Wrecked by Heather Henson, A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2022. 9781442451056
Format: Paperback ARC (published March 2022)
Genre: Realistic Fiction
What did you like about the book? 16-year-old Miri has lived on the top of a mountain in rural Kentucky with her father since she was three years old. Now her father has a live-in girlfriend, Angel. Miri knows that her father makes meth but she has never been inside of the building and her father does not use. Miri is an expert mechanic, especially on motorcycles; she rebuilds them or builds them from scratch. Fen has lived in Detroit with his mother until she sends him to live nearly next door to Miri with his father. They meet when Fen is driving to school for his first day only to discover the truck has no gas. Miri rides up and rescues him. In a short time they become very close. Miri knows she must tell Fen about her father making meth, must break up with him. She finally leaves a message on his phone. Fen discovers that his Dad, a DEA agent, has been watching Miri’s Dad, has a file on him and is about to arrest him. Fen must warn Miri but things don’t go as planned, in fact, they could not go much worse than they do. But is all what it seems?
All characters present as White.
Anything you did not like about the book? No.
To whom would you recommend this book? Those who like tense, romantic mysteries with a surprise ending will definitely like this one.
Who should buy this book? Public and high school libraries
Where would you shelve it? YA Fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review
Date of Review: December 27, 2021