I was really looking forward to the new book – “The Wreckage of us” – by Brittainy Cherry. To be honest, I didn’t read the blurb before, I just started reading it. It quickly became clear that this is New Adult Romance, usually not really my thing, but ok. It’s just because I’m already 40 and I’m getting further and further away from the New Adult age. But back to the book.
In the end, I didn’t mind the young age of the protagonists at all, the story took you right away and captivated you. And the fact that it actually became a rock star romance surprised me. If I had read the blurb before, I would have known sooner. But it was a very positive surprise, I really like Rock Star or Celebrity Romance. But since I mentioned the blurb several times now, here it is (Link to book on Goodreads):
Never in a million years did I think it would be Ian Parker who saved me…
I know I should stay away from Ian Parker. But when my drug-dealing stepdad kicks me out, I have nowhere to go. Squatting in an abandoned shed on Ian’s grandpa’s farm seems like as good a plan as any. Ian finds me there, of course, and he insists on me moving into his spare room. I should say no, but the appeal of a roof and a warm bed is too much. Not to mention Ian’s brown eyes and strong arms.
We’re nothing alike, but the spark between us is undeniable. My life is finally looking up. Until I call the cops on my stepdad and unintentionally get my pregnant mom arrested. Now I have to sacrifice my dreams to take care of my mom’s baby. She’s the only family I have left. Meanwhile, Ian’s band is taking off; his dreams are coming true.
Ian is my one chance at love. I just hope he doesn’t become the one chance that got away.
Did I like the book? Yes, for sure! This book definitely gets 5 stars from me and is currently listed among my Top 5 books of the year. A very nice story, which also deals with serious current social problems in America, namely the drug problem specifically in rural areas. You hear about it more often in the news or reports, but in this book it is made clear once again. Our protagonist Hazel grew up in an environment of drugs and crime and when you imagine that in the real world, it makes you very sad. One of my favorite quotes from the book:
I wished that I could’ve said I was strong enough to look away, but sometimes loneliness made you crave any kind of connection – even from those who sucked your soul dry.
But drugs also play a role in Ian’s past, as his parents have simply disappeared in search of their next kick. So he grew up with his grandparents, with whom he has a wonderful relationship and who also play an important role in the story.
I don’t want to reveal too much about how the story unfolds and what hurdles the two have to overcome before a happy end seems possible. Both main characters are amazingly grown up for their young age, which is certainly due to what they have already experienced in their young lives.
But read for yourself, I think you will like the story. The author has a wonderful writing style and definitely knows how to tie the readers to the book. I can definitely recommend this book to you and am looking forward to the next story by Brittainy Cherry.