The playful, epic adventure of a 160- pound English Mastiff and the twenty- something girl who grew up alongside her—Marley & Me for a whole new generation. Gizelle’s Bucket List has been translated into seventeen languages  and optioned for film. 

Out now with Simon & Schuster, the memoir chronicles Lauren’s journey through early adulthood with her 160-pound English mastiff, Gizelle. Together, they went through boyfriends, first jobs, her mother’s struggle with addiction, and the ups and downs of becoming an adult in New York City. But when Gizelle got sick and Lauren realized her best friend might not be such a constant after all, she designed an epic bucket list to make the most of the time they had left.
Bursting with charm, this unique, coming-of-age story of a girl making her way through life is a testament to the special way pets inspire us to live better, love better, and appreciate the simple pleasures.Gizelle’s Bucket List is the humorous, poignant lesson our pets teach us: to embrace adventure, love unconditionally, and grow into the people we want to be.
“An inspirational, uplifting experience that will leave you feeling that anything is possible. For anyone who has had a pet; who has loved and lost; who has hoped for the future, this is an enchanting story of an unlikely journey that will stay with you for a long time.”
– Elle


“I laughed and cried. Everyone reading this will be touched by Lauren’s amazing bucket list adventures with her dog Gizelle.”
— James Bowen, bestselling author of A Street Cat Named Bob and The World According to Bob

“Told with humor and compassion, this book will also move you to tears.”
—Larry Levin, New York Times bestselling author of OOGY: The Dog Only a Family Could Love

“A Dog story that doesn’t fail to amaze.”
-Miranda Hart, bestselling author of Peggy and Me

“Watt proves courageous. She reckons with her romantic relationship before Gizelle’s death and begins to make peace with her mother’s long-standing addiction. For anyone who’s ever owned and lost a dog, this account holds familiar strains of sadness, comfort, and hope.”

“As much a story about growing up as about letting go of things that cannot be changed, Watt’s book is also a reminder of the profound healing connection that can exist between humans and the pets they love. A tender, heartfelt story.”

“Anyone who’s ever loved a pet will identify with the humor that fills one’s heart to overflowing and the devastation that breaks it into a million pieces. Watt articulates those emotions with raw authenticity and honesty. She will undoubtedly have readers scribbling their own pets’ bucket lists before they even reach the end of this touching memoir.”

“Gizelle’s Bucket List is an extraordinary book—wonderfully moving, beautifully written, and sure to resonate with anyone lucky enough to have loved an animal who changed her life. This one will earn a permanent spot in your library, and in your heart.”
—Gwen Cooper, the New York Times bestselling author of HOMER’S ODYSSEY: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat

“Gizelle’s Bucket List is a dream (and a dog) well worth reading about.”
—Steve Wolf, author of COMET’S TALE: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

Gizelle’s Bucket List> is funny, sad, wise and uplifting. It made me laugh; it gave me many reflective moments about not putting requirements on people or dogs; and I’m glad I wasn’t reading the ending in a public place.”
—Ted Kerasote, author of MERLE’S DOOR: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog