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The Weekend Bucket List

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  45 reviews
High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy have yet to set one toe out of line—they’ve never stayed out all night or snuck into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List.

There’s a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much
Paperback, 266 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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☆ Todd
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it

Where to begin, where to begin...

First, Mia Kerick's books are always well-written and interesting, so when I first read the blurb for this story, I had *assumed* that this would be another of her compelling M/M romances. But...

This. Is. Not. A. Romance.

If you're looking for the slow burn of attraction, turning into swooning feelings as those feelings are acted upon, I have several other book recommendations, but this story would not be on that list.

Instead, this was a book about high school fri
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
The Weekend Bucket List

1. Go skinny-dipping
2. Stay out all night
3. Face a fear
4. Sleep under the stars
5. Take a road trip
6. Get drunk
7. Have a first kiss
8. Run naked on the beach
9. Sneak into a movie
10. Spend twenty-four hours with no electronics
11. Get pierced and tattooed
12. Say thank you to someone

This is Cadence and Cooper's end of school Bucket list. They want to have a memorable weekend before they have to start thinking about college. This is a becoming of age story about friendship
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Best friends that are soon to be high school graduates, Cady and Cooper decided to make a bucket list of things they haven't tried during their high school years. Most of the things on their bucket list were things they haven't done ever and things that they are afraid to do, or what we call, phobias. At their friendship stage, they have these weird feelings about each other aside from just being best friends. Through this bucket list, they are also working their feelings for each other until El ...more
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I got sent this book in exchange for a honest review, all my opinions are my own and thank you so much to the publishers for sending me this book!

This was a quick and easy book that I really enjoyed. The LGBTQ+ Representation was so well done in this book and the friendships were also very beautiful.
Taylor Brooke
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about complex friendship? A book that takes Queer kids and gives them something other than romance?

And I can only imagine what this book will mean to aromantic readers. I cannot wait to read this!
Jennifer Shanahan
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-giveaways
This was kind of an odd book. The main characters are best friends, Cady and Cooper and they have a solid friend relationship that only recently has introduced the possibility of romance. They spent all of high school studying and being good kids/students so they decide to spend the weekend before their graduation doing things they think other hs kids have been doing all 4 years (at least once anyways). That premise is kind of cute, that they want to have some "fun" and let loose a little. They ...more
Annie Maus
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mia Kerick's The Weekend Bucket List was so good, I plan to give it to a teenager struggling with her identity.

I think the young lady will enjoy it, and possibly have a change of perspective. While Kerick spins a captivating tale of three youth, she powerfully explores themes of sexuality, peer-pressure, self-respect, finances, education, and parental pressure; the daily struggle for many on the cusp of adulthood.

Everyone, including Cooper, has presumed he's gay. His best female friend, Cady,
Joyfully Jay
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars

A bucket list, as Mia Kerrick allows her characters to remind us, is something one makes before they die. Often we hear about terminally ill patients creating a bucket list of things they want to achieve before they pass. So why would an author take three healthy teenagers and create their story around such a list? Well, when you look more closely at the amazing characters this talented author has created and what they are facing in their near future, the whole conc
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I have to start off by saying that this book was not what I expected. I know, I know, the blurb talks about friendship but I fully expected, right up until the last page, that I would get a romance out of it. We have the sweet Cooper and the outspoken Cady, best friends who are working their way through a bucket list before they end their high school career. I want to put it out there that I loved the idea of the teenage bucket list and the things on it, especially “7. Have a first kiss. 8. Run ...more
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley from the publishers at Interlude Press.

All throughout high school, best friends Cady and Cooper have gotten good grades and stayed out of trouble. On the last weekend before graduation, they decide to make a bucket list of all the “normal” teenager things that they missed, like taking a road trip and getting tattoos. They don’t count on a beautiful stranger, Eli, joining them for the weekend, or that Eli’s presence will force them to confront how they re
Lynda Dickson
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Cady and Cooper are best friends determined to complete their Weekend Bucket List before they graduate from high school the following Monday. Everyone thinks Cooper is gay, but the truth is they’re both struggling with their feelings for each other, fearing they will ruin their friendship if they take things to the next level. Then they run into Eli, the cute carnie, and everything changes.

This book asks the question: is romantic love more important than friendship? The story is told in alterna
Sarah Fairbairn
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right out the gate this story entertained me. The POV alternates between the three main characters – Cady, Cooper and Eli. I found all three characters relatable and easily likeable.

The bucket list is Cady’s way of making sure she and Cooper experience all the things that “normal” kids do in high school. The things that they missed out on while they were being model students. Things like getting drunk, going skinny dipping, sneaking into a movie and having a first kiss. She’s also hoping they mi
Naomi Tajedler
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was so good, and so necessary! Platonic love, friendships, are so importantnd add so much to life, it's great to see it highlighted in a novel of this quality!!
The three characters pulled me in, each with their different strengths and qualities.
I highly recommend this book -- you won't be able to put it down (and I bet you will make your own bucket list at the end of it ;))
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a beautiful book! Review on my blog soon!
Samantha (WLABB)
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, ya, contemporary, lgbtqia
Cady and Cooper were at this big crossroad in their lives. Graduation was in three days, and soon these BFFs would be leaving each other to attend separate colleges. Cady wanted to know once and for all if a romance was possible with Cooper, and the weekend bucket list was born. However, along the way, a third party, Eli, became entangled in this plot, and things got a little complicated.

