Book Review: “The Loose Ends List” by Carrie Firestone

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“The Loose Ends List” by Carrie Firestone


It’s a summer for first love, last wishes, and letting go.

Maddie has big plans to spend the last months before college tying up high school “loose ends” alongside her best friends. Then her beloved grandmother drops two bombshells: (1) Gram is dying. (2) She’s taking her entire family on a round-the-world cruise of dreams come true—but at the end, Gram won’t be returning home.

With a promise to live in the now without regrets, Maddie boards the Wishwell determined to make every moment count. She finds new friends in her fellow Wishwellians, takes advantage of the trip’s many luxuries, gets even closer to her quirky family, and falls for painfully gorgeous Enzo. But despite the copious laughter, headiness of first love, and wonder of the glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram, and she struggles to find the strength to let go in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, grief, and laughter.”

Rose-Worthy Features

                While reading this book, one thing that I found interesting was the unique descriptions for the characters. To ginormous breast, vibrant pink hair and skinny looking pirate the descriptions of different characters always caught me by surprise. I’ve read lots of books in my sixteen years of life, and I can say that not all the descriptions of characters aren’t as unique as the ones in this book.

                The romance between Maddie and Enzo was sweet, it’s definitely not my favorite YA romance, but it was nice. They had lots of cute moments, and they definitely had chemistry. I just don’t think I was completely invested in their relationship.

                My favorite thing about this whole book was definitely the plot! Oh my gosh, it was so creative! I never would have thought to read a book about a cruise that people go on to die! As strange as it sounds, Maddie and her family go on a cruise that people go on when someone in their family is dying. It’s a nicer way to spend time with their family. I liked reading about Maddie’s family and their experiences on the cruise. There were lots of funny moments and there were also lots of teary eyed moments, throughout this book.

                I liked reading about Maddie’s family. They were funny and loving, overall just really entertaining to read about. Maddie had lots of cousins, aunts and uncles and I found reading about all of them to be fun.

            I’ll be honest, this book made me cry. Especially with scenes with Maddie and her grandma. This book had a lot of touching moments that I liked reading.  

Thorny Features

            I’m just going to say that I kind of liked the main character Maddie but really, I had mixed feelings towards her. She seemed like an overall nice teenager but she was just to BOY CRAZY! I Like she just broke up with her boyfriend and now she’s immediately looking for a new boyfriend. It was kind of annoying.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 3 out of 5. This book wasn’t bad and there were lots entertaining moments with this book. It was fun to read but it’s definitely not my favorite YA book. The plot was by far my favorite thing in this book. I’ve never read a book like this before so I’m glad a read this book. I loved reading about the nice family relationship and if you enjoy reading books with family then you’ll love reading this book. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.

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