Wreck: A Novel by Kirstin Cronn-Mills


Wreck: A Novel by Kirstin Cronn-Mills is a YA Realistic Contemporary of illness, loss, and discovery.


42119746Sometimes loss has its own timetable.

Set on the shores of Lake Superior, Wreck follows high school junior Tobin Oliver as she navigates her father’s diagnosis of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Steve’s life as a paramedic and a runner comes to an abrupt halt just as Tobin is preparing her application for a scholarship to art school. With the help of Steve’s personal care assistant (and family friend) Ike, Tobin attends to both her photography and to Steve as his brain unexpectedly fails right along with his body.

Tobin struggles to find a “normal” life, especially as Steve makes choices about how his own will end, and though she fights hard, Tobin comes to realize that respecting her father’s decision is the ultimate act of love.


Don’t forget the tissues! 

This book is bound to bring out emotion in its readers, especially if you are someone who may have experienced the loss of a family member or close friend from illness.

At first, the writing style was a little on the lighter side. I didn’t feel too connected to the characters, but then as I got more and more into the book, I noticed that I was becoming more emotionally invested.

This is a book that slowly pulls you in and, eventually, has you completely sucked in without knowing it. The beginning was slower-paced, almost to the point where I was getting a little bored. There is a ton of emotions with the characters as they begin to uncover grief and suffering.

I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars. The ending is what saved the story for me. If you like slower-paced novels with heartfelt meaning, this book may interest you.


Published: 2 April 2019

Publisher: Sky Pony

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Pages: 288

How I Read It: eARC from NetGalley

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*

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