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The BFF Bucket List

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  217 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Ella and Skyler have been best friends since kindergarten—so close that people smoosh their names together like they’re the same person: EllaandSkyler. SkylerandElla.

But Ella notices the little ways she and Skyler have been slowly drifting apart. And she’s determined to fix things with a fun project she’s sure will bring them closer together—The BFF Bucket List
Published May 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin
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Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness - this book was such adorable fun! Ella and Skyler have been best friends for forever! They're looking forward to going to high school together but in the summer before, they feel their friendship drifting apart. Something must be done! Ella comes up with a brilliant idea - a BFF Bucket List - things that they can do as best friends together. Oh and they're fun - random acts of kindness, facing fears, hosting a fancy-pants dinner party. I LOVED reading about all of the things on t ...more
Monica Tesler
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to read an Advance Reader's Copy of THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito. I simply adored this sweet, fun, fast read. Ella and Skyler have been BFFs forever, but with middle school ending, their differences that have always seemed so complimentary now threaten to break their BFF bond. Maybe a BFF Bucket List is just the thing to glue their friendship back together! This charm of a book took me right back to middle school where BFFs are everything. I love the growth of the girls' friends ...more
Victoria Coe
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to receive an advance reviewer copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

WOW! I loved this book! The BFF Bucket List is a very touching, heartfelt story about two girls - BFFs - and the momentous summer before they begin high school. Though this particular summer turns out to be even more momentous than either one of them expected.

While the plot is loads of fun - a BFF bucket list of sweet and/or crazy things for the two of them to do together - it sw
Abby Cooper
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to receive an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Skyler and Ella are best friends--sort of. Things have been a little off lately, but Ella's determined to get their friendship back to normal before high school starts in the fall. As they work to check off items on their BFF Bucket List, they encounter all kinds of unexpected challenges that not only threaten the success of their list, but the success of their friendship as well.

I absolute
Lee Malone
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming and funny book, filled with real moments that will resonate with anyone who is, or has ever been, moving on from middle school. Romito's ear for tween dialogue is spot on perfect and can bring you to laughter and close to tears in the same scene. I loved the dual narrative because it showed you how both girls were struggling with maintaining their friendship in the face of a lot of changes, both small and large. And I don't want to spoil it, but just wait for the scene with th ...more
Jenn Bishop
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Friendship might very well be the core of the middle school experience. You can get through ANYTHING with a good friend by your side. But what about when boys come along? And . . . high school? Ella and Skyler have been BFFs for as long as they can remember, but the summer before high school, things seem like they might be changing. Skyler starts getting frustrated over Ella's resistance to trying new things. And Ella, well, she just wants things to stay the same as much as possible. Ella thinks ...more
Jen Malone
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Cannot even describe how much I love this book!!!!
Bridget Hodder
Oct 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
They're sweet! They're close! They're best friends forever!

But wait: how long is "forever"?

It's the summer before their first year of high school, and Ella can't understand why Skyler wants to bring new friends into their lives--like that annoying Brooke, who keeps trying to to come between them (even though Skyler refuses to admit it).

Skyler wants to stay friends with Ella, but Ella's refusal to accept new pals, and her need to always take the lead in deciding what they do together, is start
Erin Petti
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Dee Romito has captured something simple, true, and bittersweet in The BFF Bucket List - the growing pains of two best friends as they leave childhood and start to explore their own identities. There's a lot of silliness, and tons of laughs, but at the core of this heartfelt story are two young women who are figuring out what friendship means, and who they want to be.

The breezy writing made it a quick, enjoya
Adrienne Carrick
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fun, sweet, and very honest story of how best friends can drift apart through no fault of either party. Some very fun storylines and a great twist that I won't give away! Read it!
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! I love the friendship. I love how they fight to save it. It took me straight back to my middle grade days, and made me wish I had been as proactive as Ella about saving my friendships.

You see, Ella and Skylar are two unique girls about to enter High School. But instead of growing closer, they find themselves drifting apart, and that is so not okay with Ella. Since she is a planner and a list-maker, that is exactly what she does. She makes a BFF bucket list in a craz
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The BFF Bucket List is a fun and poignant coming-of-age novel. I grew up in the '70s and '80s and this story resonated for me, bringing back memories of middle school. We may not have had cell phones and the Internet, but we did have the angst and the optimistic spunk and the ever-changing friendships that Romito so eloquently captures. I love the alternate growth and desire for things to stay the same that the two main characters struggle with. I was sad to say goodbye to these girls when the b ...more
Erin Teagan
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It’s the summer before high school starts and Ella and Skyler have been BFFs forever. Ella likes watching movies at home, just the two of them, but Skyler wants to hang out at The Donut and the bowling alley with other kids from their class. Their friendship is changing and Ella fears they’re growing apart, so she creates the BFF Bucket List, a list of things she and Skyler have to do together before school starts.

The list is adorable and fun and I can see BFFs reading this book together and co
Sandi Van
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My son and I were lucky to get our hands on an ARC of The BFF Bucket List, and we loved it! Here's what he had to say (he's nine):
I thought that the book was excellent. It was hilarious, and at the same time some parts could be sad. I liked the part where they go racing in the shopping carts. It made me sad when they kept secrets from each other because that's just sad. I would recommend The BFF Bucket List to people who enjoy books with comedy and drama as well as water balloon fights. ...more
Jennifer Bardsley
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The BFF Bucket List had my daughter in stiches. It's about two best friends who are growing apart but who desperately want to stay connected. One friends is bubbly, outgoing, and makes friends easily. The other is shy, controlling, and terrified of change. Together they embark on the summer of a lifetime. A best friends photo shoot, cow encounters and a trip to the emergency room are only the beginning. Can they face the scariest challenge of all ... middle grade boys?

