To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

Rating 💚💚💚💚
Author Maggie Ann Martin
Title To Be Honest
Published August 21st 2018 by Swoon Reads
Genre contemporary, romance, ya
Cover 💛💛💛



Received from Xpresso Book Tour


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-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.


I expected To Be Honest to be just easy summer contemporary read, but it is so much more. It very sweet story of falling in love, finding yourself and independence, but it deal with heavier issues, like body image, eating disorder and mental health. I especially like the the way eating disorder was portrayed, the way it slowly comes into your life and takes over and how it doesn't affect just the person suffering, but also the people who love him/her.

To Be Honest is a story of Savannah's last year in high school. She lives with her mother and sister (her parents divorced). After her sister leaves for collage, she is left alone with mom, but they don’t get along. Those issued get worse with time. After losing weight on show, her mom is determined to keep of weight and that include unwelcome advice to Savannah - All the time. It seems like all conversation between them is about food and it’s extremely relatable. She is trying not to let it get to her. On one of her best-friends family events she meet George, but they don’t get along at first. When she start to tutor him, they get to each other and develop friendship. The romance is slow but incredibly cute. :)

The best thing about the book is watching Savannah's character development, she is pretty amazing. :))

Happy reading,




  1. Great review! This sounds very character driven and compelling overall!

  2. I agree with you on the 3 "heart" rating for the cover... I just don't love it. And it's not because she's a plus-sized gal, but where is the top half of her face? It just seems like strange framing to me...

    Thanks for reviewing! This definitely looks like an interesting read! :)

    1. Right? I have this hate/love relationship with covers lately-amazing stories, not amazing covers... I usually pick book mostly based on cover and it makes me wonder how many amazing stories I missed, because of it.

      Thank you for reading. :)


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