Title: A Map for Wrecked Girls
Author: Jessica Taylor
Publisher: Dial Books
Genre: Contemporary, Adventure
Spoiler Review: coming soon
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.
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.
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?
The blurb on the cover says “Emotionally Eviscerating. Prepare to feel.” which, as you all know, is right up my alley.
So I expected this book to be something like The Sandcastle Empire by Kayla Olson but with sisters and a more modern setting.
So did it live up to my expectations…
Emma is our main character and I did like her. I felt she was very realistic, and seemed like…I don’t know. An average girl you’d find in San Francisco. Which, I guess, was the point.
Henri is her sister and UGH. Like yeah, I kind of get why she acted so mean, but she could compete in the Petty Olympics and win gold. She’s so stereotypically the “Queen Bee” which is most definitely not the type of person I hang out with. And it just made me hate her for the first 2\3rds of the book.
Alex was okay. I mean that’s really all I’ve got. I liked his personality all right, but he was just written so weird.
For example, a big point of Emma’s story is that she isn’t as confident as Henri. So she doesn’t feel as comfortable wearing just a bikini around people. And he somehow feels it is his job to say there’s nothing she should be ashamed about?? I’m sorry, but
A) it’s not your place, especially unprompted by Emma, and
B) THAT’S REALLY CREEPY
All of these character arcs were realistic and well thought-out…but I feel like their reactions to each other were a bit idyllic?
I mean the plot is really straight-forward. There weren’t many twists and turns. But honestly?
It felt like a Hollywood movie in book form. It seemed dramatic and tad bit unrealistic. Like, the effects of living on the island? We didn’t hear about how it affected them until the last 50 pages of the book…when it said they had looked like this for a while.
So why not mention it early? I don’t know but every time I think about it I roll my eyes.
This writing was fairly simplistic. I wasn’t expecting anything special and it provided. It was easy to read through, which I always appreciate.
I was hoping it’d be a bit like The Sandcastle Empire (thought-provoking in a natural sort of way) but it was just normal contemporary writing.
I just felt awkward throughout this whole book, to be honest. I didn’t love any of the characters, I thought a lot of it was dramatized and unrealistic (in terms of characters) and it also let me down in terms of what I was expecting.
What did you think of A Map for Wrecked Girls? I can’t say I particularly enjoyed it, but if you really love contemporaries? This might be a nice familiar-yet-new change of pace for you.
Have a delightfully thoughtful day, Book Ravens ❥