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Caleb Samuels.
Smug. Irritating. Pain in the …
After high school, I was content with the idea of never seeing him again.
But as his sister Merilyn’s best friend, it was bound to happen eventually. I just didn’t expect it to be at her wake, where, following a foolish, naive, and completely ridiculous incident, I’m prepared to return to my perfectly routine life and wash my ha
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 29th 2019 by Independently Published
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Jessica ❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
Senior Year Bucket List, a standalone by J. M. Miller, tells the story of Celia and Caleb and their relationship before and after the death of her best friend and his sister, Merilyn. Despite the fact that they were pretty much exact opposites, Celia and Mer were inseparable in high school. Caleb had a crush on Celia, and he teased and tormented her because of it.

Senior year, they created a bucket list to push themselves to do a myriad of adventurous things before leaving for college. Caleb joi
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Kris (frantic4romantic)
What a sweet and sappy love story! I love me a good second chance romance.

I enjoyed how this was written. There were dual points of view and flashbacks, but the story flowed seamlessly. I liked the way the author gave us a good backstory and built a good foundation for their relationship.

Caleb was all things swoony. He was so head over heels for Celia for so long. It was beautiful to watch them fall in love and then fall back into love.

The story was a tad predictable at times and moved a little
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Milica's Bookshelf
Such a sweet, cute second-chance love story without the dramalalala that I'm usually used to see in stories like this. ♥ ...more
Thuy Taylor
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the best friend's brother/sister trope. I love reunion, second chance romances. First Off, this cover😍😍. It’s literally a scene in the book, and in my eyes, makes it so much more special! 😍😍. Celia and Caleb have history. Caleb is Celia's best friends brother, Celia and Merilyn are complete opposites but their friendship worked. Celia is safe, doesn't take chances, while Mer is a thrill seeker, which is a part of her even after she graduates high school. Caleb has always pushed Celia's bu ...more
Anne OK
A new-to-me-author with a delightful and fun-to-read second chance romance that switches back and forth between senior year in high school and then sends you forward five years to the present. After the death of Caleb's sister and in keeping with her last wishes, he confronts her best friend to complete a high school bucket list of "to do's." It's tender-hearted, funny, sweet, charming with some sizzle -- and a little sadness too.

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Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
That bonus epilogue LOL
Senior Year Bucket List was a really cute read. It deals with loss, second-chance and an adventure that made me want to go on one of my own.

In high school, Mer and Celia created their own bucket list. Mer was always the adventurous one, whereas Celia was more guarded and careful. Off they went to start checking off the items on the list.

After high school, Mer went on to live an adventurous life for the world to see. When she died, it came as a shock to everyone, especially
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J.M. Miller
Jun 12, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Senior Year Bucket List
✔ standalone
✔ new adult
✔ second chance
✔ best friend's brother
✔ past and present
Release date - July 29th

Caleb Samuels.
Smug. Irritating. Pain in the …
After high school, I was content with the idea of never seeing him again. But as his sister Merilyn’s best friend, it was bound to happen eventually. I just didn’t expect it to be at her wake, where, following a foolish, naive, and completely ridiculous incident, I’m prepared to return to my perfectly routine life and wash my h
...more
Fierce Heroine
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 ⭐️

It’s always so refreshing to read a new author and not expect much but you actually love the book. And I was a bit doubtful when I saw ratings here on Goodreads but once again the ratings proved to be wrong in my case.


I got this book in a giveaway and the reason why I entered the giveaway was this cover! There’s something so romantic and appealing in kissing in the rain. And when you read about the half of the book you find out that the cover fits perfectly with this book. And that scene i
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Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
I flew through this one trying to find out where it all went wrong with Celia and Caleb. My heart was all over the place as it was sent on an emotional roller coaster. Happiness, anger, sadness...they all flitted through my mind at some point. I am sitting here still, hours later, thinking on it all and these incredible characters.

