Grief is like standing on the edge of the ocean. Some days, the water laps around your feet; you know it’s there, it’s manageable. Other days, from nowhere, it blasts in like a tsunami and knocks you right over”

The Kicking the Bucket List was one of this month’s picks for Beth’s book club, the type of book I ordinarily wouldn’t have gone for but I was really pleasantly surprised and taken aback by it. This book truly got me thinking about the important things in life and how lucky I am for the small everyday blessings I tend to take for granted.

The premise of the book is brilliant, following three estranged sisters who must complete a series of tasks together in order to meet the conditions of their mother’s will and win the right to their share of the inheritance. The relationships between the sisters and the characters of the women themselves are clear straight away and, though delivering a rather touching message, I found there was a lot of humour which created a nice balance against the nostalgic and highly emotional moments.

The key message I took from The Kicking the Bucket List is that you really don’t know what is going on in a person’s life and that kindness and patience can make all the difference in the world. There was so much I found frustrating about the sisters, but also so much to enjoy about them and I absolutely adored their evolving relationships both with themselves and with each other.

I did find myself cringing in places, but only in the way you’d cringe at your mum doing something embarrassing which endeared me to them even more. There were real twists, moments where I wanted to scream into the pages, parts where I wished they would just tell each other the truth, laugh out loud moments, and everything in between. I can’t say I plan to pick this one up again but it was a lovely read and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something easy and uplifting; it earned four stars from me on Goodreads.

Trigger warnings: death of a parent, drug use, addiction, cancer, gaslighting

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