Notes: ARC received via Amazon Vine program.
Young Adult, Romance, Survival, Family
Audio/Digital/Print (368 pages, DIAL)
Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them.Author Site: website
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 a 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. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?
For the first time, I was afraid we'd die on this shore.
Dark and complex beach reading. (4 stars)
I've always had a weakness for castaway stories. There's just something engaging and satisfying about a person (or persons as the case may be) having to fight for the most basic needs and surviving. A Map for Wrecked Girls is certainly a survival story but it's also very much a story about the complex relationship between siblings and a romance. With so much going on it can be a little tedious at times and Henri feels more caricature than character but it's still a read worth diving into on a summer afternoon.
If you enjoyed Wink Poppy Midnight or The Women in the Walls you're sure to find this complicated novel a delight.