The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

the loose ends list2TJ Burns — June 24, 2016


The Loose Ends List is utterly brilliant! The writing is so descriptive, metaphoric, and beautiful. The premise is original, creative, and so off-the-wall unexpected.

This story jolted me from one feeling to the next so quickly — like an emotional roller coaster. It actually brought tears to my eyes one moment, and then seconds later, I was laughing out loud! Brilliant!

The characters are amazing! So eclectic, interesting, entertaining, diverse.the loose ends list3

Maddie’s thought process is entertaining to follow and her clever comments never ceased to impress me! Maddie’s family is an eclectic mix (“of misfits”) and their family dynamics are hilarious to watch. Along with Maddie and the eccentric Gram, who wants to pass from this life on her own terms, the other characters are equally colorful, right down to Maddie’s description and nicknames for them.

I really felt like I got to know the characters during the course of the story – I got to know and love this interesting, quirky group.

The Loose Ends List is a refreshingly unusual, creative, and wonderful story! It made me cry (tears of sadness and tears of joy) and it made me laugh (constantly)!

The Loose Ends List would make an excellent film!

I can just picture the five of them, Gram, Aunt Rose, Wes, Mom, and Maddie walking in slow motion, arm in arm, wearing their thong bikinis through the streets of Rio swaying gently to the samba music playing in the background… Classic!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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

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