The Loose Ends List

The Loose Ends List

Book - 2017
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Now 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.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
ISBN: 9780316382830
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Fires
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 21 cm


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Thegiver Oct 15, 2019

Maddie isn’t going to spend her summer before going off to college the way she originally planned. Gram is dying & is taking the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise. In her debut novel Carrie Firestone in a very open way brings life & meaning to a sensitive subject while keeping it lite and entertaining.

ArapahoeKati Feb 05, 2018

Laughed, cried. Thought the world is beautiful. Life is short but love is long. It was all I needed in a YA novel!


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Apr 13, 2017

“People tried to force me to feel better. But the only things that worked were time and distraction. Distract yourself. Stay busy. Count marshmallows, study frogs, whatever it takes. Time heals all wounds. It just does.”

Apr 13, 2017

“The pain of losing doesn't get less with each person I lose. But I have the wisdom of knowing the pain isn't forever. That fades. The memories stay. And the love isn't going anywhere.”

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