Review: Wrecked by Maria Padian

28110862Wrecked by Maria Padian

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Thomas Allen & Son
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Contemporary, College, Rape, Romance

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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.



Or is it? That’s one of the things I liked best about WRECHED; the fact that it makes us ask ourselves multiple questions, one of them being, ‘‘Did Jenny really get raped by Jordan or is she making this up?’’

I’m used to reading books with rape victims. But I’m not used to doubting the credibility of the victim (victim?) and I’m certainly not used to the main character not being the victim herself.

And that’s another thing I liked. It felt different – a different sort of point of view (an extern one) – to read about Haley, who is Jenny’s roommate, and seeing things through her eyes.

Except not really, and that’s something I found annoying. This book is narrated in the third person POV, and I have nothing against that, but it felt a bit forced, like a first person POV would have suited the story best.

It almost has that type of writing and atmosphere of mystery novels: detached, not lyrical, hints hidden at various places, etc.

I definitely don’t regret reading this book. It is but it also isn’t your typical rape story.

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6 thoughts on “Review: Wrecked by Maria Padian

  1. Interesting.. I also enjoy “different” and i like it when the narrator is unreliable and makes you second-guess the truth behind their claims or their reality. I’m not a huge fan of the 3rd person POV, i find it more difficut to identify with the characters and really get into the story.


  2. I’ve never read anything that involves rape and I’m really interested to try one. I like that there was a part of you that doubted the victim but I’m not sure about the third person POV though…


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