Someone Else’s Bucket List: Discussion Guide

  • Do you think the fact that Bree and Jodie are sisters is important to this narrative? Would this book have been the same or different if they were just close friends?
  • Dealing with grief plays a huge role in this novel. What do you think the author is trying to communicate to the reader about healing and moving forward?
  • Jodie refers to herself as a “coward” several times throughout the book even though the reader witnesses her step outside of her comfort zone over and over for her deceased loved one. Do you think Jodie is truly a coward? What does being a “coward” mean?
  • The idea of a “bucket list” is a common occurrence in today’s day and age, but Bree wanted Jodie to preform the acts for her millions of followers and for her debt to be paid. Do you think Jodie would have attempted to complete the list if there wasn’t so much riding on her success?
  • The bucket list helped Jodi process the grief of losing her sister, Bree. How do you work through your emotions? Do you think a bucket list would help you? Why or why not?
  • If you were to make a walk-on cameo in any Broadway play, what would it be and why?
  • The process, and stages, of grief play out differently for everyone as seen by multiple characters in Someone Else’s Bucket List what are some ways grief manifests? How does it impact the healing process?
  • Through Bree’s followers we’re shown an example of grieving a stranger or participating in mass grief for someone you don’t know—do you think it’s easy to get swept up in this swell of emotion or do you think grief for a stranger can be genuine?
  • Do you have a bucket list?