From The Wreckage

From The Wreckage

by Michele G Miller

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“In a matter of minutes on a Friday night, I lost my school, my identity, the security of my first love, the personality of my sweet fearless brother, my best friend, my town, everything as I knew it. Everything changed.”

"Minutes - that’s all it takes to change your entire life. How do you deal with that?”

For high school senior Jules Blacklin surviving the storm is only the beginning. Faced with the new reality of her life, she must find a way to rise From The Wreckage and answer the question - how do you get back to normal, when everything that was normal is gone?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045960779
Publisher: Michele G Miller
Publication date: 06/12/2014
Series: From The Wreckage , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 6,146
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of an enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter! Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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From The Wreckage 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
shannybaby1 More than 1 year ago
Love West! I can't even imagine going through an ordeal like this but I felt like I was experiencing it all through her character! To lose your sense of safety and having your world be turned upside down. West is her savior and her safe haven! I loved the interactions between these two and I am definitely rooting for them. Can't wait to read the next book!
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
In the wake of the recent tornadoes touching down across the Midwest, perhaps the most prominent being those in Arkansas and Oklahoma, Miller creates a touching, poignant story that truly captures the fear, panic, loss, and ultimate renewal that comes from the destruction of Mother Nature’s ferocity. Told through the memories of survivor Jules Blacklin as she relates her story for a video memorial, readers are brought into her personal world and experience events through her eyes as an unexpected tornado rips through the Friday night hang out attended by many of the counties teens. Imagine turning around and seeing a tornado coming for you. Miller captures the fear and horror surrounding these events as her main characters experience their lives being ripped apart, both literally and figuratively. Recounting her experiences, and with a new outlook on life, Jules takes readers through her healing process, her revelations of love and loss drawing the reader even deeper into the story. The tenses in the story are a bit jarring every now and then, jumping between past and present, first and third person as the story develops, but I feel like this fits the upheaval of the storyline itself, and as Jules is recounting past events in a present memorial to the dead, it works. “From the Wreckage” is both a literal and figurative phrase that perfectly fits as the title of this novel. From the wreckage comes loss. From the wreckage comes survivors. From the wreckage comes unity. And from the wreckage comes rebirth, love, fear, and strength, and it’s a beautiful story that I highly recommend. Four stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story experience was amazing. The author uses strong character development to have the readers fall in love with her characters. She also links the story with every day elements, such as movies, television shows, and music we all know and love.  This gives the reader more of a 3D experience as they enjoy the book. The author has the talent to freeze a moment in time as the teens experience Mother Nature’s direct hit. The book is well written. The story focuses on true friendship in a time of tragedy forced on them after a tornado hits their small town. The story has all forms of emotion as the reader travels the pages, the feelings range from the heart strings being tugged to laughing out loud.  There are words to keep in your heart when the story is complete.  I loved the time spent between the pages and would recommend it to both young and seasoned readers.  It is a fast read, and this story leaves you appreciating each day with the ones you love.  I found it difficult to put the book down.  A contemporary romance certainly to be seen on a best sellers list!
Middlemunchkin More than 1 year ago
Michele G Miller is one of my favorite authors and people of all time!  I have read and enjoyed her Young Adult Fantasy series (The Prophecy of Tyalbrook) and her New Adult book (Last Call).  But in this story, Michele truly astounded me.   Living in Arkansas, I am far to familiar with the disaster and ruins left by tornadoes.  I am blessed in the fact that I have never had to endure the pain, fear, stress, and loss that a tornado can bring within minutes.  But reading From the Wreckage made me feel all of those things for the characters as they processed them themselves.   From the Wreckage follows Jules and West as they first survive and then overcome the devastation that is a tornado.  Not all survive and those that do are never the same.  Read From the Wreckage to find out what happens to Jules and West and see what they can scavenge from the wreckage.
LinkzillaMom More than 1 year ago
A gripping coming of age story A lovely coming of age story that digs into the emotional scars left behind when an act of Nature rips apart a young girl's world. How do you live when all you love is lost? This is an engrossing novella in an upcoming series of novellas, and it is a fast-paced read. There is romance, teenage angst and emotional drama in spades. Recommend for readers 15+.
AConstantReader More than 1 year ago
