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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,079 Ratings  ·  301 Reviews
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 l
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published October 4th 2016 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Emily May
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
“These lists are about… point of view. Who tells the story. Ms. James gives us a list of narrators and Mr. Bockus gives us a different one. All in an attempt to grasp that great, elusive, bothersome thing: the truth. I wonder, Richard, why Mr. Bockus doesn’t want you to tell his side of the story?”

An emotional and timely look at sexual assault on a college campus.

We're seeing a lot more books on this issue. Though there's still a long way to go, issues such as rape culture, victim-blaming and
Lola  Reviewer
Oct 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, rape
3.5 stars.


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 sor
This is, hands down, one of the best sexual assault reads in YA, and it's a book that high schoolers of all genders should read.

Told through the points of view of Haley -- a soccer player whose been benched due to her third concussion and roommate of Jenny, who was raped -- and Richard, a housemate of the boy who raped Jenny, and interspersed with short vignettes of the events that actually went down that night, this is a story about who knows the truth, who tells the truth, and the ways that th
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow! Given the outcome of the Brock Turner sentencing and the increase of North American media highlighting the ongoing campus rape culture, "Wrecked" is quite timely. The story is dually narrated by two college students, Haley and Richard, that just happen to meet after the alleged crime has taken place. Neither are aware of the other person's connection to the victim or to the accused.

Unlike the main protagonist of What We Saw who was a bystander that wanted to seek the real story, Haley and
Apr 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
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I had a lot of problems with this book, so I guess we should just get right to it.

A young woman comes home after a night out and tells her friends she’s been raped. A young man comes home after a party and tells his friends he hooked up with a girl. Who’s telling the truth? Who’s lying? And can two people who are on opposing sides keep their budding romance from being dragged into the fray.

Honestly, I thought this sounded really interestin
Michelle (Pink Polka Dot Books)
I really wanted to read this book because it's not often that there's a book set in college that is about something of substance. I'm not going to go on a New Adult rant, but seriously there are so many important stories about the college experience that aren't getting told (I'm thinking more books like Fangirl and less books like Beautiful Disaster).

So, I was very interested to read a book about something as important as sexual assault on college campus. I don't have all my facts in line, but i
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm not one to call a book "required reading" often, but for Maria Padian's Wrecked, I'll gladly pull out that honor. This book should most definitely be considering required reading for not only high school students but for college ones as well.

"Here's one thing I've learned: the real snakes in the world? Don't look like anything you'd expect them to." - pg. 55 (paperback edition) 

Wrecked sets out to answer the question: "What really happened at the party that night?" Jenny claims she was ra
lauren ♡ (wonderless reviews)
I received a free ARC of this book via Netgalley and the Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This is no way affects my opinion.

It's going to take me a while to accumulate my thoughts because right now it would just consist of me typing over and over again how much I hate society. I also want to leave posting my review closer to the release date. In short though this has been one of the hardest books I've had to read. It's heartbreakingly and angrily realistic. It's important and devasta
Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
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During a party, Jenny accuses rape by Jordan. Its aftermath leaves friends, acquaintances and a college swaying towards fact or fiction and what's best for Jenny or Jordan. Verdicts lay in the corners of both students, leaving us all wrecked in its path.

Wrecked offers an unflinching look at sexual assault within our college campuses. Rape, rape-culture, victimization, and perpetrator alignment receive a trial throughout this story's pages. Told between
Sara Grochowski
Beginning the morning after the sexual assault of a freshman college student, Wrecked is told from two adjacent perspectives, including that of Haley, the victim’s roommate, and Richard, the rapist’s housemate. With the start of the school year only weeks behind them, neither Haley nor Richard knows those involved well, yet they both find themselves involved in the resulting inquiry. The situation is further complicated when Haley and Richard, unaware of the other’s relation to the victim and ag ...more
Karen Barber
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Frustrating that this isn't out until October 2016, as I want to tell so many people I know to read this. A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for granting me access to an ARC.
A timely novel exploring attitudes to sexuality on American college campuses.
While the story itself might seem a common one - and a definite publishing theme of the moment - it is skilfully narrated. We are told the story of what happened to Jenny through the eyes of her roommate, Hayley, and Richard, a friend
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Full review on

Every once in awhile a book comes along that tackles difficult subject matter head on in a moving and poignant way. Some of you may remember my glowing review of It Ends With Us and a big part of why I liked that book so much was that Colleen Hoover was not afraid to shed light on a disturbing, yet important subject. Though the issues explored in Wrecked are different, they are no less important and I found myself thinking that it is similar because it’s such an
Amy's Book Reviews
WRECKED is an important story about rape on college campuses encompassing such important themes as consent, drinking, drugs, responsibility to look after friends, how victims and accused are treated.

Told in alternating chapters between the survivor's roommate and a housemate of the accused Maria Padian's novel is at times heavy-handed, feeling like a primer on consent or a lecture on taking care of victims. The writing lacked voice and the prose read as clunky.

