Review of The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Review: This is another of the pile of books I borrowed from my younger sister recently and I have to say wow. Starting this book was falling in love with something a little more after turning each page.

I laughed so many times and was bawling at the end of the book by every sentence. I was really surprised I ended up liking (really loving) this book, because the first two chapters were not my favorite and I was not liking the main character at all. Although by the end of the book I still didn’t love her, but I liked okay enough and loved other characters was more.

Although the sad ending and not loving the main character Maddie all that much, I do have to say that this was a good, funny, and bittersweet summer read. And now I know that I will be looking forward to more books by Carrie Firestone.

Favorite Quote:

“Where’s everybody? I say.

Who knows? Gram say. It’s like herding cats.”



“We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh? asked Piglet. Even longer. Pooh answered.”


“I am a pumpkin. A metal scoop is digging out my insides. Soon there will be nothing left but dangles of slime and rotting flesh.”

Would I? Buy this book for myself? Yes, I’m planning on it soon! Reread this book? Yes please. Tell others to read this book? YES!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Edition: Hardcover, 346 pages.

Young Adult. Romance. Contemporary. Mature Themes. Mature Content. 

Published June 7th 2016 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

SummaryNow in paperback, the funny, “poignant and important”(Kirkus, starred review) novel about first loves, last wishes, and letting go.

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine is primed to spend the perfect summer with her best friends and beloved young-at-heart grandmother. But Maddie’s plans change when Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise to leave the world on her own terms-and give the O’Neill clan a trip of dreams come true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family where she bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, glamorous destinations, and headiness of first love, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say goodbye in a whirlwind summer shaped by loss and love.

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