Synopses & Reviews
Alex and Becca have always been best friends. But when Becca does something nearly unforgivable at Alexs dads funeral, Alex cuts ties with her and focuses on her grieving family.
Time passes, and Alex finally decides to forgive Becca. Then shes hit with another shocker: Becca has cancer. It also turns out Becca has a bucket list, one she doesnt know shell be able to finish now. Thats where Alex comes in, along with a mysterious and guarded boy who just may help Alex check a few items off her own bucket list.
Julie Halpern writes about illness, loss, love, and friendship with candor and compassion. Here is an unforgettable book about living fully, living authentically, and just . . . living.
"Alex Buckley is reeling from the death of her father and the nearly unforgiveable thing her best friend Becca did the night of his funeral. Then Becca is diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which forces a reconciliation between the two high school seniors and gets Alex entangled with helping Becca live out her expletive-based version of a 'bucket list.' Halpern (Get Well Soon) takes a familiar YA formula and makes it fresh through Alex's honest reflections about life, death, and especially sex as she navigates the objectives on Becca's list, many of which revolve around sexual experiences (both solo and with a partner). Alex's sarcastic narration and bawdy conversations with Becca and sweet, outsidery Leo (who helps Alex check off a few entries himself) are funny, smart, real, and even endearing once readers get the hang of Alex's way of looking at life (of Becca's sexy homeschooled neighbor: 'He totally wants to bone the cancer right out of you'). A memorable novel about a rock-solid friendship surviving trying circumstances that never loses its sense of humor. Ages 13 up. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Julie Halpern is the author of the acclaimed teen novels Get Well Soon, Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, Dont Stop Now, and Have a Nice Day. She lives with her husband, the illustrator Matthew Cordell, and their family outside of Chicago.