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Thursday, December 8, 2016
WRECKED by Maria Padian
Published: October 4th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers Read: December 2016 How I Got It: Ebook (approximately 368 pages) from NetGalley
Haley and Richard know each other from math tutoring, but
they soon find out that they are linked in a disturbing way: Richard’s housemate
is accused of raping Haley’s roommate. The two struggle to build a relationship
with each other while at the same time being sucked into the college’s disciplinary
process through supporting their respective friends. These characters were
written with strong personalities so as to present opposing viewpoints of the
situation through alternating perspectives. The writing to that point in the
novel is strong, but the novel also seemed to be an experiment of how many
times Padian could use the word “wrecked” throughout the narrative. The
references to the title of the novel seemed forced when many other synonyms
could have been used as alternatives.
As it’s told from the perspectives of two outsiders, the
story offers a fresh viewpoint in the literature about sexual assault. Readers
who want an honest view of sexual assault from both male and female perspectives
may find this book enlightening. Also it presents the topic through a college
environment where as many others are set in high school such as the eloquently
written Courtney C. Stevens’s Faking
Normal and the ever popular Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.
*Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an advanced electronic copy in exchange for an honest review.