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...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    3.5 starsI felt like this was missing a lot of emotional weight and in-depth ness that I wanted. Martin's great at tackling those more comical stories like with The Big F, but I feel like with this more serious topic, her writing style didn't change enough to make it fit as well.Full review to come Saturday.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mikayla (MyBookSelf)
    3.5 stars.While I think the topic To Be Honest covers in both body positivity and that being skinny does not equal being healthy are extremely important, I was let down by the execution of this novel.What I liked best about this novel was the character Savannah. Savannah is happy in her skin, which is something I love seeing in fat characters. Her voice really shines through the novel and I felt like I got a wonderful sense of who she is. There a...
  • Rachel
    When Savvy’s sister Ashley leaves for college, she’s not just worried about losing her best friend. She’s also worried she’s going to lose the only buffer between herself and her newly diet-obsessed mom. Ever since her parents got divorced and her mom went on Shake the Weight, a weight loss reality show, she’s been like an entirely new person… and not really for the better. Her obsession with weight and healthy living extends to Savvy...
  • Courtney Garrison
    I wasn’t quite sure of what to expect from this novel. I saw Chelsea on YouTube brag about this book for having a plus-sized main character and talking about loving yourself at any size. I knew after that I wanted to read it.Your main character is Savannah. She is in her senior year of high school and lives with her mom. Her sister Ashely has just moved away for college and so Savannah isn’t sure how she will do living alone with her mother.S...
  • Jill
    I was immediately drawn to this book when I saw author, Maggie Martin, is not only an Iowa native but also a graduate from the University of Iowa. Admittedly, I have not read her debut novel The Big F, however given the incredible talent Martin possesses for capturing the high school female emotions and fears in her newest novel, To Be Honest, I imagine her first is just as enjoyable. To Be Honest covers some heavy ground, literally and figurativ...
  • Trianna
    3.5/5TW: For eating disordersThis was a super cute and fun story. I wish I had just sat down and read it in one sitting rather than spreading out over a week. This book has family dynamics, self love, and a super cute relationship. It is also very humorous and the references are modern. It feels like how teens of today talk (at least on the internet because I don't hang out with teens). My favorite part of this book was George and Savannah's bant...
  • Kalyn Delillo
    Savannah is the overweight daughter to a newly thin mother who is obsessed with health and weight loss after being a contestant on a weight loss show. Now that her sister is away at college, Savannah will have to navigate her mother’s weight obsession and snide remarks all on her own. This was a quick read that deals with important topics. I really enjoyed that the main character didn’t feel as though she needed to change herself to be loved....
  • Emily Leyland
    This book is a solid 3.5 stars. I loved Savannah - her voice was clear, she's smart, driven, sassy, and relatable. But I didn't find the story in general to be the most compelling. I couldn't tell what the story was supposed to be about...there was a small romance plot, family drama, and school drama. And while it's fine to have offshoots of the plot, it was hard to focus on which was the most important. And while that's kind of how life goes, it...