Little Wrecks by Meredith Miller

Little Wrecks

In this haunting and explosive debut, Meredith Miller explores the truth behind three girls on the cusp of adulthood, and all the shocking realizations that come under the guise of growing up. Perfect for fans of I’ll Give You the Sun and Girl in Pieces.Ruth, Magda, and Isabel are different from everyone else. They can see beneath the seemingly perfect, cookie-cutter exter...

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Little Wrecks Reviews

  • Elise (The Bookish Actress)
    Feb 19, 2017

    4 stars. Really weird?? But I kind of loved it.

    First things first: this book has weird prose.

    At points, there's almost too much purple prose and the metaphors killed me a bit, but there are also points where the prose personally murdered me and left me near tears. I think the writing style is going to be very divisive between readers.

    The thing is, the writing style can't bother me, because everything else about this book was so pitch-per

    4 stars. Really weird?? But I kind of loved it.

    First things first: this book has weird prose.

    At points, there's almost too much purple prose and the metaphors killed me a bit, but there are also points where the prose personally murdered me and left me near tears. I think the writing style is going to be very divisive between readers.

    The thing is, the writing style can't bother me, because everything else about this book was so pitch-perfect.

    stands out mainly because of the character work. Isabelle is reckless and independent and desperate to get out of this town no matter what. Ruth, my personal favorite, is desperate to avoid her mother's fate. She loves her mother for being kind, but hates her for being more like a best friend and less like a mom. Ruth does some terrible things, lives through the consequences, and comes out stronger. Her character arc is very, very strong. Magda wants to save her brother and her best friends from themselves. She comes off as stern and level-headed compared to her two reckless friends, but she's also desperate to be loved.

    These characters would've almost certainly made me give this book a 4.5, were it not for the

    . Keep in mind here that I usually prefer happy endings after dark character studies, and I don't like tragedy as a story format. The ending wasn't an explicit tragedy– it's really only terrible for one character. I just feel like a lot was wasted with that ending. These characters spend 300 pages growing and changing, and yet one of them ends up meeting a tragic end anyway. It doesn't work for me.

    Still, this book is absolutely recommended.

    div17: latinx mc

  • Sarah
    May 11, 2017

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA story about three girls who stole some pot and then didn’t know how to sell it on.

    Firstly, I’m not sure what time period this book was set in, but all the cars had cassette players, and nobody had a mobile phone, so it obviously wasn’t this decade!

    This story had three main characters, Isabel, Magda, and Ruth, and at times I had tr

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA story about three girls who stole some pot and then didn’t know how to sell it on.

    Firstly, I’m not sure what time period this book was set in, but all the cars had cassette players, and nobody had a mobile phone, so it obviously wasn’t this decade!

    This story had three main characters, Isabel, Magda, and Ruth, and at times I had trouble knowing who the story was following as it was written in third person. Isabel was a bit of a rebel, and liked to get revenge on people, Magda had a younger brother who she cared about and a mother who had run away, and Ruth was sick of her mother’s string of boyfriends.

    The storyline in this was mainly about the girls stealing some weed from a dealer and getting him in trouble with the people who supplied the weed. This was a little odd, especially as the dealer in question was supposed to be a friend of theirs, and once they’d stolen it they then didn’t know how to sell it on, so they didn’t really benefit from the theft at all. We also had storylines about Isabel stealing from a cop, someone going missing, and a sexual assault, but I found the story a little odd, and had trouble following what was going on at times.

    The ending to this was okay, but I did find this to be quite an odd story overall.

    6.25 out of 10

  • Amy's Book Reviews
    Jun 18, 2017

    GRADE: D-

    1 STAR

    LITTLE WRECKS takes place in 1979, which I guess makes this novel a period piece. I was around the same age as the three friends during 1979 and Meredith Miller does a good job accurately depicting the era.

    I preordered and eagerly anticipated the release of LITTLE WRECKS and I was disappointed. Miller's writing turned me off with lots of telling and little showing. Simple sentence structure can be an effective means of creating intensity, emotion and tension like in GIRL IN PIECES

    GRADE: D-

    1 STAR

    LITTLE WRECKS takes place in 1979, which I guess makes this novel a period piece. I was around the same age as the three friends during 1979 and Meredith Miller does a good job accurately depicting the era.

    I preordered and eagerly anticipated the release of LITTLE WRECKS and I was disappointed. Miller's writing turned me off with lots of telling and little showing. Simple sentence structure can be an effective means of creating intensity, emotion and tension like in GIRL IN PIECES and SPEAK. To me LITTLE WRECKS read more like a high school English story and I was bored throughout the book. I felt nothing for the characters.

    I'm clearly in the minority with others rating higher on Goodreads so read the preview before deciding whether you want to read LITTLE WRECKS.

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