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The Loose Ends List

by Carrie Firestone

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  • Published in USA  Jun 2016
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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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.

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"Starred Review. 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: all aboard." - Kirkus

"While the often crass dialogue and narration can feel at odds with the overall emotional tone... the novel culminates in an embracing celebration of life." - Publishers Weekly

"With its fresh, original plot and thought-provoking themes, this title will have a high teen appeal." - School Library Journal

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Carrie Firestone

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

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