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The BFF Bucket List: 07/07/19

The BFF Bucket List

The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito is a story about a pair of teenage girls who are about to enter high school and are suddenly feeling like their friendship might not survive the transition. As a bonding exercise, they make a bucket list of things to do together over the summer. Things don't go as planned.

Stories like this are hinged on the idea that childhood friendships are the most important thing about growing up. This one takes it a step further by giving the girls idiotic things to do together. Not what you'd consider usual things: like going through a list of their favorite things together one last time or even a list of things they've been meaning to do but haven't yet.

Instead, they do things like riding around in a shopping cart in their PJs. Their bucket list items are dangerous, potentially destructive, and disruptive to everyone around them.

And then there's the BIG ticket item on the list — talking to one's crush. Really? If the person in question (in this case, a boy for each girl) is that scary, he's not worth crushing on. And there's the whole mythology that girls who are friends do nothing but talk about boys with each other.

In all my years of friendship with my BFFs, boys really didn't come into the conversation until much later. A typical boy conversation with my friends would go like this:

Me: Hey, this is ___________, my boyfriend.
Boyfriend: Nice to meet you.
Friends: Hey

Or:

Friend: So and so and I are dating, is it okay if he tags along?
Me: OK.
Other Friend: Whatever.

Two stars

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