Thanks to the publisher for sending a free copy of the book.
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Twenty-five-old Lacey Whitman is blindsided when she’s diagnosed with the BCRA1 gene mutation: the “breast cancer” gene. Her high hereditary risk forces a decision: increased surveillance or the more radical step of a preventative double mastectomy. Lacey doesn’t want to lose her breasts. For one, she’s juggling two career paths; her work with the prestigious New York trend forecaster Hoffman House, and her role on the founding team of a sustainable fashion app with friend/mentor, Vivian Chang. Secondly, small-town Lacey’s not so in touch with her sexuality: she doesn’t want to sacrifice her breasts before she’s had the chance to give them their hey-day. To help her make her choice, she (and her friends) creates a “boob bucket list”: everything she wants do with and for her boobs before a possible surgery.
This kicks off a year of sensual exploration and sexual entertainment for the quick-witted Lacey Whitman. Ultimately, this is a story about Lacey’s relationship to her body and her future. Both are things she thought she could control through hard work and sacrifice. Both are things she will change by choosing to have a major surgery that could save her life, and will give her the future she really wants.
It’s official: this book wins the award for the best first line. Ever.
I’m having a bad nipple day.
See what I mean? Not only is it hilarious, it’s completely intriguing. And a fantastic precursor to the rest of the book. All of that said, it’s not all fun and games. Clark tackles a really intense, emotional topic, and I think she’s done a great job of making it relatable and accessible to readers.
I think it’s important to point out that even though this book has plenty of sass and laugh-out-loud funny sections, it’s a pretty heavy topic. I’m also certain it’ll affect readers different based on their personal experiences. I’m someone who approached this book without any personal cancer experience. So please keep that in mind when considering whether or not my review will persuade your reading decision.
I’m already getting pretty wordy, so I’ll try to be as succinct as possible. I loved Lacey. I loved her vulnerability, her fierceness, her insecurities, her kickass sense of humor. And I loved her journey. It felt real and authentic. It wasn’t vamped up to be more appealing to the masses. It wasn’t always pretty, and it was often messy.
And let’s not forget the steam factor. Holy hell, I wasn’t expecting that, but it worked perfectly. It didn’t feel contrived in any way. It flowed with her personality and her journey. And again, it wasn’t always pretty, and it was often complicated. As is life.
Overall, I really think Clark did a fantastic job with this topic and book. I’ll definitely be recommending it to a lot of my fellow readers.
Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Book stats: Hardcover, 352 pages, Atria, August 7, 2018