- 288 Pages
- April 16, 2019
- ISBN: 9781510739031
- Trim Size: 5.5in x 8.25in
Sometimes 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.
"A provocative, unflinching, and emotionally-complex deep dive into mortality and loss while Tobin and her father grapple with almost unfathomable decisions. A wrenching and empathetic look at the tumultuous waters and seemingly bottomless grief that can interrupt an otherwise placid life." —Amanda MacGregor, Teen Librarian Toolbox
"This book has heart and empathy as vast and deep as the Great Lake on which it's set." —Geoff Herbach, award-winning author of Stupid Fast and Hooper
"Parallel, heartbreaking threads weave powerfully together. . . . Strong characterizations . . . enliven the narrative, providing rich context to a family in crisis. The dramatic, discussion-worthy ending adds a provocative right-to-die element that will stay with readers long after the last page." —Booklist
“Every so often a book comes along that is so sharp, so moving, so real, and so good, you want to press it into everyone's hands and say, Read this! READ THIS!” —Courtney Summers, author of Cracked Up to Be, on Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
“A kind and satisfyingly executed portrait.” —Kirkus Reviews