The BFF Bucket
J.C. Lane
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a sweet book! This story about two eighth-graders turning high-schoolers hit home for me, since I have a daughter of that exact age. The issues and struggles and joys reflected in this book sound just like the things I hear and see at home. A good book for kids, and also for parents, since they can get a glimpse into the things their own children might be dealing with. The characters are real and likable, and deal with things in real ways. Romito does a great job of bringing the story alive ...more
Stephanie Faris
Apr 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the most tragic things that can happen in middle school is the loss of a friendship. Yet that age seems to come with so much growth, it's easy for best friends to drift apart. In The BFF Bucket List, ultra-organized Ella desperately tries to save her friendship with her outgoing best friend Skyler. Skyler is making new friends, though, and the more Ella tries to get her to stick to this "bucket list," the stickier things seem to get. The story is heartbreaking in parts as the girls try to ...more
Jen Petro-Roy
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, middle-grade, ebook, 2015
Super cute.
Kristin Dudish
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The BFF Bucket List is proof that there is no such thing as a "girl book" or "boy book". After whizzing through this "major fun" book, my son handed it to me & insisted I read it too... We both loved it! I enjoyed traveling back to middle school without actually having to go back, and my son & I both really enjoyed the humor. (This book has even inspired us to create our own "bucket list" for the summer!)

Dee Romito did a beautiful job capturing the ups & downs of adolesce
Janet McNally
Apr 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very sweet book about friendship. I think most kids experience a situation similar to this: a friendship that's changing, and two friends who are growing apart. It's great to see the situation from both of the girls' perspectives, and the voices of each narrator are pitch-perfect. I love the list that Ella creates and how valiantly they try to follow it, because even though their friendship is not the same, they don't want to lose one another. It's really fun to watch the girls do the ...more
Wendy MacKnight
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
What a delight this book! Ella and Skyler have been best friends forever. But things are changing; they're changing. So when Ella comes up with the BFF Bucket List as a way to bring the friends closer together once more, both of them are shocked when the list only seems to intensify their differences. Add in new friends and some big secrets, can their friendship survive?

Romito makes us love both friends equally and we really understand how deep their love is for one another. This is
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book.

I'll confess that I don't read much middle grade, but this book was such a joy to read. It reminded me of when I was a young teenager and some of the trouble my friends and I used to get into! It's a wonderful story about friendship and all the forms it can take, and all the ways it can evolve. Funny and fun with a few twists along the way, I was sad when the book ended. I'm hoping for a sequel in the future! :)
Kate Quinn
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this book. It is an honest look at two friends beginning to grow apart, and while it deals with the heartache inherent in such a situation - the book chooses not to dwell on it. Instead, we see the two friends find ways to keep their old friendship alive while also welcoming new friends into their lives. Both honest and upbeat, I would put this book into the hands of every middle grade kid
Alexandra Ott
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of The BFF Bucket List, and I absolutely loved it. Ella and Skyler's many (mis)adventures as they attempt to maintain their friendship during the last summer before high school are fun, funny, and sweet. Such a charming read.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-nine-weeks
The BFF Bucket List is by far one of the most inspirational and encouraging books that I have read in a while. It has a perfect mix of both deep and true feelings, as well as hilarious comedy. It is a reminder that best friends can grow apart and still maintain a friendship.
Skyler and Ella are complete opposites as well as best friends. They've known each other since Kindergarten and would not have it any other way. Though the two 8th grade girls are about to go to high school and Skyler begin
Anna Priemaza
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The BFF BUCKET LIST hurt my heart in the best way. All the feels.
Kathleen Burkinshaw
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Originally posted at Log Cabin Library

This is the summer before Ella and Skyler are set to enter high school, they've each got big plans, as well as a few secrets that they've been keeping. The BFF Bucket List really captures that feeling of two friends outgrowing one another, where at first you enjoyed doing all the same things, but then start to have new interests and hobbies that the other person doesn't have. For Ella and Skyler, it's a struggle watching their friendship change, and they e
Kathy MacMillan
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ella and Skyler are best friends. Even though they both know that Ella is the one who doesn’t like change, both girls have their worries about moving into high school next year – and how it will affect their friendship. Frightened of what Skyler’s new enthusiasm for hanging out with other friends might mean, Ella proposes the ultimate list – a series of challenges for them to take on together over the summer. Skyler’s in, and a series of adventures ensues, from a best friend photo shoot to tempo ...more
Sonya Mukherjee
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun, sweet book! My tween and I were trading our advance review copy back and forth, but she was reading a few chapters ahead of me. When she got near the end, she started laughing hard, and she wouldn't tell me why, which made me even more excited to finish. Sure enough, I laughed too! Her review: "I really loved this book because it was relatable and funny, and it had a great twist." Agreed!
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Dee Romito’s middle grade novels, THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, BEST. NIGHT. EVER. and POSTCARDS FROM VENICE, are available from Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, along with her debut picture book PIES FROM NOWHERE, from Little Bee Books. Watch for the FORT BUILDERS, INC. early chapter book series coming in 2020!

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