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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Seventeen-year-old Maddie O'Neill Levine's grandmother is a young-at-heart socialite who has always been Maddie's go-to confidante. Although Maddie and the rest of her family have learned to expect the unexpected from their matriarch, Gram still manages to shock them all when she announces that she has booked the O'Neill clan on a secret death-with-dignity ship called the Wishwell; Gram has terminal cancer and is determined to leave the world in her own way--and give her family an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.
Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her wacky family. Aboard the ship, Maddie bonds with other Wishwellians and falls for Enzo, the son of the ship's owner, as they travel the globe. But despite the copious laugher, 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 the power of forgiveness.
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“It’s my biggest nightmare – a dinner party where people introduce themselves by telling you how they’re dying.”
This was a YA contemporary story, about a girl whose grandmother was dying.
I felt quite sorry for Maddie in this book as having to spend the entire summer watching her grandmother die couldn’t have been easy. I also thought that the added grief of getting to know other people on the ship, only for them to die too was a bit harsh.
The storyline in this was about Maddie’s family going on a cruise for the summer, on a special cruise ship when dying people could die with dignity. It was a bit sad how people on the ship kept dying though, and I felt like this might have made things worse for Maddie because she kept losing people, even though she had only recently met them.
We also got a bit of a romance forming between Maddie and another boy on the boat (who thankfully wasn’t dying) although because they lived so far apart there wasn’t really a clear-cut happily ever after for this pair.
The ending to this was quite sad and emotional, and it did make me cry a bit.
7 out of 10