Tessa McMillan


Excellent, Young Adult, Regina Sirois, High School, Coming Of Age, Friendship, Death, Teens, Mourning, Bucket List

Document Type

Book Review


High school junior Megan Riddick thrives while acting on the stage, but shuns the attention of the real world. Her dislike for reality started when Bryon Exby gave his life to save her when she was just two years old. All Megan and her family want to do is bury this secret and move on. But life is blown apart when Charlotte, Bryon’s daughter, moves into town. Charlotte stalks Megan until the two finally meet. Noting that Megan is not a threat, Charlotte admits that Bryon left an unfinished bucket list and she needs help completing it. Megan agrees and she reluctantly enlists her nosy best friend Phillip. As the three work together, a relationship blooms between Charlotte and Phillip while Megan and Phillip’s closeness fades. Nearing the end of the list, the three decide to add their own items to prolong the spirit of Bryon’s life and test their own courage. During this process, Megan finds a loving confidant in Braden, a boy who encourages Megan to find healing and forgiveness for Bryon’s death.