Thursday, 13 October 2016

Review: Wrecked by Maria Padian

by Maria Padian
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date:October 4th, 2016
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

When I was approached by Thomas Allen & Son in regards to Wrecked by Maria Padian, I had no idea what to expect. I was told it was a title about campus rape, a title that would be narratively promising and an emotional roller coaster ride, and although I had read and enjoyed Exit, Pursued by a Bear not long before hearing about Wrecked, I wasn't sure how the tale would impact me emotionally. The reaction was fierce!

"Her roommate shakes with silent sobs. Haley just holds on. She doesn’t know how long. When they finally move apart, Haley stays on the bed. Jenny’s face is creased and red-streaked. Her eyelids look raw."

Wrecked by Maria Padian focuses on a rape on campus, but does not follow the narrative of those involved. Interestingly, and in my opinion, "uniquely", it follows the tale of a friend on either side of the equation, giving us a strong outsider perspective, rather than one of the accused or the victim. It focuses on how relationships, perceptions, and so much more can be affected throughout the ordeal. Haley and Richard were incredibly average and relatable characters, and I found them to be the perfect vessels to take us throughout this journey of truth, heartbreak, pain, anguish, and growth.  In addition to being an incredible emotional roller coaster, I found Maria's writing to be quite exceptional! The choice of narrative direction and the choice in perspective was truly unique and added an interesting new spin and direction to the title - I loved it! Readers beware, the title does contain serious triggers for those uncomfortable with reading the subject of rape. However, I strongly feel that Wrecked by Maria Padian is an important title to pick up. In the wake of countless women and men coming forward about campus rape and how it's often swept under the rug, Wrecked is a special title that, I believe, must be read by every young adult. It's one I hope will change everyone's perceptions, and not only on the subject of rape.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. I haven't heard of Wrecked before, or Exit Pursued by a Bear. It's quite possible that both those books aren't books I'd outwardly look for, especially with a rape topic. Still, I might give this one a try if you enjoyed it as much as it seems you did :)

  2. Oh wow. This book sounds so sadly relevant and from an interesting perspective!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. What a well written review on such an important topic. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Sounds like quite the intense book. I appreciate youre putting in time for sharing it.