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.
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.
Early Praise for A Map for Wrecked Girls:
"Emotionally eviscerating. A gripping examination of the barbed-wire bonds between sisters that cut, protect, and don't let go. Prepare to feel." – Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval
"A masterfully written tale of survival, sisters, and love." – Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dumplin'
"A harrowing story of sisters in need or rescue that's so real, it'll have you shaking sand from your hair and wiping tears off the page." – Stacey Lee, author of Under a Painted Sky
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"I believe in possibility. Of magic, of omens, of compasses, of love. Some of it's a little bit true."
Sixteen-year-old Tal is a Wanderer—a grifter whose life is built around the sound of wheels on the road, the customs of her camp, and the artful scams that keep her fed. With her brother, Wen, by her side, it's the only life she's ever known. It's the only one she's ever needed.
Then in a sleepy Southern town, the queen of cons picks the wrong mark when she meets Spencer Sway—the clean-cut Socially Secured boy who ends up hustling her instead of the other way around. For the first time, she sees a reason to stay. As her obligations to the camp begin to feel like a prison sentence, the pull to leave custom behind has never been so strong.
But the Wanderers live by signs, and the signs all say that Tal and Spencer will end only in heartache and disaster. Is a chance at freedom worth almost certain destruction?
Wandering Wild is an achingly romantic journey of tradition and self-discovery—a magical debut.
Praise for Wandering Wild:
⭐️ "Taylor's story about a teenage girl and her complicated life is a stunning debut in the world of young adult novels. This story is told in first-person female point of view with a voice that is honest and real. The raw emotion of the protagonist will immediately draw readers into Talia's plight. The setting of the story is unique and fascinating. This is a realistic coming-of age story about love, family, and change that will appear to readers who like stories with romance." – VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) 5Q, 4P Starred Review
"[T]hought provoking. Despite her life of grift, readers will root for Tal and her nascent moral compass. A very enjoyable debut featuring an appealing protagonist in unusual circumstances; add to coming-of-age collections." – School Library Journal
"Taylor's debut novel is spiritedly paced, with tension increasing as Tal is pulled between her Wanderer identity and her romance with Spencer. Lively characters showcase the lore and traditions within the group . . . as Tal is forced to make a decision that will affect all in her path." - Publishers Weekly
"The unlikely romance at the core of the novel is charmingly realistic . . . The strength of this debut novel is in the tantalizing development of character and setting as the story unfolds and Tal seeks her path in life." – Kirkus Reviews
"In Wandering Wild, Jessica Taylor weaves a delicate, character-driven story that holds up to the classics of young adult magical realism. A moving portrayal of young love, family, and hope, a combination that steals your heart on every page." – John Corey Whaley, Printz Award Winner and National Book Award Finalist
"Jessica Taylor's prose is exquisite, her characters authentic, and her plot imaginative. Tal is brave, flawed, and clever—a YA heroine who won't soon be forgotten." – Julie Murphy, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Side Effects May Vary and Dumplin'
"Wandering Wild is a beautiful, tempestuous read, filled with struggle and discovery. Descriptions of the open road, and of the thrill of striking off to someplace new will make you want to wander, even as you come to see that even the freest person can still be trapped. By the end, you'll embrace your own wild impulses." – Kendare Blake, New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns
"Tal is vibrant and compelling, and the questions she confronts—what belonging means, how to find your place in the world when it looks nothing like what you expected—are gripping. Wandering Wild is a romantic and hauntingly beautiful tale of how we fight for what and who we love." – Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Conviction
"Full of thieves and vagabonds, authentic romance, and a hint of magical realism, Wandering Wild is as compelling as the call of the open road." – Katherine Longshore, author of Gilt