The Loose Ends List (Hardcover)

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I LOVED this book! Totally weird concept, but so original and I was surprised to laugh out loud and many parts of it! To be honest, I picked it up because I loved the cover...and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was an awesome book as well. Most of the book takes place on a cruise ship where the sole purpose of the trip is for people with terminal illnesses to complete their bucket lists and tie up loose ends. - Madison

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Description


A refreshing, funny, and moving debut novel about first loves, last wishes, and letting go.

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie's closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie's plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret "death with dignity" cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way - and give the O'Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

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

About the Author


Carrie Firestone is a former New York City high school teacher who now lives and writes in Connecticut.

Praise For…


* "Maddie's first-person account is filled with humor and fun, introducing readers to a raunchy, heartwarming, and endearingly dysfunctional family. The story is made all the richer by a cast of quirky supporting characters... Best of all is the achingly romantic love story that unexpectedly blossoms between Maddie and a fellow shipmate and lends the story much-appreciated moments of passion and levity. A poignant and important story about compassion, love, and the decision to live life on your own terms-right up to the very last minute"—Kirkus Reviews

"A bright, promising debut that will resonate."—Booklist,


"A sweet story of a young girl growing and learning about the depths that exist in everyone...Maddie is an accessible and relatable character."
VOYA,


Product Details
ISBN: 9780316382823
ISBN-10: 0316382825
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 7th, 2016
Pages: 352
Language: English