Author: Erin Downings
Sometimes, a few dares can change lives…
The weekend before the start of senior year, Sophie Erickson and her best friends, Ella and Grace, discover a handwritten list of dares tucked away in the glove compartment of Sophie’s beat-up old Toyota. But this isn’t just any list; it’s a dead girl's bucket list.
Sophie's beloved aunt Suzy died as a teenager in a fatal fall, leaving Sophie with an overly cautious family, a few fading photographs, and a bucket of bolts that barely passes for a car. But now, Sophie has Suzy’s list of the things she wanted to do in her last year of high school. Sophie can't help but wonder: What would happen if she tried to fulfill Suzy’s last wishes, to live out the longed-for life of her aunt, her hero?
As Sophie and her friends attempt to knock off the things on Suzy's list of dares, love blossoms in unexpected places and Sophie begins to feel that her life is finally coming together...when in fact, everything is slowly unraveling around her. When the truth about a long-held family secret threatens to shatter everything she believed to be true, Sophie is forced to question everything she knew about the life and people she believed in, and ultimately herself.
At the start her and her first are committed to the list but then life,secrets and typical high school drama gets in the way.Sophie begins to feel happy with herself and the changes she has made but she starts to get curious about her Aunt and finds out something shocking that confuses her a bit.Then there's Johnny Rush who confuses but excits her as well. Johnny Rush is Sophie’s uber popular neighbor, and longtime crush, who's about to head off to college but becomes a key in helping Sophie begin to find the confidence to complete some of the list.
The story felt a bit like fluff at first but it got deeper and took a slight twist toward the middle.Sophie and Johnny's relatoinship felt real and not very cliche like some ya books. I liked how even the minor characters like Andy and Trevor even have their parts are are intriguing.The story was good but i wish we would have found out more about Graces and Ian relationship though though.
The cover is nice but to me doesn't go with the story. I wish it would have had some thing to do with the Lawn mower or something else other then a couple kissing.The book was enjoyable and anyone in highschool i think could relate to the story.3/5