high school, thinking about college plans and how she'll survive the school year without her older sister, the buffer between Savvy and their weight-obsessed mother. D...
  • Alison
    I really wanted to love this book...but it just left me wanting more from each of the many storylines.
  • Sarah
    **Thanks for the ARC Netgalley!**Savannah is feeling left behind. Her best friend/almost twin sister has gone off to college. Her mother has become a completely different person, literally and figuratively, after appearing on a Biggest Loser style weight loss/makeover show. Her father has left the family for another woman. And her other best friend is dating a jock...which Savanna is really not sure about. All she wants to do is finish high schoo...
  • Renata
    A really enjoyable YA contemporary romance! Loved seeing a fairly confident fat teen girl and the effects of her mother going on a Biggest Loser-style show has on her whole family. It's an insightful look at how body positivity isn't a one and done kind of decision but rather an attitude that might ebb and flow depending on what's happening around you. PLUS a girl who's good at math tutoring a boy who's less good at math. plus a side queer romanc...
  • Jenni
    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I ADORED this book. Hands down, ADORED it. I will absolutely be picking this one up for my school library. I devoured it in under 2 hours. This books is about Savannah, a high school senior who is dealing with life. She has anxiety, a mother who lost an extreme amount of weight publicly via reality tv, and pretty good sense of humor.While she is now left alone with her mother a...
  • Kris
    This was really cute! The parts about her mom and the weight loss really hit home for me. It was fluffy and nice, just what I needed after my breakup.
  • Mckinlay
    Literally the only thing i didn’t hate was the fat rep.
  • Cristin
    To be honest...I really liked this book. I loved the relationships between the main character Savvy and her mother, sister, father, and friends. This book gives us some raw emotions that comes with complicated relationships.I love that Savvy was accepting of her body and she pushed back at those trying to make her feel "less" because she was chubby. It was a really striking difference with the relationship her mother has with her own body.I reall...