Published by Atria/Emily Bestler Books on August 7, 2018
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From the author of the critically acclaimed “lively and engrossing parable for women of all generations” (Harper’s Bazaar) The Regulars comes a deeply funny and thoughtful tale of a young woman who, after discovering she has the breast cancer gene, embarks on an unforgettable bucket list adventure.
Twenty-five-old Lacey Whitman is blindsided when she’s diagnosed with the BCRA1 gene mutation: the “breast cancer” gene. Her high hereditary risk forces a decision: increased surveillance or the more radical step of a preventative double mastectomy. Lacey doesn't want to lose her breasts. For one, she’s juggling two career paths; her work with the prestigious New York trend forecaster Hoffman House, and her role on the founding team of a sustainable fashion app with friend/mentor, Vivian Chang. Secondly, small-town Lacey’s not so in touch with her sexuality: she doesn’t want to sacrifice her breasts before she’s had the chance to give them their hey-day. To help her make her choice, she (and her friends) creates a “boob bucket list”: everything she wants do with and for her boobs before a possible surgery.
This kicks off a year of sensual exploration and sexual entertainment for the quick-witted Lacey Whitman. Ultimately, this is a story about Lacey’s relationship to her body and her future. Both are things she thought she could control through hard work and sacrifice. Both are things she will change by choosing to have a major surgery that could save her life, and will give her the future she really wants.
Featuring the pitch-perfect “compulsively delicious” (Redbook) prose of The Regulars, The Bucket List is perfect for fans of Amy Poeppel and Sophie Kinsella.
This is the story of Lacey Wihitman who was diagnosed with the BRAC1 mutation and she has a choice. We follow her through this trying year as she set out a boob theme (sensuality) bucket list.
I will be honest this book took me a few weeks to get through and it wasn’t until the other characters pointed out that the main character was selfish and incredibly flawed that I just got it. I felt for Lacey but her choices throughout the story completely annoyed me. She was a liar and selfish for 80% of the book.
In terms of her romantic relationship, I felt we spend more time with a no good relationship as opposed to the one that was right for her.
The ending although it was a nice change. I didn’t get it. I felt that all of her hard work for the past year went down the drain.
One of the positive of this book was the role of community and learning about the “previvors”. I wished we would dive more into that journey. I am glad that the process wasn’t sugarcoated and we saw the good, the bad and the ugly.
My feels about this book: I love the idea of this book but I didn’t like the main character going through this journey. I wished she was a more likeable character. I am glad that I persevere and finished this book. I just wished it didn’t take me 2 weeks finish this book.