Honesty time? I wanted to read this one, but just not at this time. My reads lately have gravitated towards apocalyptic and zombies. This was not one of those reads.
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Kate R
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 stars
This was my first book by the author and I was quite impressed. The writing was great, pacing was perfect, and the whole story was creative and fun. It’s a best friend’s brother trope, as well as a second chance romance. Celia’s best friend, Merilyn, passes away, and she runs into Merilyn’s brother, Caleb, at the wake. He reaches out to her a week later that Merilyn wanted them to relive and finish their senior year bucket list. The story is told in both past and present, and so you can
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Katie Prouty
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second chance romance. It’s a mash up! Nicholas Sparks meets Morgan Matson’s Since You’ve Been Gone. Definitely a mix between YA and new adult with the past and present writing and the overall tone of the book. Mer suffered a fatal aneurysm and her last wish was for her younger brother, Caleb, and her high school bestie, Celia, to finish Mer and Celia’s senior year bucket list. Cute and quick read. You’ll swoon over future Caleb but might want to flick his nose during his high school years. 😜 He ...more
Jenny B
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My heart is beyond full after reading this story about Caleb and Celia. Celia's and her best friend Mer came up with their senior year bucket list and made their best attempts to do them. Upon Mer's death Caleb (Mer's little brother) convinces Celia that Mer wants to have the list finished. This is such an adventure of breaking out of your shell and learning to grow personally and the love story that built up in this pulled on my heart strings and left me with feels straight to the bone.

THis bo
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Karen Sedgman
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So happy l got to read Senior Year Bucket List, because I enjoyed every moment of this gorgeous story! Love going on the bucket list journey with Caleb, Celia and Merilyn's ashes, conquering fears and knocking off items that they didn't get too back in senior year! Loved that Caleb & Celia had got a second chance! A sweet love story! Awesome epilogue made me cry, and bonus epilogue made me laugh! A must read! ...more
Books I Flove
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh my, what a story!

It kinda started with a bang. Celia and Caleb‘s story starts in High school actually. Caleb‘s sister Merilyn and Celia were best friends. C & C haven’t seen each other for a while and meet again at Merilyn’s wake.
Her last wish was to redo her Senior year bucket list, and Celia helps Caleb doing so.

It was nice to get back into their HS lives to get to know them. It’s a really sweet but also kinda sad story. Emotions were all over the place 😅

Really liked this story, and can rec
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Megan | A Page to Turn
Caleb and Celia set out on an adventure neither of them expected to happen. This story is one of recovery from grief, living in the moment, accepting life as what it is. It's a beautiful tale of love after a loss, and it's told in a dual POV from past and present times, so you get a full picture of their lives and how life brought them to where they are now. ...more
Karla Rose
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steamy and sweet

Celia and Caleb. I just. Words. I have them. But honestly I don’t want to ruin the story. For those of you who prefer to avoid sex scenes then you may want to skip a few scenes, but even if you do skip those parts this story is brilliant. It may just be one of the sweetest thing you could ever read. Love lost, loved gained, both in relationships and in life. Celia and Caleb’s journey down memory lane at the request of Mer is a heart impacting read. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Shannon
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was provided an advanced copy via the author in exchange for an honest review. My honest review is that I couldn't put this down and I loved it!

This follows Celia and Caleb in the wake of Merilyn's death. Mer was a thrill seeker from an early age and she turned her love of adventure and doing crazy things into a way of life. She had a YouTube channel and a huge following, and it all started with the Senior Year Bucket List she and Celia started their senior year of high school. Celia and Mer
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Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
3.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: This review MAY contain spoilers. I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This was such a heartwarming little story about second chances. What's even better is that is centers upon the Best Friend's Brother trope, which is displayed perfectly in this book.