None of the characters felt fully
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars? I'm not sure how to rate this one. Was it enjoyable? Not especially. But did I appreciate what this books says and represents, do I think it's an important read? Absolutely. I liked nearly everything about this book, but the entire package fell a bit flat. Would still highly recommend, because we've got to talk about rape more in YA lit, especially in college.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Here is a story about sexual assault on a college campus that talks about partying, drinking, looking out for your friends and most important of all consent. You will also see how people react to the accused and the accuser and how others treat them. I am not to happy with the ending of this one, there was no closure for the victim and what seems typical of now a days the accused walks away scot free. I think that this is a very serious topic that could have been written about a bit differently ...more
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Maria Padian’s Wrecked gave me the feeling I have watching a tightrope walker – I’m scared of what I might see, yet I can’t take my eyes away. In this “he said, she said” story, Jenny, the accuser, says one thing. Jordan, the accused, says another. The tension is only heightened as Haley and Richard, the chosen confidantes of Jenny and Jordan, seem to be on the road to being two of the most star-crossed lovers in contemporary young adult literature. Wrecked is a riveting drama, complete with a b ...more
Kelly Hager
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Richard and Haley are college students and potentially about to start dating. Except Haley's roommate was raped at a party and Richard's housemate was the one accused of the crime. And the guy even told Richard he hooked up with a freshman. Everyone has a different theory about what happened (and a viewpoint on who's to blame).

This is such an important novel and I love that this topic (consent, and what constitutes consent) is presented here. I also love how sensitively it's handled. None of th
Solid 4 stars, even with the horrible, garish pink cover.

This was a strong book about rape culture in colleges, but what made it so enjoyable was its leading characters of Richard and Haley, who get caught up in the accusations and allegations by association. And despite there being interspersed flashbacks to tell the real story of what happened between their POVs, the reader is left to make up their own opinion about what really happened through confused memories, secondhand testimonies and den
Emily Cait
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wrecked got pretty heavy handed with its lesson in some places. The conversations around the difference btwn "yes means yes" compared to "no means no" are incredibly important and I think the novel did a really good job of making the difference between the two clear. But it did so at the expense of character nuance. At times Richard seemed to be unreasonably obtuse purely for the sake of teaching young readers about consent. Maybe it's because I'm an adult, I've encountered this discussion befor ...more
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
I finished Wrecked last night but was left feeling like I had no closure over the events that transpired. Ironic really considering the topic...I'm at a loss's definitely a story that should be read especially given the underwhelming/disappointing response to the rape culture in universities. Full review to come on my blog (Link is in the bio).

Update: Full Review:

I’d like to thank Algonquin Young Readers for approving me to receive an eGalley of
Jillian Quinn
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, and I'm happy to say that this book is a Rave. The first thing I noticed about this book is the cover, which I love, but the synopsis is the reason I had to read Wrecked. I'm trying to read more books that deal with tough topics, rape being among them, and Padian did an excellent job addressing a very sensitive topic.

Narrated from both male and female third person POV, the book follows Haley and Richard, friends of the rape
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Mima by: Kelly
"Here's one thing I've learned: the real snakes in the world? Don't look anything like you'd expect them to."

This is not a 'Rape Book'. Okay, sure, sexual abuse is one of the (many) themes. But it's so much MORE than that: a mystery/thriller, a YA contemporary, a romance. A book about College, and feminism. I really liked the way it had me doubting everyone's motivations.

This book is written in the third person, which I thought made it infinitely more readable. Paired with following Haley and R
Sarah Laurence
After the Stanford sexual assault case, this new YA novel about date rape on a college campus should be required reading for incoming college freshman. The book presents a fictional case with conflicting versions of the truth: an omniscient narration about the rape; the point of view of victim's roommate, and the contrasting POV of the accused's housemate. The sweet romance that develops between the roommate and the housemate models a consensual relationship in sharp contrast to the date rape ca ...more
Kelsey Marie
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
*****For my full review, stop by Darling & Co.*****

Wow! Just wow! That is how I felt when I finished Wrecked. I felt wrecked. There was so much truth and accuracy in this book on rape culture; Maria Padian really hit the nail on the head. It was almost sickening reading about it and knowing that it is that correct. This book really needs to be on a high school reading list. I know it won't because of the subject matter, but that's a different story. This book is really incredible and I belie
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
High schools and colleges and their wider communities need this book and the discussions it's going to spark. The characters are beautifully rendered and absolutely believable ... and we believe them. So which one is telling the truth?
Read this book!
falling asleep reading
This book, overall, was good but the ending really pissed me off…sigh
Wendy Bunnell
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'd finished a book yesterday afternoon and then I dramatically bounced through starting and stopping no less than four other books before I found a review for Wrecked, downloaded the audiobook onto my Kindle, and then pretty much listened to it straight through, pausing only briefly to sleep.

It is so timely, a book about campus sexual assault, date rape, consent, drinking, capacity, and responsibility.

It's about legal remedies vs. campus processes vs. trial by social media and all the little n
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
the fact that this book does not use the victim or the rapist's perspective is such a great move, tbh? because that's the lucky place from where a lot of us see these things unfold, and it's from different parties that we hear what went down and for us to judge (sad, i know) what actually happened, trusting one testimony above other, navigating through a story that has holes in it due to the alcohol and disorientation.
but, above all, it'll make you rage. rage at the victim's helplessness and su
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I received an ARC from both NetGalley and Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review.

I have read a lot of books on sexual assault. I think each one is important in its own way. While this one may not be one of my favorites, I still thought it was powerful and a very important read. What made this book a bit more interesting is that we never get the POV of the rape victim. No, this is about the people surrounding both the victim and the rapist and how muddled the truth can get and how there can b
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“I wish we could start over. I wish we were meeting for the first time. Clean slate.’

Haley considers this. It’s such a little-kid term. ‘Do-over!’ they’d shriek on the four-square court. The kickball field. Back when there was no mistake you couldn’t fix, no hurt you couldn’t heal with Band-Aids, hugs, and snacks. She’d love a do-over as well.”
“The instant the words are out of his mouth, he realizes his mistake. It’s like getting smacked in the back of the head with a snowball: a thud, followed by glass-sharp prickles of dread melting down your neck.” 0 likes
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