Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Review: Wrecked by Maria Padian

Title: Wrecked 
Author: Maria Padian 
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers 
Source: Publisher 
Published: October 4th, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible--especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict. 


Wrecked by Maria Padian is an incredibly timely novel that delivers an enlightening look at what happens when someone is accused of sexual assault on a college campus. Well written and engrossing, Wrecked captures the voices of today’s young people and emphasizes the importance of consent.

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. 
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  1. I can't believe that Kater Tot will be heading to college sooner than later. Where has all the time gone? I love reads like this, and I think this is such an important topic to call attention to. I am going to look it up. It reminds me of a book I read call What We Saw, you both should read that one, it is very eye opening.

    1. I know -- can we get a pause button, please? *sniffles* I have What We Saw so that's good to know -- thank you, Heidi. I do highly recommend Wrecked; it's a wonderful book and very thought-provoking.

  2. Oh man, McKenna is growing up. I love books like this that have a powerful message.

  3. I hate that this is such a relevant book, but I'm glad it's so well done.

  4. Weeew. Sounds like a great read

  5. I love the sound of this book! It sounds like one of those that I will both love and rage at immensely. Wonderful review!

  6. I'm off to buy this one IMMEDIATELY! Thanks for letting me know about it; great review! -Miki


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