A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor is a captivating tale of two sisters’ fight for survival and the mistakes, which lead them to the deadly situation they find themselves in. This story is filled with heartbreak and hope and is utterly addictive.
About the Book
Title: A Map for Wrecked Girls
Author: Jessica Taylor
Pub. Date: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Dial Books
A Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection!
We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We’d been so sure someone would find us by now.
Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked them.
I’d trusted Henri more than I’d trusted myself. Wherever she told me to go, I’d follow.
Then the unthinkable occurs—a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up on shore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.
For the first time, I was afraid we’d die on this shore.
To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
I paired A Map for Wrecked Girls with this Echo Falls Tropical Fruits White Wine. Not only does this tropical wine remind me of the vacation Emma and Henri were supposed to be on before the problems of their past caused things to go terribly awry, but the sweet flavor definitely calls to mind some of the unexpectedly sweet moments in this story.
*All wine recommendations are for those of legal drinking age only.*
A Map for Wrecked Girls was the perfect balance of YA contemporary and adventure. I absolutely loved how Jessica Taylor switched up the timeline in this book, alternating between the present situation Emma and Henri find themselves in and their past mistakes, which ultimately lead to them finding themselves in such a dangerous and deadly situation. I feel like both the story of their past and the story of their present would have stood very well on its own, but in combination with one another, the result is one phenomenal novel.
I adored both Emma and Henri’s characters. They were flawed and not always likable; however, Taylor does a great job at showing the motivation behind their actions. They were ultimately both very relatable, and I was certainly rooting for each of them throughout the story.
The setting of the island that girls find themselves stranded on is very well-done. It’s beautiful and terrifying all at the same time, and it certainly doesn’t make survival easy for the characters, throwing obstacle after obstacle at them.
Watching them work through the various conflicts that arise from being on the island while simultaneously watching the events that unfolded over the preceding months had me absolutely captivated. It was so hard to put this book down between chapters, but I had to know either what happened in the past or what was happening in their present.
While there were some great romantic moments in this story that I really enjoyed, I did find the love interests themselves to be a little lacking. While the girls were admittedly flawed characters as I mentioned, they were developed enough as to still be characters I wanted to see succeed. I wanted to see a bit more from the guys in this story to really get me rooting for them as well.
This really was a fantastic read. I truly enjoyed it so much and highly recommend reading this one before the summer comes to its quickly-approaching end, because it is absolutely a perfect read for the season.
About the Author
From Jessica Taylor’s Website
Jessica Taylor adores atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. She lives in Northern California, not far from San Francisco, with a law degree she isn’t using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.
Represented by Melissa Sarver White at Folio Literary Management.
Follow me on Twitter at @JessicaTaylorYA and check out my website at www.jessicataylorwrites.com
Have you added A Map for Wrecked Girls to your TBR yet? If you found yourself stranded on a desert island, what book would you want to have with you?