{Tour} A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (Character Interview + a Giveaway)

Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! This is our stop on the A Map for Wrecked Girls Tour! When our friends over at Penguin asked if we wanted to be a part of this tour, our answer was a big YES.

We have a super fun character interview and giveaway to share with you today and we can’t wait for you to get to know more about this book, its characters and author, Jessica Taylor! Before we get to that, let’s learn a little more about the book first…


{Tour} A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor (Character Interview + a Giveaway)A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor
Published by Dial, Penguin Group on August 15th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 368
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We sat at the edge of the ocean—my sister Henri and I—inches apart but not touching at all. We'd been so sure someone would find us by now.

Emma had always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two had always been best friends. Until something happened that wrecked 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 this gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart.

For the first time, I was afraid we'd die on this shore.

To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other. But there’s no map for this—or anything. Can they survive the unearthing of the past and the upheaval of the present?

***Character Interview***

Today we’re sitting down with Emma and Henri from A Map for Wrecked Girls. Hi, ladies! Welcome to Swoony Boys Podcast! We can’t wait for our readers to get to know you both a little better. Ready to get started? Let’s do this…

Before we start with the tougher questions, let’s start with something a little more fun. What movie/TV sibling duo do you think is most like the two of you?

Emma: This book isn’t a movie yet—not until next year—but Merricat and Constance Blackwood in Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

Henri: We were not that bad!

Emma: Well, close. Before at least. Maybe now we’re more like Rose and Maggie in In Her Shoes. That’s a book and a movie, too. Like Maggie and Rose we’ve some differences that led to us hurting each other, but our relationship is more important than anything we’ve done to each other in the past.

A lot of your story deals with different types of relationships. Romantic. Parental. Sisterly. How did the events of this story change your life in both positive and negative ways?

Emma: We both did a bang-up job of lying to ourselves and to each other when it came to our romantic relationships. We’re both working on that. About Mom and Dad . . . what do you think, Henri?

Henri: I see my parents differently now. They’re not the perfect people I thought they were when I was a kid, and that part is a little sad.

Emma: But maybe everyone has that happen—a point where you see your parents as real people with flaws but also people with their own hopes and dreams too. I guess it is disappointing, but I think it’s for the best.

Henri: What about us, our relationship?

Emma: Us? We did a number on each other, and while we’re still close, it’s different. More realistic. Because of that, I wouldn’t change anything.

Henri: I wouldn’t either.

If you had to describe each other using just three words, what would those words be?

Henri: Emma is brave, caring, and resilient.

Emma: Smart, you’re definitely smart, Henri. Stubborn, which can be both a good and bad thing. And . . . I don’t know.

Henri: Selfish. It’s okay—you can say it because it’s true. But I’m working on it.

You both went through A LOT during the course of this story. While others your age probably won’t go through exactly what you experienced, what advice would you give to someone who might be struggling in some way, or dealing with something in their own life?

Emma: With the mistake I made, some people might think it was for the best, but I did it for all the wrong reasons and in the worst possible way. I guess my advice is to think about why you’re doing whatever you’re doing. If you do everything for the right reasons, I really do believe it will all work out.

Henri: When things got bad, I lost track of the big picture and it felt like everything would always be that way. I had to remember that what I was experiencing—even though it was very real and painful—it wasn’t going to last forever. I remind myself of that when things get bad now.

You obviously had no idea that you’d end up stranded, but knowing what you know now, what FIVE items would be on your must-have-list for being stranded on an island?

Emma: Getting a little off topic, Henri.

Henri: Okay, fine. Third, a tent. No, make that three individual tents for privacy. Oh, and fourth and fifth, music and books. Anything to kill the suffocating boredom.

Emma: I would bring a fire starter, a machete for cutting vines and branches in the jungle, antibiotics, a water purifier, and toilet paper.

We threw a lot of questions your way. Is there anything we missed? Anything else you want to share with our readers?

Emma: Only one last thing from me—we’re so grateful to everyone for reading our story! Thank you!

Henri: I’ve got one more piece of advice. If you’re getting on a boat, let someone know where you’re going.

That wasn’t so bad, right? Thanks again for stopping by!


***Meet Jessica Taylor***

Author Jessica TaylorJessica Taylor adores atmospheric settings, dangerous girls, and characters who sneak out late at night. She lives in Northern California, not far from San Francisco, with a law degree she isn’t using, one dog, and many teetering towers of books.

A MAP FOR WRECKED GIRLS, her first young adult contemporary thriller and a Junior Library Guild Selection, will be published August 15, 2017 by Dial Books for Young Readers/Penguin Random House.

Represented by Melissa Sarver White at Folio Literary Management.

Find Jessica Here:
Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads



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  1. I used to love camping but got to the point I packed way more than I should. You know, just in case. I think if I was stranded on an island I would go nuts because I was unprepared.

  2. I can’t wait to read A Map for Wrecked Girls! Relationships between siblings are so fascinating and complicated and different – this character interview definitely got me even more intrigued to read the book.

  3. I love the humor in the character interview. The Wrecked Girls is definitely on my TBR list.

  4. Kristy Petree says

    Sounds like a great read, and cute interview (probably much more lighthearted than the book lol). Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  5. danielle hammelef says

    I always enjoy your character interviews. Fun post for an exciting book.

  6. I’m really looking forward to reading this one. It’s been on my list for awhile now. I’m so behind on everything.

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