I had requested a download from the author through the OTOH Books website, and the following is my honest opinion. Each one of us are supposed to have a singe mother and father. But what would you do if your father dies in a boat fire? Wouldn't and your mother have to continue living without him? Since you probably have no idea, why not step into the shoes of the protagonist in this book, Ivy Lynwood. This might sound horrific for Ivy, but in reality, it had been a blessing in disguise for he had been an oppressive and abusive father. But then, a revelation was made. The woman who had died with him in the boat fire had also been his wife and that they had children of their own. Hearing this news had been bad enough for Ivy as it began a downward spiral for her. Add in Child Services asking her mother to foster her husband's other children, and her mother retreating into a drug induced fanciful dreamland, leaves a lot for his teenager to handle on her own. She now has two new siblings for whom she's now responsible for; a new sister who's a goth and who unfortunately is maliciously intimidating towards her, and a new half-brother with whom she's finding her first love in and kisses him. Being young, Ivy is still quite naïve regarding all of this to be able to adequately manage something this challenging. Will the fortitude Ivy possesses at her young age to sufficient enough for her to have a whole family again? And what about her relationship with her half-brother Jesse, where is it going to go? The diametrically opposed situations in the storyline, the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, gives credence for the reason the author has chosen Bittersweet Wreckage for this book. For having given her readers a well-written story which begs to have more, I've given Ms. Richards 5 STARS for her endeavor here.