The Wreckage of Us by Brittainy Cherry
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.
Okay, all the feels with this book. It was very sweet and sad and emotional all at the same time. I can tell Cherry is an author that really likes to make her readers get teary eyes and pull on their heart strings, so be prepared haha.
Both main characters, Hazel and Ian, have been knocked down a few times in life, but how they approach it is totally different. Hazel is the hardest worker and is determined to make a better life for herself and her family. Ian has built walls around himself, but despite his assholeish exterior, he is really caring. I really liked both of the characters, and their independent and joint growth.
This book definitely has a coming of age feel with lots of redemption and love mixed in. The story line was very realistic and heartfelt, but I did not like the final conflict of the story. I felt it was slightly predictable and I think it all could have been cleared up with a phone call later when she was alone to explain what happened and why Hazel did what she did (once you read the story, this will make way more sense, I just didn’t want to give any spoilers while I vent for a second haha). However, that was my only real complaint about the story.
Overall, I 100% recommend this book. Just don’t start it late at night because then you stay up way past your bedtime, like I did, to finish it. I am looking forward to reading more of Brittainy Cherry’s books and I have a feeling I will like them all if they are even half as good as this one. This books is available on Kindle Unlimited.