Wrecked by Maria Padian

Wrecked by Maria Padian
Page Count: 368
Published by: Algonquin Young Readers (October 4, 2016)
Genre: Teen/Social & Family Issues/Sexual Abuse
ISBN-13: 978-1616206246
My Rating: 5/5

***Please Note***
This book deals with serious issues involving sexual assault.  I would not recommend this book to anyone who could be triggered by these issues.


Everyone on campus has a different version of what happened that night.

Haley saw Jenny return from the party, shell-shocked.

Richard heard Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with.

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard are pushed to opposite sides of the school’s investigation. Now 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.

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my “TBR List” for quite sometime and I am happy to have finally gotten around to it.  I found this book to be a wonderful public service announcement of what can happen when you allow yourself to lose control.  As women, we should always be vigilant of our safety and surroundings.  Wrecked is a cautionary coming-of-age tale that deals with just what can happen when you let your guard down.

As for the mechanical aspects of the book, the character development was amazing.  The storyline was believable and the writing was superb.  What I was most impressed with is the underlying message in this book:  only you have your best interests at heart.

Would I Recommend This Book:

Yes!  Even though this book centers around college-aged-young-adults, I would recommend it to even high school aged kids, and maybe some mature middle schoolers.  The situations and issues dealt with are relevant to both genders, even though the main characters are female.

About the Author:

Young adult novelist Maria Padian lives and writes from her home in midcoast Maine. Before devoting herself full-time to fiction she worked as a news reporter, congressional aide, radio essayist and freelance writer. These days, she takes breaks from the computer by playing with her Australian Shepherd, texting her grown children, taking long walks along the beach or feeding logs into the woodstove.

Until next time!



P.S.  Here goes the little disclaimer…

Thanks goes to Algonquin Young Readers and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication.  All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.

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