Book Review: The Kicking The Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins

kicking the bucket list

Harper, 9th March 2017

Iris Parker has passed away. She’s left the large amount of money from the sale of her house to her three daughters; Rose, who is tight lipped, controlled and closed down, Dee (Daisy) who is sensitive and has a big heart and the youngest sister, Fleur who is the free spirit.

The catch of the inheritance is their mother’s kicking the bucket list. The girls have to get together every other month and take part in various tasks set out by their mother. These are six weekends where Iris wants her girls to bond.

The three sisters have been estranged for years. Neither of them understand the other and not one of them is happy about having to get together. Dee needs the money as the home she has rented for years is about to be sold, Rose is distant as she has her own tragedy to face and Fleur is more lonely than she is letting on.

Can they make it through the year and get to know one another again like their mother wants them to?

This book resonated with me on such a level that it was sometimes hard to read and I imagine it would be the same for anyone who has lost a parent. That was through no fault of the book that I found some passages difficult. I didn’t want to stop reading. I just spend most of it trying not to cry.

Each woman is fighting her own battle but none want to communicate it to the other two. There are moments where you want to bang their heads together.

There are some funny moments on one page and then I was crying the next. Seriously, this book is a rollercoaster of emotions.

The idea of the Kicking The Bucket List is endearing and you can see that Iris cares deeply for her daughters and that it bothered her a lot that her three girls did not make time for one another. She also has a great sense of humour. She reminded me a little of my Nan actually. The same warmth.

This is a great look into the complicated but important relationships between siblings; in particular that of sisters.

The Kicking The Bucket List is a book of journeys and discoveries – both for the characters individually and collectively.

This was a fantastic book and if you’re looking for a book that’s a little different, then this is the book for you.


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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