Read This!: THE BFF BUCKET LIST by Dee Romito

The BFF Bucket ListThe BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito

Summary: Ella and Skyler have been best friends since kindergarten—so close that people smoosh their names together like they’re the same person: EllaandSkyler. SkylerandElla.
But Ella notices the little ways she and Skyler have been slowly drifting apart. And she’s determined to fix things with a fun project she’s sure will bring them closer together—The BFF Bucket List. Skyler is totally on board.  The girls must complete each task on the list together: things like facing their fears, hosting a fancy dinner party, and the biggest of them all—speaking actual words to their respective crushes before the end of summer. But as new friends, epic opportunities, and super-cute boys enter the picture, the challenges on the list aren’t the only ones they face.
And with each girl hiding a big secret that could threaten their entire friendship, will the list–and their BFF status–go bust?

Ella and Skyler are best friends. Even though they both know that Ella is the one who doesn’t like change, both girls have their worries about moving into high school next year – and how it will affect their friendship. Frightened of what Skyler’s new enthusiasm for hanging out with other friends might mean, Ella proposes the ultimate list – a series of challenges for them to take on together over the summer. Skyler’s in, and a series of adventures ensues, from a best friend photo shoot to temporary tattoos to shopping cart races in their pajamas. But when Ella makes some new friends of her own, and both girls keep secrets for fear of hurting the other’s feelings, their friendship flounders. We see the story through alternating narration from both girls, and their personalities leap off the page. Both are likeable and their struggles are layered and believable. In the end, they must learn to trust the power of their friendship amidst their changing worlds.


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