Author: Carrie Firestone
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
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.
Mood Board for The Loose Ends List
The Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone is set on a cruise ship called Wishwell. While I've never been on a cruise, I've seen enough pictures to know that many of them are full of so many amenities - pools, hot tubs, saunas, spas - basically anything any everything from the relaxing to the exhilarating to keep guests happy. All of that is true for the Wishwell, but there's so much more to this luxury liner.
As I was reading The Loose Ends List, I quickly realized that this is no ordinary summer cruise. The passengers are the dying and their families, so there are a few different events, especially for the sick patients. Yes, this cruise ship has a pool and other things to keep passengers happy, but there are also special places for the sick passengers. There are places where they can go to talk about what's happening to them, and there are places where they can go for treatment.
Below, I've created a mood board that captures some of the moments that readers will encounter as they are reading Carrie Firestone's debut novel. I hope it gets you excited for your summer trip on the Wishwell!
THREE WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A COPY OF THE LOOSE ENDS LIST BY CARRIE FIRESTONE