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4.23  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Monsters have a way of following you.

Immersed in a new world at boarding school, Addy Buckley learns she’s not the only one with secrets. While trying to navigate the minefield of painful lies that seem to be rattling around her family’s past, she meets soft on the eyes and heavy on the heart, Napoleon Blake.

When faced with the darkness, Addy must decide to cling to her n
ebook, 274 pages
Published April 27th 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published April 24th 2015)
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Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Wendy Owens and Xpresso Book Tours.)

This book wasn’t bad, I just didn’t find it very entertaining.

I don’t know what it was about this book, but right from the beginning I just couldn’t connect with the characters, and didn’t really care either. The whole thing seemed to take forever to get through, and even when shocking developments happened, I just could not find it in myself to care.

Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it

What a very powerful story

There is nothing that grabs your interest more than a taboo subject if we are honest.

Just think of those headlines in the newspaper.
Think of those words on a magazine that captures your eye when browsing on the magazine rack.
Yes, it JUMPS out at you, it gets your attention right away.

This is like this story of this young girl and her life, her tragedies, her hopes, dreams, all dashed.



Its a subject matter we all want to avoid, its horrible. It also e
Analee (Book Snacks)
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 4.5

Note: I receives a free digital copy of this book thanks to Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

I honestly didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I had so many feels reading this book, and this book was so beautiful, telling the story of a girl dealing with suicide and finding love.

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Addison (Addy)’s life hasn’t been easy. Navigating life while discovering shocking family secrets isn’t too simple, especially paired with Napoleon Blake, who Addy
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a ebook of Wash Me Away to review and I really had no idea what I was getting into when I started it. There was some deep, tough issues in the book, but I felt the author did a really good job with them.


Addy was a great MC. I felt like I could relate in a lot of ways. I was pretty naive when I was younger and a little more sheltered. When she moved, she was forced into the “real world” and there was a lot she had to learn. She was smart, tough but had such a huge heart, even wi
Jessica Surgett
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
*I received an ARC of this book from the author. This is my honest review.


Having read Wendy's Stubborn Love series (*shameless plug), I knew I was going to cry. She is a master manipulator of heartstrings; it's why I love her books. Yet somehow, I was still unprepared for the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on.
Addison Buckley is amazing. She is the perfect example of how the people who have suffered the most, are usually the ones who have the greatest capacity for love. She
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazing
4.5 stars

I don't think I've ever read a story that deals so well with the topic of suicide and abuse as much as this one.

This book had it all, at times I was left laughing at the four friends' mischiefs, and at other times reduced to tears when everything was revealed.

I thought the plot and storyline was very easy to follow and I absolutely loooooved Napoleon (*fangirls*) and Addy and Leo make a great couple. I also liked Leo's quirk, which made him very real and believable as a character.
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens is absolutely fantastic. This is the story of Addy. Addy has had a very traumatic childhood growing up. I will not give any spoilers away. However I will tell you this story flows very nicely and will keep your attention throughout the entire book. There are some twist and turns that will surprise you.
In all of the Wendy Owens books that I have read, and I have read them all, I can tell you that you will feel the emotions of the characters. You will feel as though yo
May 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Xpresso Book Tours, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

The characters in this were okay, and I felt sorry for them at points. I can't say I loved them though.

There wasn't anything awfully wrong with this, it just couldn't catch my interest unfortunately. I felt quite bored at points because of it, and it felt like a really long read.

Overall, Not awful, but not a book for me.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for this one. Loved it.
Sep 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Lustful Literature
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it

Wash Me Away is such a powerful read that made me stop and think because of how real the storyline felt. While I was reading this book I lost myself in Addie’s journey. The author did an amazing job with the development of the characters. Depression and suicide ideation isn’t an easy subject matter to write about but the author did an amazing job on it. I felt the authenticity and struggle these characters had through her words. I loved that the story also provided res
Jen La Duca
Wash Me Away by Wendy Owens was a book that I thought I would absolutely love. The book’s cover is stunning in a hauntingly beautiful sort of way and I’m such a sucker for beautiful covers! I have no problem admitting that they play a big part into which books I choose to read. The book’s description gives you just enough information to make you want to read more; I was intrigued to say the least. Unfortunately, this book did not quite live up to my expectations. I so, so wanted to love this one ...more
The Smutbrarians
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Storyline: 5
Angst: 4
Tissue: 3
Value: 5
Panty Scorching: 0
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin

Addy Buckley has moved in with her Uncle and Aunt in Vermont after her father has passed away intragic accident. She’s “broken” but feels like she can’t share her true feelings about what happened with anyone. After being home schooled for the majority of her teen years, Addy will be a local student at a boarding school. For the first time, she’s making friends and with their help, maybe
Cecily Bonney
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wash me Away is my first read by Wendy Owens. I have to say that she is damn good and this will not be my last.
So I loved this book and it is a 5 star read but I am a selfish woman and I am giving it a 4.5 star because I didn't want it to end. I need to know what happens next in her life. I feel emotionally invested in this story...Trust me you will feel this same way once you have finished this book!
Addy is the main character and she has had a very rough childhood and now she is free from all o
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, ya, arc, psychological
After losing her father in a flood, Addison moves from Missippi to Manchester to live with her aunt and uncle. She has to adapt to a new way of life after the childhood upbringing which has left her scarred. She has been home schooled until now and she doesn't look forward to meeting others in her own age group. Having friends is quite alien to her.

