High school seniors Cady LaBrie and Cooper Murphy have yet to set one toe out of line they've never stayed out all night or snuck into a movie, never gotten drunk or gone skinny-dipping. But they have each other, forty-eight hours before graduation, and a Weekend Bucket List. There's a lot riding on this one weekend, especially since Cady and Cooper have yet to admit, much less resolve, their confounding feelings for one another feelings that prove even more difficult to discern when genial high school dropout Eli Stanley joins their epic adventure. But as the trio ticks through their bucket list, the questions they face shift toward something new: Must friendship play second fiddle to romance? Or can it be the ultimate prize?
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Friendship Over Romance
Although TWBL starts as a simple buddy adventure, it quickly morphs into a coming-of-age journey including budding sexuality and the fine line between friendship and romance. Cooper and Cady head off for a weekend of firsts and homeless Eli quickly joins the fold. As they continue crossing off the items on their bucket list, the developing relationships between the three characters really begin taking center stage. Cady was by far my least favorite character, with her mood swings and bossy attitude. I was pleased by the end, however, that her character arc showed growth. Cooper's understanding of his own sexuality was well-written, and I was genuinely invested in his well-being throughout the novel, wanting him to accept himself. Eli was by far my favorite character. His backstory was thoroughly fleshed out, and I felt so much compassion not only for his situation but for the empathy he showed his new friends.
In all, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries where friendship--not romance--drives the narrative.