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A Map for Wrecked Girls || Book Review

Hi guys! Today I’m going to do a review of A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor, which I read a few days ago.

Summary

The book is about two sisters, Henri and Emma, or Jones as she’s sometimes called. When they’re stranded on a desert island, accompanied by Alex, they have to figure out how to fix their relationship in order to make it home.

Henri had always been the popular sister, playing around with people all while dragging Emma along with her. And Emma didn’t mind, she had always adored Henri. After hurting Henri in a way that she couldn’t fix, their relationship fell apart.

I tied my hopes to the memory of Henri from before, the older sister with the best advice, the one who never started hating me.

Now, they must work together in order to survive, struggling to trust each other and Alex, who has more going on than what meets the eye.

The book alternates chapters, telling what is happening on the island and what had happened in the weeks before.

Characters

I liked the character building. That was one of the best parts of the book for me. Henri was extremely toxic, but I also felt bad for her as well, and later I realized why she acted that way.

We were poison. To each other and everyone around us.

I enjoyed watching them change and progress. The flashbacks also helped me understand the underlying emotions that they had, from their parents divorce and other places.

Emma relied too heavily on her sister, not living her life for herself, but for her sister, instead. I also felt that her relationship with Alex was really nice, a reprieve from all of the sisterly drama (although they did have their twists and turns).

Their emotions were written in such aching clarity that I could feel everything they felt, which was probably the best part of the book.

Maybe I was destined to only love people who wanted to destroy themselves.

Plot

There wasn’t anything particularly surprising with Alex, but the sisters had a lot going on.

I spent most of the book wondering what a sweet girl like Emma could do to make Henri hate her. That was the main “plot twist”, if you will. I could guess what it was as it came closer to the revelation.

The plot isn’t amazing, but I love how it follows a realistic journey from point a to point b.

Rating

I truly enjoyed this book, but it did have a few things that fell short, so I’m going to give it four stars.

I hope you enjoyed this review! Have you read The Map for Wrecked Girls? Is it on your tbr list? Let me know in the comments!

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