Miranda Heath is a quirky fifteen-year-old with cinematic dreams and a safe, predictable family. That is until she decides to pull at the loose end that is the estranged husband her aunt never divorced. What seemed like the best way to allow her aunt to get on with her life sets off a series of events that threaten to turn Mandy’s world upside down. Suddenly, she’s embarking on adventurous road trips, becoming the centre of an increasingly unstable household, meeting surprising strangers, and seeing everyone she knows in new ways. Sometimes loose ends just want to stay loose. But what happens if they want to unravel completely? Warm, funny, and uniquely perceptive, Keep the Ends Loose is an irresistible novel filled with characters you might recognize — and will not forget.
Mandy is the main character and narrator. Some may think that it is naively written but I felt it was refreshing to read a book through the eyes of a 15 year old. The book is however aimed at a YA genre so it’s perfect for the target audience.
The young characters in the book are all very clearly in a hurry to grow up and rush into adulthood but the stories of the adults in the book gives them an appetizer of real life and of how it could and can be.
The mistakes come back to haunt them and the book takes you on a trip of self discovery. It is written with warmth and a wit that I feel can translate through to English readers, despite being predominantly American slang and language.
Keeping The Ends Loose is definitely not a favourite of mine and I kept having to come back to it long after starting it. It is well written with plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested but I think this book is better suited for the young adult and teenage audience that it was written for.