A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS Review and Wine Pairing

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

29359948.jpgTitle: A Map for Wrecked Girls

Author: Jessica Taylor

Pub. Date: August 15, 2017

Publisher: Dial Books

Pages: 368

Preorder: Amazon

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?


Wine Pairing

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.*

My Review


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

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31 thoughts on “A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS Review and Wine Pairing

  1. bookprincessreviews says:

    Ooooh, this was great, Krysti! I loved it, and I SO agreed with everything you said. I do super see your point about the love interests. They were sort of lacking in a quite a few senses. I would have liked a bit more. But you’re even more right about that setting. SO beautiful and haunting. Wonderful review, Krysti! 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Thank you so much! I can’t even tell you how much that means to me! And this book is wonderful. I hope you get to read it soon!


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      I really enjoyed it. I think it’s great for fans of contemporary or adventure novels. It does have a wonderful cover too. I completely agree! 🙂


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Cover love for sure! This book is so strong in my opinion, and it’s definitely because of the sisters and their relationship IMO, so I think you would really like it. 🙂


  2. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    First– let’s talk fruit fusion wine. I drink a ton of wine. And the only wine I really drink which is infused with fruit is Sangria. I don’t mind buying pre-made Sangria, but I prefer to make my own. Particularly in the summer and I want a nice white sangria heavy on the citrus. But I don’t know about this one– Is it sweet? Does it taste more like sangria or like fruit juice? What are those fruits listed on the bottle?! SO MANY QUESTIONS!

    Okay. End Rant. Let’s talk books:

    I really love books which jump back and forth in time. It sounds like Taylor’s novel does this well, which is not always the case. Do you think the two stories could have been written stand-alone and still be effective? Or is this more about the intertwining of these timelines in the end?

    Wow– you had quite a glowing review for a 4-star. Were the love interests so distracting that you had to dock a full star? Or are there other elements which were smaller but affected your rating?


    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Let’s talk wine! LOL. So, to be completely honest with you fruit fusions and sangrias are a little too sweet for me. I like all wine. And I do like these sometimes, but give me a merlot or a pinot noir any day. To me this one is pretty fruity and sweet, so not one I would typically buy. I’m not sure what all of the fruits were. I should have looked more closely at it.

      I love books that jump back and forth in time as well. I do think in this case either story could have stood very well on its own, which is unusual and says a lot about what a great job Taylor did with developing the plot.

      So star ratings. *sighs* I have issues with star ratings in general. They’re so individual to each reader and also based partially on feelings and experiences and not always specific things we can point to. I would like to figure out how to better articulate my feelings around this, because it could make for a great post topic.

      Anyway, the love interests weren’t terrible, so they wouldn’t merit me docking a full star from a book. I just didn’t love them. I probably would have given this one a 4-star even if they were though. Because even though I really enjoyed reading it, I just didn’t have quite that magical 5-star connection to it. So basically I’m contributing to the star rating problem I’m complaining about. LOL. 🙂


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        I am on board with you about wine which is too sweet. I prefer to make my own sangria starting with a good rioja or shiraz so it isn’t too sweet. But in the summer there is certainly a time and place for sweet wines. Or a nice ice wine to sip after a heavy meal… 😉

        I get you with star ratings. Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books recently did a post about this I really enjoyed. In the end, I think that we need star ratings to give readers a quick glance at what we think of the books. That said, I completely get you about “contributing to the problem”. I don’t want to expand my rating system with half stars or to 10 stars, but there is a pretty big gap in my brain between a 4 and 5 star review. Sometimes, I had a 6th star to showcase a new favorite.

        I totally think you should write a discussion post. i bet you’d have a TON of responses!


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        I just might do that. I’m sure there would be a lot of responses, because everyone seems to have their own way of doing it, and it’s really interesting to see. Sometimes I wish the rating system was just “like” or “did not like” sometimes. I feel like it would be a lot more consistent that way at least.


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        You could also do it that way, but I have a feeling you might end up with the equiveliant of star ratings eventually. Because I know I would want Love, Like, Dislike… and then it would become Love, Like, Dislike, DNF… and then other feels would get in there and it would get out of control. I’m just not organized enough to stick to something! XD


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        Hahaha. It’s so true. That’s why I want just two options. Like thumbs up or thumbs down, and that’s it. I think the gray areas come in for me between the four and five star range and also the two to three star range. I never have one star reads. If I don’t like them that much, I’ll DNF them, and I don’t feel comfortable putting a star rating on a book I don’t finish.


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        That’s totally reasonable. I find that for book clubs I will occasionally power through what would have been a DNF. For example, my review of A Series of Unfortunate Events was a one star review. It was too short for me to DNF it. So, I just pushed on and had more details to explain to my book club why I didn’t enjoy it. 😀


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        It’s so funny, because I said that, and now I’m reading a book club book that I would totally DNF if I didn’t have to write discussion questions for it. So I’m totally eating my words. I haven’t read A Series of Unfortunate Events. I don’t know why, but it’s just never appealed to me. Now I feel good about that decision. ☺️


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Hahaha. See!? It’s so hard to write discussion questions for books you dislike too. I end up finding myself writing, “In 10 words or less tell me why you didn’t despise this book.” or “Our MC really sucked. Is there anything redeeming about this character?” I catch myself and redo them all the time. I just guess I’m… emotionally invested.


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        It really is! I’m struggling with these ones. That’s actually one of the projects I’m working on today. LOL. I might just take your question about the MC though. It made me laugh out loud. It’s hard not to be emotionally invested when you spend so much time reading a book.


      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        Right?! I find it soooo much easier to write questions for non-fiction books because of it. While I’m emotionally invested, I still understand what I’m reading is science or history or whatnot, so I have to respect it as truth. With MCs I hate… well, I don’t have to respect them at all. #SorryNotSorry


      • KrystiYAandWine says:

        We’ve never done a non-fiction, but that definitely makes sense. I usually tie in general questions about the genre, themes, or tropes in the book too just to keep the conversation moving. We end up talking about lots of books that way, but we always spend the full 2+ hours chatting about books, so it’s fun. It’s so hard with MCs you don’t like! Even worse if you can’t really find enough you like about the book to talk about.


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