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Keep the Ends Loose

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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 embarki ...more
Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Story Plant, The (first published February 24th 2015)
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Keep The Ends Loose by ...... Molly D. Campbell

Thanks to NetGalley for this copy to read and review.

I loved this story and have no hesitation in recommending it, though it pains me to say that I did have a few issues which (for me) made the story at times appear a bit more ridiculous than I believe was intended, and which unnecessarily slowed it down.

I wasn't convinced that this was being told from the pov of a fifteen year old girl...because sometimes she seemed way older than her years, and at
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
I just want to get across, THIS MC IS NOT 15. 8 MAYBE BUT NOT 15. I AM 15 AND I HAVE MORE MATURITY IN MY LITTLE TOENAIL. *breathes heavily*

Main problem was that Miranda sounded about 12 NOT 15. I also don't think that adding swearing matures a character either.

Some people will most likely find this a sweet read, but I just couldn't connect with it.

Sharon Mariampillai
This was an alright read. I also thought it was short, which was good for me because I thought the story was okay. It did not really engage my thoughts or made me say wow. There were times where I got bored as well. The characters were good. I did not love them, or dislike them. However, I did not feel a real connection to them. I will see what else this author has in store. I hope to read the other books soon. Overall, an okay read.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2015, dnf
I received a copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

So I’m trying this new thing where I stop reading books when I don’t like them. Hence, DNF at 28%.

While I appreciate the hard work that goes into writing and getting a novel published, I just could not. Basically, there was just way too much repetition and description. Add in my complete disbelief at some of the things that happened and how annoying I found 99.9% of the characters and it just got to be too much for me.

The main char
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, arc
"Miranda Heath is a quirky fifteen year old..."
I'm sorry, but are you serious? When I was fifteen, I wrote way better than this. The narrator sounded more like an eight year old to me. For me, that was the biggest problem because I really have to connect with the narrator to be able to go through the whole book. So I pushed on with reading but halfway I just gave up.
Another problem I had was that I thought this was all about her Aunt Iris. But then it became all about her mother, Winnie, and th
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Reviewed via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Trust me this is honest.

You shouldn't want to crawl under a rock when you read a book. You shouldn't spend the entire narrative hoping and praying that any minute you will find out that the protagonist is autistic or possibly has Downs Syndrome since that might explain why a fifteen year old has the mind of an eight year old.

I'm honestly concerned that this is even being published because I think the author is going to be completely destro
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
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This is a cute and quirky story of Miranda aka Mandy and her "normal" family and the summer she found out it was anything but.

I really loved the whole idea of this book. I love stories focusing on families and their relationships. Mandy is a little weird and I completely relate to that. She has loving parents. A typical older brother. A wonderful Aunt who lives close by whom she has a close relationship with. She has a super beaut
Tina Price
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a clever piece of writing. Mandy, the young narrator, has a gift for description and a funny, quirky turn of phrase which keeps this story fresh and entertaining.

The mistakes of the past come back to haunt the adults in the story and some rash decisions place the central relationship in jeopardy. All of the main characters act to express their feelings and to try to resolve the deception that has remained hidden for so long while an extensive road trip draws the strands together to a sa
Felicity Terry
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Good story telling with well rounded characters. Whilst I fear some readers will argue Keep The Ends Loose is naively written I personally thought the author did a first class job in capturing the angst so common to teenagers, of getting into the mind-set of the the main character, the somewhat naive if wonderfully quirky fifteen year old Miranda (aka Mandy).

A tale of self discovery, a story of what happens when life has some surprises in store. Though a novel for young adults with its warmth an
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a nice novel for an author's first book. Fifteen year old Mandy tells the story of how, in the summer before her sophomore year of high school, her mom reveals family secrets that nearly destroy the family. Together with her best friend, Mandy tries to plan a way to fix her family's troubles. In a coming of age way, she learns that you can't plan everything, no one is perfect and sometimes life just has to work itself out but it does work better with love. I received this book free to re ...more
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun and thoroughly entertaining coming-of-age/family story that often had me laughing out loud. The writing is crisp and fast paced, and the characters are delightfully quirky and believable. I especially enjoyed the unique views on life revealed through each character's eyes, and how the author intertwined themes of family dynamics, friendships, and forgiveness.
Audrey Van petegem
Fun read!

This cleverly written book is written from the 15 year old girls perspective. I won't tell you what it is about but let's just say it caught my attention and kept me wanting to know how it ends. And you won't be disappointed with the ending!
Vicki Lesage
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At times funny, other times heartbreaking, this story is always realistic. Having been considered a precocious 15-year-old myself (back in the day!), I could totally relate to the narrator and her authentic voice. A great story told in a captivating way. You won't be able to put it down!
The pretty cover and the blurb give you an idea of a lovely and sentimental coming of age story about a girl helping her aunt. Who can resist a story like that? Not me. I had to check it out.

Keeping the Ends Loose is the story of Mandy, a 15-year-old girl in junior high, a bookworm who would prefer life in another era; a girl with big dreams of leaving her town and moving to New York or Toronto to have a career. She is also a girl who fears sex and has no interest and time for sexting, nude self
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, ebook
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It was a quick read, but honestly, I kept reading partly because the ridiculous and far-fetched plot sucked me in and partially because I just wanted it to be over. There were times when I found myself gritting my teeth because of the rather annoying diction and narration. You sort of became lulled into it the more you read, but it really was awful.