I won't lie. I was expecting a cute friends-to-more romance with some fun hijinks. That is not what I got re
Justine Cassel
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I was sent this as an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

I loved the concept of this book when I read the synopsis and was so excited going into it. While I did enjoy the book, I found it to be too long. It could have ended by part 2 in my opinion. The story is the perfect fluff read but it could have used some more romance. I think a big part of my mediocre opinion of this book is that Cady was such a frustrating character. She can never be happy unless things happen her way or she gets the g
books are love
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
First I want to make this clear: If you are thinking this is like other books from Mia Kerick where you get this sweet coming of age romance stop right here. This is not a romance. There is no romance in this book. We have two best friends who are trying to figure out who they are and where they stand in each others lives after high school. They are scared and just completely lost with their feelings and themselves. They don’t know where they fit in. We also have a boy come into the picture neit ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
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Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars - I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Set around high school graduation, this is the story of an evolving friendship between three young people. At the age of 18, neither Cady or her best friend Cooper has ever kissed anyone. They also haven’t tried alcohol or experienced many other teen rites of passage. It’s not the most plausible premise.

Cady and Cooper are top students without many friendships. And with Cady, I kinda understood why. She’s a clever k
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
So, I have very mixed feelings about this book. Usually that means a pros/cons type review works best for me, so here goes…

-The idea of a bucket list—regardless of the reason behind why Cady and Cooper created the list, the idea of setting goals and being able to check them off appeals to my OCD side. The list they start out the story with may seem silly, but the idea of setting goals and achieving them together with one’s best friend is alluring.
-Eli—I absolutely fell in love with Eli. He
J.S. Frankel
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for a fair review, and although it wasn't exactly what I expected--having read and reviewed a few of Ms. Kerick's other novels--it still came off as a decent read. More than decent, although there were a few flaws.

The central question of the novel is whether friends can remain friends, or if sex has to come along and screw things up. (Yes, pun intended, go with it!). We have Cady, Cooper, and Eli, and the author writes sharp characterizations for all
Sarika Patkotwar
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review was intially published at The Readdicts Book Blog. For more reviews, go here .

The Weekend Bucket List sounded like a fun read when I first heard about it. I was really looking forward to reading it, so when I finally started the book, I was excited for the journey. The book ended up being fun for sure, but there was so much more to it than just that.

The Weekend Bucket List starts off as a very fun and frolic read with closest friends Cady and Cooper ticking off items of their bu
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley2018
It's been a terrible senior year for Cady now he brother has been taken away because of drugs. Together with her best friend Cooper, she's always been the opposite of her twin and is now about to start college without having had any wild experiences. That's how their bucket list starts, and thanks to that they meet Eli, a handsome young man who seems to fit in perfectly in their duo. But his presence also makes things change and force them to deal with their impending separation for college.

Mari  Cardenas
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!

I've gotta stress that this book is not a romance, so you won't find one here. That said, what this book is, is a story about friendship—lifelong in the case of Cady and Cooper and newfound between them and Eli— and coming of age and realizing things aren't as black and white as one might expect.

My favorite of the three was Eli, he was such a sweet boy and even if he was a new addition to their group, he was a great one. I really liked poor, confused Cooper. Unfortunately, I didn't part
Kevin Casey
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THERE IS NO SEX… keep reading… There Is No SEX… finish the whole review… thereisnosexthereisnosexthereisnosexthereisnosexthereisnosexthereisnosexthereisnosex...
and now that we have that out of the way, WHO CARES?!?!? … this is a wonderful
book by the always amazing Mia Kerick.

This a story about friendship, about taking steps, about moving forward, about learning and
experiencing all the various facets of love and loving… as Cady (the female protagonist) says
“once you take a step forward in life,
Feb 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
I am so much anticipating reading this book. I haven't gotten a chance to read such rich writing on such a complex topic. Friendship is such a vital experience at such a turning point age in life. Teenagers often confuse the importance of friendship and relationships. Relationships are often temporary while friendships are forever. It is an important distinction to make and this piece of literature will help clarify that. What a difficult topic to tackle. I'm sure Mia has done so in a beautifull ...more
LitPick Book Reviews
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For high school students Cady and Cooper, the end of their senior year is approaching too quickly. In hopes of making themselves look more interesting once they start college, they come up with the Weekend Bucket List. Cady hopes this list will help her come out of her shell and possibly help her determine whether she is in love with her best friend. Cooper wants to also clear up confusion with Cady and face many of his fears head-on. As they start to complete more of the list, a not-so-much "gl ...more
Becky Baldridge
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
While there are some romantic feelings to be explored, this is not a romance. The Weekend Bucket List is all about the friendship of these teenagers. So often, what makes a character most interesting are their flaws and that is the case with Cady, Cooper, and Eli. While some things about this trio are more likable than others, they all play an important part of the story and even when I was frustrated with one or all of them, I wanted to see how things played out. This one is perfect for an easy ...more
Suzey Ingold
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet, coming-of-age style story told from three viewpoints. The three are very different in many ways, but this story highlights the very similar struggles that people go through around that age of leaving high school. There's something in these characters that everyone can relate to, whether in the individuals or in the complexities of the friendships. ...more
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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