What a whirlwind!!  Jules is a teenager growing up in Tyler, Texas.  She hangs out with friends she's know since the three of them had the same backpack in kindergarten.  She's dating the captain of the football team, and life is good.  She's starting to have some doubts about her and Stuart, but on this Friday night after the football game, she puts that out of her mind.  She and her friends go to their usual hangout, and she runs into West, a boy she's known all her life, but hadn't spoken to in ages.  With very little warning, while Jules is talking to West, a tornado races towards them.  West grabs Jules, and along with some of their friends, they run to an abandoned house to hide in it's basement.  When the house falls down around them, Jules and West are trapped for hours.  From then on, Jules feels like she's lost without West.  What this means for Jules, West, Stuart, and the rest of their friends is described in this book in riveting detail.  When I got to the last page, I wanted to shake the book upside down, hoping more pages would magically show up!  Michele Miller is my new favorite indie author!!
Triton3122 More than 1 year ago
"From the Wreckage" introduces us to Jules, who with her best friends Katie and Tonya, are having a regular night out in their Texas town. Most of the kids from their high-school are hanging out at the popular Ice Shack when out of nowhere, a tornado sweeps through the town causing Jules and her friends to scramble for cover and pray for their safety. Unfortunately, the town suffers a significant loss. Jules and her friends struggle to understand how their lives were turned upside down in the matter of minutes. For Jules, she copes with trying to understand new feelings that surface for her long-forgotten friend West, who helped protect her during the storm. Of course, we have to insert a complication, hence Jules struggle with her feelings for West when her own boyfriend Stuart is trying to provide her with comfort while dealing with his own family issues. Will Jules be able to relax in Stuart's embrace while every fiber of her being is aching to be held by West who makes her feel safe and secure? How will she and her friends survive after being pulled "From the Wreckage"? Michele G. Miller has created such a world that sucked me straight in. The story is written as a "remembering" of events as Jules is filming her story for a film project (and I believe as a therapeutic mechanism). The switching between present day recording of the story and the events leading up to the filming are seamless and really provide an extra glimpse into feelings Jules is having. I think this is what helps make the story so engaging. Michele breaks down the "fourth wall" and connects with the readers. I couldn't help but feel like I was behind the camera and Jules was telling her story to me. I would LOVE to see this made into a movie, it would be awesome! Superb writing, a realistic plot, sympathetic characters, and story of love and hope relay an enjoyable read that I couldn't put down. I've already purchased the next book and can't wait to get started reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There wasn't a ton of conflict in this book. I sense this book was more of the building block for what's to come in the next book. I liked the characters enough that I will probably keep reading the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story very much. It was different than what I have read before...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand post this on three other books and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am waayyyy past high school, but this stirred up memories of that time. The all-important gang of friends, the cliques, and heartbreaks. Those brief moments between childhood and adulthood, the first tragedies and the loss of innocence they bring. A sweet love story. I found the characters and situations believeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my faveorites of all time!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story! Full of emotions that draw you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her writing style caught me up in this story from the first paragraph.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read remainder of series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. The writing was descriptive and had me feeling like I was right there with the main characters. I was hooked early on. It made me laugh, made me cry, and everything in between. The feelings and drama were a little immature but it is written about seventeen year olds so that is exactly age appropriate. The book is a great book on its own, but I am glad that there are sequels because I wanted to read more about Jules and the town of Tyler. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this read.
EGRGRY More than 1 year ago
***** My Thoughts: You guys who read my reviews know several things about me. I real a lot of YA. A whole lot of it, I also read a lot of contemporary romance, even though I'm not a huge romance fan. That, specifically, being said, it take a whole lot for me to read a contemporary romance book and find it worthy of praise. That doesn't even take the fact that it's a YA novel into consideration at all. In my experience, YA contemporary isn't been... the greatest of reading experiences. The stories are often bogged down with teenage angst and the authors are near always out of touch with contemporary teenage reality. Then I met Michele G. Miller. I'll start this out with a disclaimer. I picked this book up for free online several months ago and read the first third or so. For some reason I had to stop and I forgot all about it until I recently met Michele in person and she, yet again, piqued my interest. After picking up this story (a second time) from the very beginning, I wasn't able to set it down. Seriously folks. Words can't even describe how this story made me feel. Can you imagine a life in which a tornado could change your entire life? Friends, family, your home in mortal peril? I can. I was born and bred right in the midst of Tornado Alley. Year-round I watch the skies for storms, always on edge when a big one comes. I've survived several, and even been caught outside during one. Tornadoes