The Bucket List
“Emotional, hilarious, and thought-provoking.” —People
“Witty, sexy.” —Los Angeles Times
#1 Cosmopolitan Best New Books of Summer
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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 embarks on an unforgettable bucket list adventure.
Twenty-five-old Lacey Whitman is blindsided when she’s diagnosed with the BRCA1 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. 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. The Bucket List cleverly and compassionately explores Lacey’s relationship to her body and her future. Both are things Lacey thought she could control through hard work and sacrifice. But the future, it turns out, is more complicated than she could ever imagine.
Featuring the pitch-perfect “compulsively delicious” (Redbook) prose of The Regulars, The Bucket List is perfect for fans of Amy Poeppel and Sophie Kinsella.
Twenty-five-year-old Lacey Whitman, an ambitious New York City fashion trend forecaster, tests positive for the BRCA1 gene mutation, which significantly increases her risk of contracting an aggressive type of breast cancer in Clark's heartfelt and sexy story of surviving and thriving in the face of a potentially life-altering medical diagnosis. The decision to wait and see or to get a preventative double mastectomy looms, so Lacey and her best friend, Steph, create a bucket list for her breasts. In six months, Lacey will make a final decision about a mastectomy; in the meantime, she plans to indulge daring sexual fantasies. But a flirtation with Steph's cute roommate, Cooper, and a wild, passionate affair with an older, in-demand fashion designer not to mention the demands of her career are overwhelming. Lacey must also come to terms with her fraught family history, including her mother's death from cancer at 31, and her complicated relationship with her combative sister, Mara. Lacey is a funny and relatable narrator; her uncertainty and fear in the face of her diagnosis will resonate with readers. Clark balances the romance and sexual exploration with more sobering matters such as the financial realities of serious illness and when Bee, a woman Lacey meets in an online cancer support group, becomes ill after surgery and asks for her help.. Though the ending is pat, it is nonetheless a crowd-pleaser; Clark (The Regulars) navigates the reality that comes along with this type of diagnosis with sensitivity and wit.