Title: The Weekend Bucket List
Author: Mia Kerick
Release Date: April 19th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT
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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“Look, Cooper, they have a morning movie for senior citizens.”
“Driving Miss Daisy... jeez, Cady.”
“I hear it’s a classic.”
“We’re gonna stand out like sore thumbs in there.” He does his trademark elbow point in the direction of the theater.
I grab two bright yellow raincoats off the floor of the back seat. “Not if we wear these. We can pull the hoods up to cover our not-gray-yet hair.”
“Cady, it isn’t raining out.”
“A minor detail.” I push Dad’s yellow raincoat through the open window into Cooper’s hands. “Put it on. I’ll wear Mom’s. Old folks love to dress as twins—have you ever noticed that? And don’t you dare roll your eyes at me.” I’m the eye-roller in this relationship.
We get out of the car and walk across the empty parking lot toward the Ellis Big Eight eater. The top halves of our bodies are camouflaged by my parents’ lemon-colored rain gear.
“This isn’t gonna work, Cady. We can’t sneak in anywhere looking like life-sized yield signs.”
“Well, I’m up for the challenge, so bend over a little, like your poor elderly back hurts. I’ll limp.” I continue to walk, dragging my right foot with each step. “Face it, Coop, everybody except us at school has either snuck into a movie or shoplifted. And we agreed that sneaking into a movie seems more ethical.”
The yellow hood nods once and then bows down slightly. “I guess we may as well go to the exit at the side of the building and try to get in.”
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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—a daughter in law school, another in dance school, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press and Harmony Ink Press for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, among other awards.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
Contact Mia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit her website for updates on what is going on in Mia’s world, rants, music, parties, and pictures, and maybe even a little bit of inspiration.
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