Recent Reads: The Kicking the Bucket List

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

A completely different approach to death and grief. If I could sum this book up it would be ‘funny, thought-provoking and heart-warming’, not words you would usually associate with a story concerning death.

The story follows three sisters who are at odds but have to come together to complete their mother’s ‘kicking the bucket’ list in order to receive their inheritance. Although that may sound cold-hearted, the reasoning the three sisters take part in this ‘kicking the bucket list’ goes a lot deeper than just to gain some money. Over the course of one year they must spend a series of weekend’s together completing certain ‘tasks’ and activities as organised by their mother’s executor of the will. Each task is as random as the next but designed to be suited to at least one sister.

However, it’s not as easy as it seems. With so much bad history, and new unknown problems, this cause setbacks and arguments that threaten the mum’s last dying wish to reunite the girls. What starts out as a funny journey with three squabbling sisters trying to get along for the sake of their mum, turns into a heart-felt, emotional journey.

Cathy Hopkins has created such an original storyline, speaking about death in a different way. This story, although on the surface is about death, focuses on many other themes such as life, friendship and relationships. When reading this story I laughed and I cried, and I spent the entire time rooting for the three girls. Each sister is completely different, with their own flaws and unique strengths. With their own individual trials to overcome as well as their sister squabbles, you spend a great deal of time wondering if they can overcome it all and support one another. It’s such a lovely, little light read; perfect for my summer holiday.

Would I Recommend? Yes!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Eleanor

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