The novel follows 15-year-old Miranda (Mandy), who thinks she has a rather boring life and family, until h
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature young adult readers, adults
Recommended to Susan by: Received from NetGalley
Keep the Ends Loose is a simply wonderful book about family drama told from perspective of a fifteen year old girl. The narrator, Miranda, known as Mandy, appears to be having the typical "boring" summer, hanging out with her BFF, annoying and being annoyed by, her older brother, and worrying about leaving junior high behind and starting high school. Suddenly what seems to be a relatively ordinary family living in the middle of Ohio is thrown into turmoil when a secret that Winnie, Mandy's mothe ...more
Beth Cutwright
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Oh the mistakes we make when we are young and learn from the repercussions.. Hopefully, they are not mistakes that will at some point rear their ugly heads and destroy the lives we have been fortunate to live.

That is the long and short of this humorous novel, Keep the Ends Loose, as told by fifteen year old Miranda Heath. Nicknamed Mandy, we learn that she enjoyed being a teenager and was in no hurry to grow up. Her fifteenth summer had other ideas in mind for her young life and those of her bro
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Fifteen year old Miranda (Mandy) Heath is living a regular normal life. She has a lovely father, a control-freak of mother and an annoying older brother,Adam, as she, the fifteen year old perceives it. Their lives are absolutely regular, run of the mill, small town lives until her mother decides to change things up a bit.

Mandy's mother, Winnie, decides to hunt out her sister's estranged husband. Mandy's aunt, Iris, had been married to Fletcher and had apparently never got divorced. Now, Iris wa
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Not finishing a book for me is a BIG DEAL. I always try to at least finish it, because I feel like I owe it to both the book and myself for the time invested. I stopped this novel at 15% in, with no desire to pick it back up again.

KEEP THE ENDS LOOSE by Molly D. Campbell came forth with a wonderful synopsis that reeled me in almost automatically. After getting 15% of the way in, I felt overwhelmed and completely bombed with descriptions about every single little detail of the main characters li
Feb 26, 2015 rated it liked it
My first book by Molly D. Campbell and it was a light comedic story with crazy, quirky characters. I enjoyed the fact the Heath family was from a small town north of Columbus OH. I felt it could have been my hometown, Mansfield. The story is only about 200 pages and told by Miranda "Mandy" Heath. Mr. Roy Heath is the owner of the local pharmacy,mom Winnie is a homemaker, brother Adam Heath is about to embark on his adult life, Aunt Iris seems like the tragic character and Mandy's best friend Bar ...more
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it
I received a free copy through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

I quite liked this book, most of it was what I expected. Unfortunately, I missed the 'meeting strangers' as described - yes, on the road trips some strangers were shortly mentioned, but they vanished as quickly as they came. The moviescript-like overviews did not add anything to the story imo, they were merely annoying, as was the mother. Seriously, the book told she was mature, but I've hardly ever seen a more immature adul
Ally Karat
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Jan 09, 2015 marked it as unfinished
Shelves: books-i-received
DNF: 31%

I could have marked this book DNF at 12%, but I wanted to give it a chance to pick up. I tried, but alas... it didn't happen.

I just couldn't get into the story. I was a bit bored and kept thinking about all the other books I could be reading (certainly not a good sign!). I think this has to do with the fact that the main character (who also narrates the book) seems much younger than her 15 years. It threw the entire story off for me. I couldn't connect to the characters and I didn't care
Feb 05, 2015 rated it liked it
What is most notable about this funny, memorable first novel from is the unmistakability with which the author captures the voice of an angsty teenage girl (Miranda/Mandy) caught in the middle of family drama. Partly wanting to help be a peacemaker, and partly wanting to run away from the awkward results of spilled secrets, the author captures the moments of adolescence in Mandy and makes them real. Aside from the unique perspective, the author kept the story flowing with both emotion and action ...more
Jenea Lyles
Feb 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jenea by: Net Galley
I recieved an Advanced Reader's Copy of this book through
I had really high hopes for this book.

When reading the description, I thought this would be a great coming-of-age young adult novel. But the writing was terrible. The author writes purely in simple sentences throughout the entire book, as if teenagers are not able to comprehend compound/complex sentences. The narrator, who is supposedly 15, speaks like an 8 year old. The world building was not thorough, neither was the char
Dana Leipold
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Told from the point of view of a 15 year old girl, Keep the Ends Loose, is a witty, charming, and engaging story of a family secret that blows up only to bring its players back together in the end. The narrator, Mandy Heath, is endearing as she becomes engulfed in her mother and brother's drama and discovers that her parents were once young and made mistakes. I love how the author depicts Mandy swinging back and forth between a very wise young woman to a silly teenager who is afraid of boys and ...more
Marin Thomas
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
KEEP THE ENDS LOOSE by Molly Campbell is a fast-paced laugh-out-loud fun read that celebrates the themes of family, forgiveness and friendships! A family secret is revealed, which sets into motion a chain of events that creates chaos in the Heath family.

I love quirky characters and Campbell comes through with several in this unique and entertaining story. Fifteen-year-old Mandy stole my heart with her sarcastic wit and love/hate relationship with her brother. The scenes with Mandy and her brothe
Bernardo Géo
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
Well... i'm so disappointed. This was my first arc ever so i was really excited about this but my expectations were not achieved, i felt like the main character Miranda was SO freaking annoying! Something i liked about this book was the fact that we had some mentions about google, selfies, "nude selfies" which was nice! My main issue was that i felt like it had no story, a sort of "lack of storyline". But anyway, i'm really grateful for receiving an arc for this!
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
I am not sure that I should even rate this book as I struggle through about 2/3 of it and gave up. I seldom stop reading mid book but felt this one was a waste a time. It seemed scrambled to me with the main character is supposed to be 15 and come across as much younger and the book just didn't have a good flow to it.
I shall pass this on to a young friend and see what she has to say about it.
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