I liked these characters but I didn't feel overly connected to them. I felt that Celia's character had the most growth and depth by far. This journey
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Mary Dean
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just loved this story! Pulled at my heart strings majorly. I just love a story that turns a tragedy into something beautiful. Merilyn was an adventurous young adult. She dies young leaving behind so many to grieve for her. Two of those major people being her best friend Celia and her younger brother Caleb. In her will (yes she had a will because she lived dangerously always seeking an adventure) she wants her Caleb and Celia to relive the Senior Year Bucket List they had created. Caleb and Cel ...more
Amy M. (Amy Loves Reading Blog)
Amazing doesn’t even cover the description of this book! I LOVE LOVE LOVE finding new authors and this one was recommended by a good friend! This book took senior year to a whole new level. I’m loving the writing style and these characters!!

This story had me crying so much and a lot of it was because I felt like we were all best friends too. Which made me feel their pain, their happiness and so much more! I don’t want to tell about specific people because this whole book had me speechless and em
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Iza
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So far, this author's books have never disappointed. Some I liked, other I enjoyed and a few I loved.

This is the latter.

I thought it would be a rom-com like Spied - with a few feels and swoon-worthy hero. Oh no, I underestimated the power of this book. See, it's heartbreaking. Our heroine, Celia has lost her best friend. Mer was the daring of the duo, the one who took most risks, pulling Celia along with her, having her step out of her shell. That's how their senior year bucket list was born.
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Booksreaderandcoffee
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern, arc
*I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Celia and Caleb are reconnected after the death of her best friend who is also Caleb's sister, who have left them to complete their senior year bucket list.

In the story we see how they recreate some of their high school moments while they created new memories. During that we also learn more about their high school time through flashbacks, which I adored. Both of them work through difficulties and help each other while going through a very emo
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Sairaika
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful read!

Reliving it all might end with a crash worse than the first...
Or maybe not...
Maybe the fall would never end...

Aww, the hero is so loveable and romantic. He loved her right from high school and I loved seeing them rekindle their relationship and love.

So adorably wonderful. I didn't realise how much I needed this book until I cracked it open and started reading it.

Full of loss, pain, regrets, decisions, adventure, second chances and love.

Perfect for readers of contemporary romanc
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Heather W
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this heartwarming story of the Senior Year Bucket List. It is emotional, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. There is humour, adventure, steamy romance, and a second chance for love. The characters are wonderful and the storyline is unique.

This is my first book by this author and I am looking forward to more.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Liz Parks
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so I suck at giving reviews because I never know what to say beyond "loved it; loved the characters"! But I am going to give it a try...

I loved the story... loved the characters! LOL! Seriously! This is one of those books that once you start reading, you won't want to put it down. I read it in a day! I spent a lazy day on the couch just reading away and when I finished the book, I wanted to cry because I felt like my best friends had moved away! This book gives you all the feels! From love,
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Jesssiereads
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
An new adult nest friends brothers second chance romance. Told in past and present.

Caleb is Merilyn younger brother. He broke Celia’s heart in the past.

Celia is Merilyns best friend. She’s reserved and quiet.

When tragedy strikes these two are brought back together. Together they go on this adventure to fulfill a loved ones last wish.

An emotional roller coaster. A complete page turner. Overall an a romance adventure filled with humor all in one. A great read completely

*Received an ARC in exc
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poppy
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng
This is a wonderful read and once I started reading Celia and Caleb's book I could not put it down it is a really good well written book that just sucks you right in, this is a really emotional but fun read I would definitely recommend you get comfy with this one. ...more
Tonya
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun, sweet story. First loves, best friends and second chances. Life is all about second chances right? This sure was a great ending for a bucket list. Cross everything off, find yourself and find true love. Seems pretty perfect to me. A good summer (or anytime) read.
Heather Hatfield (purrrfectbooktalks)
This was a cute story. I loved Caleb and Celia! They were cute together. This was a fun, light read.
Bookish_Sally
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Friends to lovers/ second chance romance. Oooh and that second chance is so sweet. All the what if’s of back then mixed with the challenges of now, turned out to be a pretty good story. And that kiss in the rain, totally makes me want to have my own moment, along with my own bucket list.
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J.M. Miller lives on Florida’s Emerald Coast with her husband and daughter.
When she isn't spending time with her family or being distracted by social media sites, she writes contemporary and fantasy romance novels.
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