are no joke. In fact, anyone who has been through one can tell you they're one of the downright scariest things imaginable. Never before would I have imagine than an author could so perfectly capture the presence, the feel, the emotional of the storm. When From the Wreckage fell into my hands, I knew I was hold a piece of literary greatness. The plot for Wreckage was probably one of the most unique I have ever seen in a YA contemporary novel. I don't even have a work to compare it to as it is so unique. Wreckage follows the story of Jules (as told through flashbacks) as she lives through a tornado that tore her town apart and nearly stole her life. Throughout the story, Miller mixes in the deepest of heartbreaking emotion to emulate the mental journey that not only Jules, but her entire community must undergo to pull through such a devastating time. Broken hearts and newfound love follow Jules and her friends as they learn the true meaning of live, friendship, and life. Sound deep enough for you? Folks, I won't lie to you here. I've said this before: I'm not an emotional reader. I'm just not. I don't often find myself with tears at the hand of a novel. Miller broke me in a way I haven't been broken in a very long time. This novel cut me to the core and I felt every one of these emotions like a knife to the heart. I found myself tearing up to the point of having to set the book down on three different occasions. Kudos to you Miller, you opened the floodgates. Gah. Miller really hits home with the plots and the themes I've described here, creating a novel that is sure to pull at the heartstrings of all readers, across genres. The setting for Wreckage was written to perfect. Tyler, Texas (though not the Tyler, Texas) is small-town America. I saw so much of my hometown in its' characters, description, and eventual destruction. The close-knit community setting was captured in a way that tells me that Miller truly has experienced that life for herself, as nobody who hasn't could have written such. While there are several notable characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get past the first few chapters.Teenagers and what they do after game on Fridays. Mundane word for word who said,who did.I know the why, just cant get into it.
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Worth the read.
RayBear More than 1 year ago
“Don’t waste a day wondering what if.” (Page 88). From the Wreckage is a book that explores the above quote. For Texas teen Jules Blacklin, everything changes in one day when a natural disaster tears her small town apart. Her life is turned topsy turvey following the tornadoe’s wake. She has lost one of her best friends. Her town has a lot of recovery to go through. Her school was decimated. The aspect of her life that changed the most; however, was realizing that it isn’t worth it to stay in a relationship that isn’t the same anymore and that she shouldn’t put off her own happiness. This book throttled me as hard as the tornado devastated Jules’ town. The description of events leading up to and during the tornado were like a scene from the classic movie Twister. I was on the edge of my seat and my eyes were wide with the tension. The author really does capture the emotional upheaval and turmoil that goes along with escaping the clutches of a disaster. And this was less than a quarter of the way through the novel. How could it get more tense? How could there be more excitement? Well, there wasn’t. Michelle Miller climaxed less than 25% through the novel and spent the rest of the plot and character development in limbo. It was like if I stay by Gayle Foreman, where you’re waiting for the big punch, only to be disappointed by the almost lackluster and anticlimactic ending. Miller set herself up for this when she gave away her big emotional roller coaster so soon. The rest was just the aftermath. I thought the book could have been shorter. After all, how much resolution can there be after a climax so soon? Still, I wasn’t disappointed entirely because the novel fits quite well into young adult literature, giving me all the angsty teen drama I could want. I just wish it hadn’t been preempted so soon with such a whirlwind beginning. For this unequal pacing I was annoyed, but not too much because I loved Miller’s writing style and how she painted her characters. This book wasn’t about the action so much as about the characters. It was fascinating to watch Jules go through her own stages of grieving and loss. Her conflicted thoughts on her relationships with both the football star and West Rutledge were the highlight of the book in my mind. The second major nuisance of the novel was the way Miller presented the story. It was told mainly through the narrative of Jules herself, as she tells the story for the video documentation of the high school seniors. This is so annoying and unnecessary that I skipped almost all the parts where Jules is in the present commenting on the past. The second major nuisance of the novel was the odd sounding tense used (third person present). It was jarring every time I picked up the book and made the entire thing difficult to read on a sentence by sentence basis. For these two reasons alone this book will never be a five-star book, at least in my opinion. If the story is in the past, let it be in the past and don’t pull us out of the narrative to let us know Jules is sad again in the present. Let the story tell itself! Still, if I had noticed these errors before I had begun reading, would I do it again? Yes, because the story was interesting, the characters were fascinating, and the emotions were real.
cinmax More than 1 year ago
Tells about dealing with the aftermath of a tornado in the life of a high school young women's emotional journey of surviving a storm that her some friends didn't. The change in relationships because of the storm and the traumatic healing that takes place. Premarital sex, language is good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago