The Bucket List

Emily Bestler: Atria. Aug. 2018. 352p. ISBN 9781501173028. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501173042. F
At 25, sexy, single Lacey Whitman is on the fast track in New York City, juggling careers as a fashion trend forecaster and cofounder of a start-up clothing app. She's shocked to discover at a routine checkup that she has the gene for breast cancer, leaving her two choices: either have a double mastectomy or live screening to screening until something is potentially found. Fueled by wine and pizza, Lacey and her friends make up a Boob Bucket List, eight sexcentric things she wants to do with her boobs before their possible removal. Clark (The Regulars) comes back in full force with this laugh-out-loud, crude, graphic sexual awakening story, defining, on one level, the role breasts play in women's lives. From botched role play with an ex-boyfriend to public sex in a dungeon and a threesome in which the other participants are more interested in capturing it on social media, Lacey is brought to her knees as she learns to lean in, let go, and accept her fate.
VERDICT Wonderfully eye-opening, clearly well researched, and handled delicately, this is sure to make summer a little hotter.
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