Addison finds a best friend in Julia who is her complete opposite. Napoleon aka Leo befriends her too and they have a comfortable friendship. She se
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

First off, my review MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, so be advised. This book struck home for me on so many personal levels. I have lost someone close to me to suicide and I also suffer from depression. I love the way the author handled these issues. She did it with such care and sensitivity. I highly applaud her for that. The characters felt so real to me and were written with great depth and care. I felt so much empathy for Addison,Leo, Julia, Willow, and Miyagi. The similarities between Ad
Amy Daws
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I burned through this book in two days. I couldn't put it down! The teen angst in it had me unable to function in the real world until I got to THE END!
Wash Me Away is an easy 5 star read for me. It's been a while since I've read a YA book, and after reading this beauty, I don't know why I stopped!
WMA was beautifully written and full of emotional and angsty teen issues. A simple scene where the heroine decides to take art class had me tearing up for crying out loud!
There was just a really ref
Briana Pacheco
4.5 stars

It's been a long time since I've read a YA book and I'm so glad I loved this one. Wash Me Away had everything I look for in a book. There were dark moments, sweet moments, lovable/relatable characters, and a deeper meaning lying within each word. Sometimes things do get hard but you should never give up. There is help.

Addison's story pulled at my heart. With a traumatic childhood and the death of her father, Addy has this heavy weight on her shoulders. She lies to her therapist because
Amanda Walker
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of Wash Me Away in exchange for my honest review.

Wash Me Away is so different from the books Wendy usually writes, but let this prove...she can write anything. Wash Me Away was amazing. After the shocking intro the book started to slow down, but then BAM here comes the twists and turns that I wasn't expecting. I love the characters in this story, all of them. I do hope this will become a series because I am dying to hear from Leo, Julia, Miyagi, and Willow.

Overall, amazing s
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book. One of the most powerful books that I've read. Even though a sad, terrifying past, these teens fingers each other and surpass these obstacles and learn to love again. Wonderful book and a must read. Thank you, Wendy.
Kelli Santistevan
I started borrowing this book from a lending website and then I bought it so I could finish it. I liked that this book has a love story between two teenagers in it and I like that there were a lot of movie quotes in here and it referenced lyrics to a song that I like. I also liked the friendship between the teenagers in this story. This book is about a teenage girl whose father drowned and she’s dealing with how she feels about that and trying to process it.

Here’s a quote I like from the book:

Kim Vrana
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thinkers
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Sage Knightly
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: xpressoreads
* I received a digital copy of this from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4.5/5

Wash Me Away is an emotional tale about a young girl trying to keep her secrets and pain her own. She finally has friends. She finally knows what being cared about feels like. But she still doesn’t quite know what normal is. And so she keeps her secrets while trying to figure out her friends and help them when they need it. Amidst her discovery of normalcy and love, secrets pile up and spil
Kathy Osborn
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what an emotional rollercoaster ride. This book tugs on your heart and you want to reach out to help those who can't help themselves.

Addison having to endure a horrible father is emotionally scarred and damaged. After her father has drowned in a flash flood, she moves in with her Aunt and Uncle. She is sent to a therapist to help deal with the death of her father and meets Leo, the therapist's son.

I loved Leo; he's funny, loving and quotes 80’s movies all the time. Lol, he kept me in st
FMR Book Grind
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Wow. This book has rendered me speechless. As I am writing this, I'm finding myself struggling to come up with the accurate words that would do this book justice. Nothing I say will be able to fully express how I feel at this very moment.
Wash Me Away is one of those books that you find yourself engrossed in because of the amount of emotion it's able to evoke. It deals with some touchy subject matter, subjects that are all too familiar in today's world. I find myself thinking
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fmr-reviews
**Read and reviewed for FMR Book Grind**

Wow. This book has rendered me speechless. As I am writing this, I'm finding myself struggling to come up with the accurate words that would do this book justice. Nothing I say will be able to fully express how I feel at this very moment.
Wash Me Away is one of those books that you find yourself engrossed in because of the amount of emotion it's able to evoke. It deals with some touchy subject matter, subjects that are all too familiar in today's world. I
H.R. Savage
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-romance
I have really been getting into some of these YA novels coming out. While some have very annoying teen drama, I feel as though Wendy really avoided that in Wash Me Away. This book made me ugly cry, I'm not even kidding. It had me riveted and clawing for answers.

In the book we follow Addy as she struggles with her past. I won't give away any spoilers, so I'm going to be very vague. She's fighting a battle within herself while trying to seem completely normal on the outside. But as we all know, pu
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Addison watched her father die. She could have helped him, but she just watched. Now she is finally free of the controlling monster who kept her secluded away. Sent to live with her aunt and uncle in a new town where she is attending a real school with other kids, she is starting to learn what life is supposed to be like. With two parental figures that care about her, a new best friend and a cute boy who seems to like her, it all seems overwhelming. Can she trust that Leo likes her for who she i ...more
Michele Tucker
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: y-a
My first book written by Wendy Owens, but definitely not my last!

I love a good YA book and this one did not disappoint! I loved how the author was able to take our emotions on a huge rollercoaster.

Seriously, this book had me laughing, crying, cringing and nervous all throughout the book.

I loved Addy's character. She was brave, yet broken. She was strong, yet needy. There was so many sides to her, that it made me want to just jump into the pages and protect her.

Then you have NapoLEOn... or Leo t
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
In An Oyster Shell- This was an outstanding book that dealt with great responsibility the issue of suicide and particularly teenage suicide. It is not a light read, but one I would recommend to become aware of the grave social reality that suicide is for our teenagers. The third leading cause for that age group in America is suicide. It's a necessary conversation and I felt this author sparked it well. I'm sure it was not easy to do.

The Pearls –

The book opens up from the beginning with a hook yo
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