The dual POVs of Richard and Haley are fascinating, especially because they are neither the victim nor the accused but are the roommate and housemate of each. That made for such an interesting twist to have the narrators be so close to but not directly involved in what occurred. Because of this format, the reader is kept in the dark along with the characters. Another clever inclusion are the excerpts in between chapters that held the actual details of what took place on the night in question.
Haley is a great girl dealing with a devastating injury that has ended her soccer career. While she isn’t best friends with Jenny, she still does her best to stand by her roommate and be there for her in the wake of this nightmare. Richard. Oh, Richard. He is not a perfect guy, but I do think he’s pretty realistic. He means well, and he’s a good guy; but unlike some male MCs – he is not a smooth talker, and his choice of words gets him in trouble. I think it brings attention to the fact that certain words should not be tossed around casually. I believe the characters learned a lot from this experience, and I think there are readers who will as well. A heartbreaking incident, the gossip that surrounds it, victim-blaming, and cyber bullying are just a few of the themes covered in this story.
Particularly relevant, Wrecked is a book I am absolutely putting into my college-bound daughter’s hands. It is not just a want to read but a need to read and not only for young women but young men as well. No absolutely means no, and I love that the book spotlights only yes means yes. The focus on consent is cleverly incorporated into the story. A difficult subject matter but one I felt the author did justice. I look forward to reading more of Maria Padian's work.
A huge thank-you to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.