Growing up, reading was my lifesaver and my relationship to so many things. I was the youngest of seven kids, so I got lots of books foisted on me by enthusiastic older siblings, mostly science fiction and fantasy. As a teenager, I read through all the New Modern Library books on my parents shelves and used the public library all the time. I filled up notebooks with bad surrealist poetry, then got angsty and burned them. I planned my first novel when I was 12, but it was decades before I actually finished one.
The characters in Little Wrecks read a lot, but in the 70s and 80s it wasn't at all assumed that teenagers would read novels written for teenagers. I did read, and loved, Judy Blume, Madeleine L'engle and S.E. Hinton, when I was 11 or 12, I guess. I read The Lord of the Rings trilogy at least three times before I turned thirteen. We lived in France for a summer with only two books in English between six kids - The Phantom Tollbooth and Dune. We each read them at least twice, I think! Later I just read anything that made me feel or think - sci-fi, fantasy, Modernist fiction and poetry, essays, memoirs and biographies, whatever.
Coming soon, the Little Wrecks playlist!