Two teenagers long for a better life in this thought provoking book set in the Kentucky knobs. Read on for a review of Wrecked by Heather Henson.
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Miranda or Miri to her family lives in rural Kentucky with her father Poe and stepmom Angel. Miri’s father is known in the community as “The Wizard” and he is one of the biggest methamphetamine dealers in the area. A family friend named Clay portrols their farm to keep trespassers out and Miri is never quite sure what will set her father off.
Miri meets a classmate Fen, who is new to the area. Fen is immediately taken by the quiet girl who prefers to spend time fixing her motorcycle than doing the things the other girls at school do. The two spend time together, but there’s only so much that can be shared. Each harbor a secret that threatens their burgeoning relationship.
At the center of Wrecked is Miri’s struggle to live a somewhat normal life as the daughter of a meth dealer. Conditioned to be suspicious of everyone, Miri bonds with Fen who sees the world as a place to explore with endless possibilities.
Author Heather Henson finds success with her scenes that are an ode to the beauty of the Kentucky knobs. Miri’s home feels claustrophobic yet beautiful on purpose as essentially her father has trapped her at home to control the entire family narrative. I also thought the pace was perfect, the romance isn’t rushed even though the chapters are fairly short and switch between different POV’s.
Trigger warning: The subject matter of Wrecked is for older YA’s as the subject of drug use and addiction is told through the eyes of Clay who lost his mother to the drug and ends up using himself.
Rating 4/5 stars