Book Review: The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone

Hello everyone! I was really hoping for this book to be a deeply personal, heart wrenching read… it just wasn’t that! It was actually the complete opposite, it was almost hilarious at times how ridiculous this family was. I needed to review this here because I honestly just couldn’t believe the ridiculous concept this book had. Let’s just get right into it because we have A LOT to discuss.

Title: The Loose Ends List

Author: Carrie Firestone

Pages: 346

Format: ebook

Genre: young adult, contemporary

Publication Date: June 7, 2016


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.

  • The potential- Honestly, the only reason why I liked this book was the amount of potential it brought. I was seriously really interested in this when I found out what it was about. It’s a controversial topic for sure, and I’ve never seen it in a YA book, so definitely most of the star rating went to the originality for this one.
  • Funny at times– While it definitely had it’s not so funny moments during serious times, there were times where I may have chuckled. At times it was overkill, but there were some good moments in there.
  • Scenery– I thought traveling around the world on this ship was great because we really got to see a bunch of different parts of the world. I thought everything was descripted pretty well, and it definitely wasn’t hard to get the imagery of where we were.
  • The relationship- This relationship overall was a complete joke. Enzo was attractive, but that was about all that was going for him. I mean come on, these people weren’t in love! Basically the first half of us knowing him, all he wanted was sex from Maddie, and then once he got it they’re now just in love. Ugh, I think one of the worst couples I’ve ever read was in this book.
  • Family was over the top- This family was so weird. The way the grandmother acted towards her kids/grandkids, the fact that they just had loads of money, everything was just so fake. The whole time I couldn’t connect to the family because I honestly just thought they were all so fake.
  • Maddie- Our MC, and probably one of the worst MC’s I’ve ever read a point of view from… ever. She was a brat, she was entitled, spoiled, rude, basically an embarrassment of a MC.
  • Ending was empty- Thank god the ending didn’t end the way it was heading, but it was just so underwhelming. I felt like a read a whole book and got nothing out of it from that poor ending.
  • No character growth- All of these family members had serious… serious issues. Sadly, none of them moved passed them. None of them learned anything, they just basically all stayed the same. Maddie was still… Maddie lol. Her cousin was still a brat.. the ONLY person I saw actually gain a slight, slight bit of growth was Maddie’s older brother Jeb. Out of like 10 characters. Kind of pathetic guys.

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