by Maria Padian


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“Outstanding, powerful, and important . . . This is, hands down, one of the best sexual assault reads in YA.”—Book Riot

What really happened at the party that night?

Haley saw Jenny come back to the dorm, shell-shocked.

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

When Jenny accuses Jordan of rape, Jordan claims she’s lying. Haley and Richard, who have just started dating, are pushed to opposite sides of the school’s investigation. Will the truth ever come to light? Reputations, relationships, and whole lives depend on it.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616206246
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Maria Padian has a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a freelance writer, essayist, and author of young adult novels, including Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress, Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best, and Out of Nowhere. Maria lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine. Visit her online at mariapadian.com and find her on Twitter: @mpadian.

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Wrecked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Rachel_Lilienthal More than 1 year ago
Overall, this book proved to be an excellent read. The characters are likeable, the story is fluent, and every chapter leaves you wanting more. This book takes you through the emotional turmoil of being a college student burdened with a horrible secret while also trying to maintain a relationship. This book is painfully relatable and shows two points of views about the controversial topic of rape, both being meaningful and worthy of recognition. Throughout the story, the characters constantly have to fight with what their head says and what their heart desires. Each chapter gives us insight to how they are dealing with the current situation, with one of their friends being caught in a tough situation with no one knowing the truth, this book grips the reader into an emotional rollercoaster. This book focuses on the lives of two college students who slowly develop feelings for one another, but due to a rape accusation that disrupts the bond between the two, the characters must decide what is more important to them. They struggle to decide what would be better for their future in the long run and struggle to untangle the web of lies that were tangled the night the supposed rape occurred. None of the characters truly have a solid idea on what went down that night due to high levels of alcohol consumption which makes for a very suspenseful situation. After each chapter, the reader receives a piece of the puzzle and slowly unravels the mystery of the rape case. This knowledge is only known by the reader which makes it especially suspenseful because the characters make decisions based on their own morals or theories and not by what actually happened. Each character has a different point of view on the subject which is both enlightening and thought provoking. This book crafts a very important message about a subject that is ignored more than it should be. At the end of the book, the author includes questions about what the reader would do in the scenario or gives alternate realities to evaluate and determine the resulting outcome. This makes for a refreshing perspective on the topic and gives the reader some food for thought as to what they would do in the other persons shoes. This sense of empathy is what truly gives this book a special connection to the reader leaving them to ponder about the very overlooked issue of rape.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Haley has a concussion. She's a freshman at college and her dream of being a professional soccer player might be over. While Haley is recovering her roommate Jenny comes home from a party completely broken. What happened to her and how can Haley help her roommate? Being there for a girl she's only just met isn't easy, especially not because her brain isn't fully functioning. Will she be able to be the person Jenny needs? Richard likes the girl he keeps meeting when he's tutoring math. His girlfriend just broke up with him and Haley makes his life a lot more bearable. When Richard's friend Jordan asks for his help he reluctantly gives it, not knowing how many problems this agreement will cause. Jordan is being accused of raping Jenny and the girl Richard likes so much as well as his ex are involved in the case. Richard has landed himself in the middle of something he doesn't want to be part of at all, who's telling the truth and what are the consequences when it comes to light? Wrecked is an impressive story with many different emotional layers. My heart ached for Jenny and everything she had to go through. Her story isn't completely coherent, which makes finding out what happened to her incredibly complicated, but it's clear from the start that something awful took place that destroyed her completely. Maria Padian writes about it in a beautiful emphatic way. The main focus of her story are Haley and Richard and most of Jenny's story is being told from their point of view. There are also small bits about Jenny herself and that gives the story an extra dimension, which is both impressive and heartbreaking. It kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end and I was often moved to tears when I read these pieces of Jenny's story. Wrecked is a realistic story about an important subject. Unfortunately a lot of college girls have been, are and will be in Jenny's situation, which made me feel it even more. While she's already dealing with so much Jenny also has to answer suggestive questions, is being gossiped about, has to endure the hate of others and much more. Maria Padian writes about this in a raw and honest way. She combines this heavy subject with a complicated love story between Richard and Haley, which gives the story plenty of interesting angles. I think Wrecked is a fantastic poignant story and I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not thrilled with this book. I thought the synopsis was good that's why I wanted to read it. However, it was a little too young person dramaish. Not quite up my alley.
Ambur More than 1 year ago
I was seriously impressed with WRECKED. Campus rape is a huge topic in the news right now and I love that books like WRECKED are helping to bring even more awareness to it. I loved that WRECKED handles the subject in a unique way. The main characters aren't the ones directly involved. Instead they're both linked to the two people that the rape case pertains to. Haley is roommates with Jenny who came home from a party one night and several days later she reported that she had been raped. Richard is housemates with Jordan, the one Jenny has accused of raping her. We don't get to see Jenny's and Jordan's direct perspectives, but instead get to see things from Haley's and Richard's POVs which helps highlight how difficult it can be to get to the truth. In between chapters, Maria Padian has added an omniscient perspective which shows us exactly what happened at the party without any bias, so in the end we know exactly what happened. This combination allows us to see so many different perspectives and also see how big of an issue consent is. I also felt that their backgrounds made Haley and Richard great characters to tell this story through. Both Haley and Richard were pretty average students, and they were very realistic. Richard is a nice guy, a little bit immature, and raised with a typical white male attitude (i.e., entitled without realizing he's entitled at all), and Haley comes from a middle-class background where she was fairly protected and sheltered by her parents. Because of these backgrounds both Richard and Haley are pretty unaware of the nuances of consent, and neither of them have ever encountered rape before this, so their ignorance provides an ideal setting for these story. It allows the author to subtly educate the reader, and I found it extremely well done! It isn't the type of story where you deliberately feel like an author is trying to educate you while reading, but it does leave you with a much greater understanding of campus rape, how the truth can be easily distorted in rape cases, and how rape victims can be continuously victimized throughout the proceedings of cases such as the one detailed in WRECKED. I'm trying super hard not to spoil the finer details of this story because I think going into WRECKED without knowing the unbiased truth makes it even more interesting. I will say that I loved this book though and I think it handled campus rape very well. It was both a wonderful story and extremely informative and even a bit educational about consent which I really appreciated. I wholeheartedly recommend this book!